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Built in stone


THE spectacular 14-hectare property at the mouth of the Motu River, Oariki Coastal Cottage, is in safe hands under the guardianship of stone mason, landscaper…

Mobile music teacher


UNTIL five or six years ago, Cecilie Rose and her mobile music school were a familiar sight at schools from Ohope Beach to Te Kaha.…

More in business »business

More rooms key to growth


NEW accommodation development would generate more additional tourism for New Zealand than any other category of infrastructure, new research has found. Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA)…

Oji upgrades paper bag facility


OJI Fibre Solutions officially opens its Auckland paper bag manufacturing plant on Friday after spending $30 million to upgrade and expand the facility. The capital…

Politics, spring weather makes consumers wary


CONSUMER confidence dipped over the past three months, with people wary about the economic outlook but still hopeful enough to keep the country’s optimism index…

More in council »council

Parking limits for Kope


WHAKATANE’S only pay and display area will disappear and Kopeopeo will become a parking zone in a series of amendments to the town’s restrictions register.…

Regional council donates $700,000


BAY of Plenty Regional Council has agreed to give $700,000 to support people affected by this month’s Eastern Bay flood event. The decision was made…

Mayor Talk – Shining lights in our darkest hour


AS most of you will be aware, the events since April 6 have been challenging, to say the least. The utter devastation caused by Cyclone…

More in court-news »court-news

Court news – Last chance – jail next time for drink driver


JEFFREY Waea Moses had been at a tangi before he was pulled over and breath-tested by police. He was stopped while driving in Edgecumbe and…

Court news – Outbacks head bailed


THE president of the Outbacks chapter of the Black Power was granted bail when he appeared in the Whakatane District Court via audio visual link…

Court news – Threat to post intimate images


BRIAN Michael Roy Whare threatened to post intimate pictures on social media if his former partner didn’t give him money. Whare pleaded guilty to two…

More in crime »crime

Trustee steals $200,000 for alcohol and gambling


AN 81-year-old man stole nearly $200,000 from a trust over 10 years to feed his addiction to alcohol and gambling. Brian Alfred Nepia Skelton pleaded…

Skimming scam returns


EASTERN Bay police are warning people about the reappearance of a skimming scam involving devices fastened to ATM machines. Senior Sergeant Mark van der Kley…

Televisions, laptop, Holden stolen


TWO televisions and a laptop were stolen from an Ohope home last week. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Mark van der Kley said two Samsung televisions,…

More in education »education

NCEA results released


NCEA confirmed results are in, reinforcing that students are receiving a top-quality education at most of the Eastern Bay’s secondary schools. The 2016 results were…

Energy-saving school secures more funding


IN just under four years, Trident High School’s energy student council has adopted strategies that have cut energy use by 34 percent, saving the school…

Junior kapa haka students off to Japan


JUNIOR kapa haka students from Whakatane High School will join a mayoral trip to Japan later in the year. Mayor Tony Bonne is leading a…

More in emergency-services »emergency-services

Gisborne council gives $10,000


GISBORNE District Council will donate $10,000 to the victims of the Edgecumbe Flood. The donation was approved at a meeting of the council’s Future Tairawhiti…

Lime spread over 70 hectares to fight bacteria


LIME was spread over 70 hectares of farmland near Edgecumbe and Taneatua last week to counter risk of infection posed by sewage spread by floodwaters…

Volunteer lunch a show of appreciation


TWO hundred volunteers, many from countries as far away as the Ukraine, France and Germany, who are helping to clean up flood-stricken Edgecumbe homes, were…

More in environment-news »environment-news

Plenty of ducks around this season


GAME bird hunters in Fish and Game’s Eastern Region can expect one of the best hunting seasons for some time, going by the latest research into…

Whales die on Moutohora


A GRAY’S beaked whale and her calf died yesterday on Moutohora-Whale Island. The mother whale was discovered stranded on one of the sandy beaches on…

