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Truck crash closes road + video


AWAKERI Road will be closed between Awakeri and Edgecumbe this afternoon while a crane rights a trailer unit that tipped earlier today. The road was…

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Celebrating 40 years


COMMUNITY Handcrafts in Kopeopeo today celebrates 40 years of serving the community. The shop in King Street was the brain child of Betty Gardiner. It…

ACCESS DISPUTE: These Fairview Road users from left, Lance Bates, Allen McConnell, and Derek Drayton, have fallen out with the Michael and Margaret Kirk, the owners of the kiwifruit orchard in the rear.                      Photo Keith Melville D2548-03

Road war flares


FOR the second time in two weeks force has been used to remove a locked gate blocking a Nukuhou North man’s way out from a…

SUNNY DAYS: It has never rained on the marae-based youth court since it began in Whakatane. Photos Louis Klaassen D2275-12

Marae-based court engaging offenders


– Beacon police reporter Megan Hunt takes a look at Te Kooti Rangatahi, the marae-based justice system that is providing another option for the Eastern Bay’s…

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Kawerau credit union to fill Ruatoria gap


KAWERAU credit union Credit Union Central will be filling the void left by Westpac when it closes its branch in Ruatoria next month. Credit Union…

GROUNDED: Air Chathams has grounded its 50-seater Convair over winter because of low passenger numbers

Smaller plane for winter flights


WHILE Air Chathams may be pulling out all of the stops to ensure the All Blacks get to Whakatane in September, it seems the town…


Airline makes rescue offer – again


AIR Chathams is offering to come to Whakatane’s rescue, again. The All Blacks announced Whakatane would be among several towns, including Westport, which would be…

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NEW SYSTEM:Lifeguard Jardenia Curtin and Whakatane District Council aquatics and recreation manager Garner Gulliver with the new UV treatment system. Photo supplied

UV treatment system brings immediate benefits


THE commissioning of a UV water treatment system at the Whakatane Aquatic and Fitness Centre has seen immediate benefits for users and staff alike. Whakatane…

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Mayor Talk – Wairaka Centennial Park will need public support


THE proposed redevelopment of Wairaka Centennial Park into an excellent, family-oriented riverside recreation area will soon reach a crucial point – the effort to find…


Spit sand removal required to reduce flood risk


A BULLDOZER was busy removing built-up sand on the spit next to the Whakatane River mouth yesterday. Whakatane District Council is undertaking the work at…

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Court news – Six weeks jail for detention breaches


A TE TEKO man who breached his home detention sentence said he chased a would-be burglar from his property. Karekare Terry Tim Tarei pleaded guilty…

NEW SETTING: Te Whare o Toroa hosts the marae-based youth court process on behalf of all marae in the Eastern Bay. Photo Louis Klaassen D2275-41

Te Kooti Rangatahi – engaging the victims


Beacon police reporter Megan Hunt takes a look at Te Kooti Rangatahi, the marae-based justice system that is providing another option for the Eastern Bay’s…

Court news – Jail for intermediate arson


Jail for Intermediate arson THE man responsible for starting the fire that damaged Whakatane Intermediate School’s performing arts room in August last year will spend…

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Cordon to find wanted man


A POLICE Armed Offender Squad cordoned off McGarvey Road on Friday afternoon after a member of the public tipped-off police a wanted man was in…

Don’t drink and punch


POLICE are warning pub-goers to keep an eye on their mates after an altercation between two men outside The Office on The Strand on Saturday,…

ILLEGAL REQUEST: Vanessa Scrivens, 16, was completing her homework on Tuesday when she was approached by a man who offered to pay her for sex. 
Photo Louis Klaassen D2557-05

Teen offered $300 for sex


A MAN described as a “foreign worker” is facing deportation from New Zealand after offering a Te Teko teenager $300 to have sex with him…

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MUSICAL GOLD: Rangitaiki Independent School’s musicians have returned from the 2015 Waikato/Bay of Plenty schools music festival with gold medals. Photo Louis Klaassen D2542-07

Double gold performance for Rangitaiki


RANGITAIKI Independent School has made it a golden double at the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Schools Music Festival. The school picks up medals most years and…

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS: Lily Chase, Raimee Harvey, Chloe Samal, Luke Clark, Kiera Dooley, Shania Nickel, Janevah Stewart and Tiana Cowley buy cupcakes to help raise funds for the SPCA. Photo: Louis Klaassen D2540-04

Apanui School supports animal welfare


RAIMEE Harvey wanted to do her bit for the SPCA after learning that the organisation only receives a nominal amount from the Government and must…

LINING UP: On stage are Steamers players Joe Royal, Zak Hohneck, Craig Clare and Papa Wharewera and mascot Steamie. D2523-022

Bay Steamers step up for programme


THE Bay of Plenty Steamers visited Eastern Bay schools on Wednesday, spreading an important message. Steamers players also visited St Joseph’s, Apanui, Ohope Beach, Allandale…

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Douglas Street bush fire


DOUGLAS Street residents noticed the smell of petrol lingering around a suspicious fire in bushes near the neighbourhood’s stream on Saturday evening. Whakatane police Senior…

Photo Louis Klaassen D2550-21

Woman injured in quad bike accident


A WOMAN critically injured in a farm bike accident on a McCoy Road property on Wednesday morning is now in Waikato Hospital. The 69-year-old suffered…

SMOKING MESS: A Waste Management truck disgorges its smoking load yesterday afternoon.
Photos Louis Klaassen 

