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WHAKATANE HERITAGE: Chloe Lagneaux and Guilhem Salvy re-opened Golden Krust Bakery to revive a part of the town’s heritage. Photo Mark Rieder D4184-1

New owners preserve history

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GOLDEN Krust Bakery’s new owners want to celebrate the golden age of the once-famous pie shop that used to supply the Bay of Plenty with…

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Container terminal research two-thirds done

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KAWERAU’S Container Terminal Project is two-thirds of the way toward completion and is expected to be finished in November. The project is assessing the proposed…

Manuka integrity sought

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NEWS reports concerning the integrity of manuka honey risks damaging export markets and undermining the value of the wider beekeeping industry, Apiculture New Zealand says.…

WINNING TEAM: Mark Thompson, Mark Bruce, Patrick McCullough, Michelle McAnulty and Brendan Mitchell are part of the Beaver Kitchens team that won two New Zealand Kitchen and Bathroom Association awards. 
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Two awards for kitchen designer

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BEAVER Kitchens has won two awards in a New Zealand Kitchen and Bathroom Association competition for a high-end wardrobe and a one-of-a-kind bathroom. Beaver Kitchens…

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District plan variation initiated

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WHAKATANE District Council’s policy committee has agreed to initiate a variation to the proposed district plan seeking to have the existing residential zoning for the…

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Traffic flow trial to begin in September

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  A TRAFFIC flow trial beginning in September will test the effect that unrestricted right-of-way access from State Highway 30 through the Landing Road-Hinemoa Street…

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District-wide approach to managing drinking water

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A MORE holistic approach to managing drinking water is proposed for the Whakatane district. A report received by Whakatane District Council’s policy committee last week…

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Court news – Mobster attacks woman

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GANG member Akutina Waitohi Mihinui Toa savagely beat a woman while she was filling up her car at the Z petrol station in Kawerau. On…

Court news – Marae leader sentenced

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A 26-year-old Matahi man pleaded guilty to injuring with intent to injure and not guilty to a charge of presenting a fire arm, which was…

Court news – Jail for terrible record

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WITH a terrible record of beating his partner and breaching protection orders, it was almost inevitable that Percy James Junior Whalley would be sent to…

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Meat and beer stolen

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MEAT and beer were taken from two garages on Sunday. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Mark van der Kley said a garage was broken into at…

Today in brief – Donation box stolen

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OVERNIGHT on Friday or Saturday morning the donation box at the Whakatane SPCA was stolen after the property was entered. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Mark…

Two off-road motorbikes stolen

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AN ORANGE motorbike was stolen from a trailer at a Landing Road address last week. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Yvonne Parker said the burglary happened…

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STUDENT-LED: Tobie Wharewera, 14, and Deyshan Glanville, 15, talk to science teacher Karen Asquith about their ideas for creating a modern, innovative, flexible learning space for future generations at Whakatane High School. Photo Louis Klaassen D4168-25

It’s science – but not as you know it

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KAREN Asquith’s year 10 class at Whakatane High School is co-ordinating its own learning and calling on her for advice as needed. The sustainability project,…

WINNERS: Tarawera High School students Majean Rogers and Nikia Davis are winners of a Chinese speech competition held in Rotorua. Photo supplied

First-year Chinese speech students win competition

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AFTER winning a Chinese speech competition last week, Tarawera High School students Nikia Davis and Majean Rogers have made fluency a goal. Seventeen schools were…

INSPIRIING: Edgecumbe College head of department year 7 and 8 technology teacher Steve Jeffares with Te Kura o Te Teko student Trevaze Hudson.
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Inspiring teacher voting ends Sunday

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VOTING for Warehouse Stationery’s annual search to find New Zealand’s most inspirational teachers closes on Sunday. Twelve Eastern Bay teachers have been nominated from Allandale…

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Man breaks legs after falling into dumpster

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A 20-YEAR-OLD Whakatane man suffered two broken legs when he was knocked into a waste bin at the Whakatane Recycling Park in Te Tahi Street…

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Car collides with fallen tree at Matata

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UPDATE: Contractors are currently working to clear the slip and trees at State Highway 2 near Matata. Stop/go traffic management is in place and the Transport…

FLAME: The garage was burning fiercely when fire fighters arrive at the property. D4158-04

Victoria Avenue garage destroyed + video

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A GARAGE at a vacant Victoria Avenue property caught fire this morning. Whakatane Volunteer Fire Brigade deputy chief Malcolm Rowson said when firefighters arrived at the…

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$310,000 available for environmental efforts

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PEOPLE wanting to help care for land, air, water or wildlife in the Bay are invited to apply to the $310,000 Bay of Plenty Regional…

Waste reduction grants announced

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A SPECIALISED sewing machine, recycling bins and help to divert food from landfills are some of the equipment and projects for 2016 that will receive funding through…

FILL: John Swadling fills a large plastic bag with rubbish he collected along the river. Photos Louis Klaassen D4086-10

