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OLD AND NEW: Anita, Benedek “Benne” and Bence Bodo are enjoying their new life in Opotiki. Insert, a few of the beer bottle caps which decorate the Bodo home.

New home for Bodo family


THE Bodo family ooze warmth and generosity, their smiles are infectious. Bence and Anita Bodo with son Benedek are a team that made the massive…

RUNNER: Giving up smoking sparked Janis Robb’s 20-year interest in running. Photo supplied

Inspiring run for pink lady


AT 61, Janis Robb is a veritable bundle of energy. Preparing to take part in the 2016 Auckland Marathon this weekend, Janis is full of…

BIKERS: Mums Bums on Bikes, from left, Jo Spod, Alecia Osborne, Fiona Hennessey, Yvonne Osborne, Claire Craig ( Rotorua) , Ashleigh Jackson, Pauline Hapi ( Rotorua), Michelle Jackson, Juliette Brawn (Te Puke), Win Macmillan (Rotorua-support) and Margaret Claasen ( Rotorua - support). Photo supplied

Mums’ bums on bikes


WITH another epic bike ride under their belts, Mums Bums on Bikes are celebrating their physical achievement, as well as the funds they’ve once again raised…


Family burgled as they slept


IN a brazen robbery, a Whakatane family’s belongings were stolen in the middle of Tuesday night as they slept. Rod Topperwien says he and his…


Planting manuka for honey


MANUKA, once considered a weed, has become so valuable a Whakatane-based business is planting the native tree commercially for honey and essential oil production. The…

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Landing Road motel ranked seventh


WHAKATANE ranked sixth overall for the second year in a row among the best-rated destinations for accommodation in the Bay of Plenty, according to online…

MOVING TIME: Whakatane restaurant Soulsa is shifting to the former Soul Organics location on Richardson Street. Photo Louis Klaassen

Soul to Soulsa


SOULSA restaurant owners Jono and Stacey Marr are moving to a new location on Richardson Street to provide a different dining experience for customers and…

THANK YOU MR HOOKER: Whakatane LJ Hooker principal agent Debra Gibbons changed brands to improve services for her clients. Photo Louis Klaassen D4434-5

Brand switch for real estate


WHAKATANE First National real estate has changed brands to LJ Hooker to take advantage of an increasingly hot real estate market and provide improved customer…

More in council »council

Mayor announces vision and changes


WHAKATANE Mayor Tony Bonne plans to replace the Grow Whakatane Advisory Board with another he referred to on Wednesday as a Commercial Advisory Board. The…


Improved beach access


MULCHED beach accessways are evidence of a significant stormwater upgrading initiative now nearing completion in Ohope. Whakatane District Council public affairs manager Ross Boreham said…

Judy Turner, deputy mayor for a third term.

Third term as deputy mayor for Turner


JUDY Turner will be reappointed Whakatane’s deputy mayor when the newly-elected Whakatane District Council meets for the first time today. “Why change something that’s not…

More in court-news »court-news

Court – Female assaults male


LETITIA Hine Pukohurangi Teepa was in court after assaulting her partner, despite the fact that he reacted by holding her against a wall by her…

Court news – Poisonous relationship


A KAWERAU woman who punched her partner in the head causing her to be admitted to hospital with concussion, later caused problems at the hospital.…

Court news – Caught with cannabis on home detention


WHILE serving a sentence of home detention, Aaron Dudley Wright, 24, was caught in possession of cannabis. Police went to Wright’s house on an unrelated…

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Brutal assault sends gang member to jail


A KAWERAU man who brutally attacked a woman at a service station because he believed she was cheeky was sentenced to 12 months in jail…


Police seek pair on violence matters


OPOTIKI police are seeking two men who they say are avoiding them. Sergeant Dale Allison said a warrant to arrest 25-year-old Michael Poharama, from Opotiki,…


Eight retailers sell tobacco to underage youths


EIGHT Eastern Bay retailers sold tobacco to an underage person during a recent operation conducted by public health service Toi Te Ora. However, 46 shopkeepers…

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SWITCHED ON: Oscar Langley, in front of the Kopeopeo substation, is the recipient of an Eastern Bay Energy Trust scholarship. Photo supplied

Power scholarships on offer for trainees


THE Eastern Bay Energy Trust is nearing another milestone. Within weeks the trust will award its 100th scholarship to support Eastern Bay people to train…

Pirates hunt for treasure at Poroporo


CHILDREN from Bizzy Buddyz childcare in Whakatane dressed up as pirates on Wednesday for a day of high seas action and treasure hunting at the…

ENVIRONMENTAL GRANT: Trident High School’s Phillip Dain receives a $3000 cheque from Penny Garland (O-I NZ Environmental Fund). Alongside are, from left, Daniel Perkinson, Tyler Melbourne, Dave Dobbin, Joshua Halberg, Penny Garland, Paul Camburn (maintenance manager), Dean Morgan, Phillip Dain, Nigel Rowland (technology teacher), Jordan King and Edgar Smits. Photo supplied

School wins environmental grant


TRIDENT High School has received a $3000 grant towards the latest addition to its environmental programme – a rainwater harvest system. Glass container manufacturer O-I…

More in emergency-services »emergency-services

Cyclist stable in hospital


AN 86-year-old cyclist knocked off his bike near Matata on Monday is still in Whakatane Hospital but in a stable condition. Kawerau police Senior Sergeant…


Boy hospitalised after dog attack


AN 11-year-old boy was taken to Whakatane Hospital on Saturday after he was attacked by two dogs that belonged to his mother’s partner. Senior Sergeant…