A flaming waste


A SMOKING mass of rubbish was dumped in a Keepa Road paddock yesterday afternoon after the driver of a Waste Management truck noticed smoke rising…

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Spawning trout hint at ‘solid catches’ ahead


WITH well over 1000 trout passing through the Te Wairoa trap on Lake Tarawera so far this spawning season, Fish & Game staff are optimistic…

Saving kiwi from extinction achievable


A GROUND-BREAKING study has identified for the first time a roadmap to save the kiwi from extinction. Undertaken by Landcare Research, ‘Saving a National Icon’…

GARDEN SECTION: Rob Whitbourne, Bill Clark, Michelle Bolger and Jo Bonner at the new Rongoa Rakau section at the Onepu Community Recreation Park. Photo Louis Klaassen D2529-04

Maori medicine new addition at Onepu


BILL Clark reckons Onepu Wetlands is going to be “the place to be” after planting various native species with medicinal properties at the Onepu Community…

More in health »health

Influenza vaccine extended


IT’S still not too late to vaccinate against influenza, with the free vaccine programme extended to Friday, September 11. “With influenza at relatively high levels…

Influenza vaccine programme further extended


IT’S still not too late to vaccinate against influenza with the free vaccine programme further extended until Friday,  September 11. “With influenza at relatively high…

RAISING FUNDS: ANZ workers Carol Takamore and David Burgess are looking to raise all the funds they can on Daffodil Day to help support the Cancer Society. Photo Louis Klaassen D2544-18

Daffodil Day celebrates 25 years


THE Cancer Society is going “royal” as it celebrates 25 years of Daffodil Day. The society marks the milestone this week and has released special…

More in kawerau-news »kawerau-news

Eastern Bay cycle trail to connect towns


A PROPOSED spine of cycle trails connecting Eastern Bay towns is a few pedals closer after the region’s councils agreed to a draft strategy. The…

Malcom Campbell,
Kawerau mayor

Kawerau smoke-free zones expand


SMOKING within 10 metres of school entrances could be banned in Kawerau by the end of September. Kawerau District Council adopted a new draft smoke-free…

Easement into Parimahana reserve


AN easement to allow Ngati Tuwharetoa Geothermal Assets better vehicle access to a geothermal bore site has been granted by Kawerau District Council this month.…

More in letters »letters

Maori Party supported ‘disgraceful’ legislation


TE Ururoa Flavell’s members column (August 21) was interesting (sort of) and deserves a response. He complains about the Maori Party not being consulted over…

Pool improvements welcome


THIS letter is to voice the gratitude of myself and I am sure many other aquatic centre pool users for the recent huge improvements to the…

Support for Te Patuwai


THE Rena – To you staunch members of the Te Patuwai. I will stand with you on your issue. Get them to get rid of…

More in maori-affairs »maori-affairs

Enid Ratahi-Pryor,
Ngati Awa Group Holdings Ltd general manager

Ructions in the runanga


RUCTIONS within Ngati Awa, which have been stirring since the chairman of tribe’s financial arm announced it was ditching Enid Ratahi-Pryor as its general manager,…

POPULAR CHOICE: Over the past 110 years, many families in the Eastern Bay have chosen to send their daughters to Turakina Maori Girls College..

Turakina alumni stand up for school


WHEN the Turakina alumni from Bay of Plenty met there were doctors, lawyers, community board members, academics and nurses. The group met earlier this month…

Pouroto Ngaropo,
Ngati Awa deputy chairman

Invest in kiwifruit says Ngati Awa leader


AFTER travelling with a delegation to Asia this month to look at how kiwifruit is being sold and marketed, Ngati Awa’s deputy chairman wants the…

More in opotiki-news »opotiki-news

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Shooter bites the bullet in the USA


OPOTIKI shooter Irene Cameron is back in New Zealand after having competed in the World Long Range Championships in the United States. The competition was…

Opotiki place names corrected


LAND Information Minister Louise Upston today announced her decision to correct the spelling of 12 place and feature names in the Opotiki District. The names…

SALES: There were 130 copies of the book sold at the launch. OB1317-08

EBOP book launched in paradise


THE launch of the Paradise: Eastern Bay of Plenty book at the Whakatane Library last week has created a buzz in more ways than one.…

More in police-news »police-news

Police seek owner of woman’s bike


WHAKATANE police are looking for the owner of a woman’s mountainbike, coloured silver. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Yvonne Parker said officers discovered a man pushing…

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Whakatau pleads not guilty to burglary


THE man at the centre of a hunt for Auckland teen LA Tukerangi has pleaded not guilty to five burglary charges. Dean Whakatau, 36, appeared in…

Victim: Rangimaria White.

Vehicle of interest in hit-and-run eliminated


A VEHICLE police suspected may have been involved in the hit-and-run death of Te Teko teenager Rangimaria White in Opotiki on July 26 has been…

More in rural »rural


Farm art acts as location finder


THIS corrugated-iron bull is one of two marking the main entrance to Paul and Heather Warneford’s State Highway 2 property at Waimana. Mrs Warneford said…

Power-play innovation for dairy awards


ENTRANTS in the 2016 dairy manager of the year contest will play to their strengths with a “power-play” initiative among the new judging criteria. The…

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Feed Tactics field days for farmers


DAIRYNZ is organising a series of field days throughout New Zealand to help dairy farmers obtain the best returns from stock feed. One of three…