DNA tests for pipi pollution


BAY of Plenty Regional Council is hoping recent rainfall will produce sufficient runoff into the Waiotahe River to enable the source of faecal coliform bacteria…

More in health »health

Flu immunisation campaign launched


THE annual influenza immunisation campaign was launched last week by health minister Jonathan Coleman. Dr Coleman said more than one million New Zealanders were immunised…

Free HPV immunisation


YOUNG people are being urged to protect themselves from a common cancer-causing virus. The human papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation is available free for both males and…

No typhoid cases in the Bay


NO cases of typhoid have been reported in the Bay of Plenty, according to public health service Toi Te Ora. Another suspected case of typhoid…

More in kawerau-news »kawerau-news

Kawerau streets pedestrian friendly


ROAD safety features will be installed in Kawerau following concerns about pedestrian crossings. Kawerau District Council had agreed to install a median refuge island on…

$180m plant for Kawerau


A PARTICLE board plant employing 100 people will be built near Kawerau within two years to produce panel board for export to China. Chinese-based Guangxi…

Fun features at Kawerau event


A MEGA inflatable city will go up at the Waterhouse Street Reserve on Saturday, part of a family fun event at Kawerau this weekend FLOWQUEST…

More in letters »letters

Forced to leave precedent


APPARENTLY, I live in the most dangerous place in New Zealand – the Awatarariki fanhead at Matata. As the Beacon has reported, Whakatane District Council is to ask the regional…

Road safety issue


ALL around this district I have noticed a lack of safe roads where floods, slips and cyclone damage repairs to them seems to have been…

Restoration a prime responsibility


I UNDERSTAND Sir Michael Cullen is leading an inquiry into the shocking disaster in Edgecumbe. I am not a resident of that ruined township, but…

More in maori-affairs »maori-affairs

Crown failing to keep Maori from prison – Tribunal


THE Waitangi Tribunal has found the Crown in breach of its Treaty obligations by failing to prioritise the reduction of the high rate of Maori…

Maori keen to profit from water


IF the Government starts charging for water, it will open the way for Maori to apply for a share of that revenue, Bay of Plenty…

Maori children need whanau, hapu and iwi


MAINTAINING a child’s familial and cultural connections is key to ensuring their future safety, according to the leaders of a Whakatane social services provider. Delegates…

More in opotiki-news »opotiki-news

Giant carrot found hiding among lesser peers


A CARROT clocking up 4.1kg on the scales has been quietly hiding in Woodlands resident Ian Jeffery’s garden. Going outside to pick up the next…

Trust funds Opotiki marae wharekai makeover


THE sight of elders sitting and talking in a dining hall may seem very ordinary, but for Arihia Tuoro, a Te Rere Marae trustee at…

Remote consultations for Anne


WAIOTAHE resident Anne Looney was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2013. “It was dreadful,” she said. “I could hardly walk and I felt poisoned.” Mrs…

More in police-news »police-news

Poor result from checkpoint


A POLICE checkpoint yesterday caught several drivers and passengers not following road rules. Eastern Bay road policing manager Ray Wylie said the Landing Road checkpoint…

More police resources for the Bay


AN additional 880 police will be recruited over the next four years and deployed to areas most in need, including 69 in the Bay of…

Flood reveals stolen jet-ski


A JET-SKI and trailer stolen from Waiewe Street two weeks ago has been found in a flooded Ruatoki paddock. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Yvonne Parker…

More in rural »rural

Wool prices hold steady


ONLY 67 percent of the 8450 bales on offer were cleared at the South Island wool sale last week. New Zealand Wool Services International chief…

Maize down but not out


THE double-tap of cyclones Debbie and Cook has resulted in many fields of maize being knocked down, making harvesting harder for contractors. Bales R Us…

New councillor sworn in


BAY of Plenty Regional Council’s newest councillor has been welcomed with a powhiri. Matemoana McDonald will represent the Mauao Maori constituency, filling the role left…