Saltmarsh clean-up keeps area nice

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SIX large rubbish bags were filled during the Apanui Saltmarsh Care Group’s monthly clean-up on Saturday. The group meets on the second Saturday of each…

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Mediation pending for resident doctor hours

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MEDIATION  between the NZ Resident Doctors Association and district health boards has been scheduled for Monday, September 12. Health boards and the association are negotiating a renewal of the collective…

Keytruda drug registered to treat lung cancer

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DRUG maker Merck, Sharp and Dohme yesterday announced its drug Keytruda (pembrolizumab) has been registered by Medsafe New Zealand for certain patients suffering from lung…

Three Eastern Bay people seek health role

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THE Eastern Bay has three opportunities to gain representation on the Bay of Plenty District Health Board during the October local government elections. Whakatane residents…

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WINNERS: Tarawera High School students Majean Rogers and Nikia Davis are winners of a Chinese speech competition held in Rotorua. Photo supplied

First-year Chinese speech students win competition

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AFTER winning a Chinese speech competition last week, Tarawera High School students Nikia Davis and Majean Rogers have made fluency a goal. Seventeen schools were…

NOVICE: Te Whata Tau o Putatuaki’s novice kapa haka practise their performance. The group will take the stage first in Friday’s Rangitaiki Kapa Haka Festival. Photo 
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Rangitaiki festival time

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HUNDREDS of children will perform on stage at this year’s Rangitaiki Kapa Haka Festival on Friday. The biennial festival will be held for the first…

Three mayoral candidates for Kawerau

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THREE Kawerau residents stepped forward to seek the mayoral role in local government elections on October 8. Incumbent Mayor Malcolm Campbell faces challenges from resident…

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Amazing St John

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LAST weekend Whakatane Clinical School of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board hosted 30 health professional students on a grass roots experience. Students came…

Manuka’s healing properties

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SHANE, your article on manuka in the Beacon is very interesting. Manuka does indeed have healing properties. I have used it to heal wounds on…

Traffic-flow crisis

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THE traffic flow trial that will begin at the Landing Road Bridge in September will only work effectively if traffic flow through The Hub car…

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Tuhoe debate dropping the G

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TUHOE may be discussing whether to drop the G in the written form of te reo Maori, but there is still no move to apply…

TORN LOYALTIES: Tuhoe chief executive Kirsti Luke opposes increasing liquor trading hours in Taneatua, but Tuhoe activist Tame Iti supports an application for one more hour a day.

Application splits town – Extra hour to sell liquor

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OPPOSITION to Taneatua’s liquor store increasing its opening hours includes Tuhoe’s chief executive and the head of the town’s well-being centre, but the applicants have…

SOLEMN PERFORMANCE: The tamariki (children) from Te Kura o Te Paroa show off the benefits of all of their hours of hard work. D4128-015

Biggest Rangitaiki Kapa haka ever

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THE Rangitaiki Kapa haka festival was the biggest in the event’s history, according to host school principal Ripeka Lessels. The biennial event was hosted by…

More in opotiki-news »opotiki-news

Suspicious fires linked to whanau ‘squabbles’

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AS police appeal for further information about three suspicious fires on the Coast, long-serving Waihau Bay fire chief Bill Green has expressed suspicion the fires…

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Smoke alarm saves house

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A WORKING smoke alarm has been credited with saving a rental property in Opotiki’s King Street on Monday afternoon, after an electric blanket in an…

DESTROYED: Looking over the total destruction with fire investigator Jon Rewi (left) is owner of the house Kiwi Skipper, with her cousin Sarah, who was offering her support. Photo Ross McCullough OB 1722

Arson claims two buildings at Te Kaha

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FIREFIGHTERS could not save a two-bedroom house and separate sleep-out near Te Kaha on Friday, August 12, from a fire police are describing as suspicious.…

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Hotter OC spray for Bay

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BAY of Plenty police will continue to use a stronger pepper spray after trialling it for over two years. Both the Taser stunner and OC…

Today in brief – Donation box stolen

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OVERNIGHT on Friday or Saturday morning the donation box at the Whakatane SPCA was stolen after the property was entered. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Mark…

Holiday home fraudsters

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THREE separate thefts have occurred at Ohope holiday homes during the past three weeks by people who were supposedly renting them. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant…

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Forecast milk price lifts 50 cents

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IN what will be welcome news for dairy farmers, Fonterra last week increased its forecast milk price for the current 2016-17 season by 50 cents to $4.75…

TEST RESULTS: Tautane Station manager Matt Smith says he is impressed with 
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Progeny test results roll in

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RESULTS coming in now from Beef and Lamb New Zealand beef progeny testing will allow commercial farmers to bank on estimated breeding values for calf…

Drop in beef and lamb exports

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BEEF and lamb exports to key markets fell in July, slicing into overall meat exports, Statistics NZ says. In the month of July 2016, total…