Man still critical after fall


THE man who fell from a Whakatane Hotel balcony nearly two weeks ago remains in a critical condition. Kodie Waitapu was still in Waikato Hospital’s…

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NEW LIFE: One-week old New Zealand dotterel chicks are checking out the environment. Supplied

Shorebirds have started nesting


A DEPARTMENT of Conservation ranger hopes the Eastern Bay will claim a second bird crown this year, and that birds are not trampled in the…


Remediation site deemed unsuitable


A SITE earmarked for containment of dioxin-containing sediment from Kopeopeo Canal has been ruled unusable by a geotechnical report. At a community liaison group meeting…

FIRST HARVEST: The first mussels from Opotiki’s mussel farm destined for retail sale are unloaded from the Northern Quest at the Whakatane wharf yesterday. Photo Louis Klaassen D4379-21

Mussel delight takes hold


SMILES on the faces of people involved with Opotiki’s aquaculture venture were almost as big as the mussels in their first harvest yesterday. The Northern…

More in health »health

Legionnaires disease warning


A HEALTH official is warning people to keep themselves safe while working with compost and potting mix to avoid contracting legionellosis, also known as Legionnaires’…

Sandy Milne,
microbiology campaigner

Select committee ‘notes’ concerns – takes no action


PARLIAMENT’S health select committee has noted concerns expressed by Whakatane microbiology campaigner Sandy Milne, but has not recommended taking any action in response to them.…

Overweight Mother and Daughter

Work continues to reduce childhood obesity


HEALTH minister Jonathan Coleman saysone year on from the launch of the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan, good progress is being made. “Obesity is a serious…

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Quality entries in woodskills


THE National Woodskills Competition at Kawerau has been touted as the only one of its kind in the world. In its 26th year, the 2016…

BNZ Kawerau branch to close


BNZ has decided to close its Kawerau branch permanently next month. Bank retail regional manager Martin Sadd said Kawerau store transactions declined significantly over the…

Kawerau council to manage information centre


MANAGEMENT at the Kawerau Information Centre will be taken over by Kawerau District Council from Saturday. Previously, the centre was managed by a contractor. The…

More in letters »letters

Low-cut top stupidity warning


I READ an article today introducing Wonder Woman as the honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls. I wish I could say I…

Should have read the Beacon


CONGRATULATIONS to the Beacon and reporter Sven Carlsson, for the great result regarding the Wainui area being wrongly called Waiou in the 111 emergency call…

Place wire ropes in centre


I AM appalled by the road toll in New Zealand and I fully support road safety improvements to reduce death and injury. Along State Highway…

More in maori-affairs »maori-affairs

Dioxin research halted


A RESEARCH project aimed at identifying the impacts of dioxins on those who have lived near contaminated sites in Whakatane has been side-lined because a…

Rae Beverley Adlam. former trustee

Adlam decision overturned again


RAE Beverley Adlam has dropped her claim she is entitled to a share of proceeds from the sale of a power station. Her position was…

Enid Ratahi-Pryor

Former runanga chief executive wins seat


TE Runanga o Ngati Awa’s former chief executive is back, this time as a board member. Enid Ratahi Pryor will become the representative for Ngai…

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Rescued bittern dies of starvation


A BITTERN rescued and nursed back to health, then released near where it was found injured on a roadside near Ohiwa Harbour, has died. Department…

SHY GIRL: Pre-schooler  Skye Anthony felt a tad shy when her goat Popcorn was being inspected by judge Eileen Goldsmith. OB1784-11

Nukuhou hosts calf group day


THE Group Day hosted by Nukuhou North School saw 34 children and their animals vying for awards. Record keeper Shannon Vanstone said 20 animals from…


Police seek pair on violence matters


OPOTIKI police are seeking two men who they say are avoiding them. Sergeant Dale Allison said a warrant to arrest 25-year-old Michael Poharama, from Opotiki,…

More in police-news »police-news

Ray Wylie,
Eastern District’s police harm prevention officer

Teens drinking with permission slips too


UNDERAGE Eastern Bay teenagers are turning up to parties with a signed note from their parents to say they can drink alcohol, but police are…

Silly season driver warning


THE silly season seems to have begun earlier this year, according to Eastern Bay road policing manager Ray Wylie, who is reminding motorists to drive…

DIPLOMA: Eastern Bay area commander Inspector Kevin Taylor and district commander Superintendent Andy McGregor with Kawerau Constable Don Te Maipi who received a diploma in police workplace practice. Photos Louis Klaassen D4381-16

Honours for Eastern Bay police


EASTERN Bay police officers were presented with awards for their service at a ceremony on Tuesday. The ceremony was held in a Whakatane Child Youth…

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POLLINATORS: Crops like kiwifruit have very low nutritional levels, whereas the pohutukawa has a mass of nectar to help feed the bees.

How much room do bees need?


A NUMBER of people have asked just what are the space requirements of bees? It’s difficult, but the rule of thumb is 40 hives require…

More milk consumed in schools


NEW research shows 12 percent more Kiwi children are meeting recommended daily dairy consumption guidelines since the introduction of the Fonterra Milk for Schools programme.…

OLIVE YOU: Wil and Gerrit Kruithoed’s olive oils have won awards since they began growing the fruit commercially at their Thornton orchard in 2011. Photo Mark Rieder D4405-1

More awards for olive growers


FOR Whakatane-based olive orchardists Gerrit and Wil Kruithoed, the sandy soil of Thornton offers the perfect conditions for their award-winning Moutohora Estate brand olive oil.…