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John Key 
New Zealand
Prime Minister

Key quits – EastBay reaction


PRIME minister John Key, pictured, announced yesterday he will stand down as the country’s leader. At a press conference at Parliament, Mr Key said in…

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Community helps catch wanted man


THE Ruatoki community, dogs, horses and Eastern Bay police worked together to capture a fleeing man on Sunday. Forty-two-year-old Anthony Gene Wharton was arrested after…

SANTA rode into town on Saturday for a pre-Christmas visit and was the guest of honour in the Whakatane Christmas Parade.

Floating into Christmas


IT started to look a lot like Christmas in Whakatane with the annual Radio 1XX Christmas Parade on Saturday. Whakatane Rotary West parade organiser Shelley…

HIGH HONOURS: Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi staff Vaughan Bidois, Paul Kayes, Virgina Warriner and Nathan Matthews were honoured at a ceremony last week. Photo supplied

Wananga honours staff


TE Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi honoured four of its staff by upgrading their academic status at an awards ceremony last week. Nathan Matthews, Paul Kayes…

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Adeline Redman,
rural solicitor

Law firm wins regional award


EASTERN Bay law firm BlackmanSpargo has won its fifth regional law firm of the year award in the 2016 New Zealand law awards. They business,…

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From caravan to container


MATATA’S Drift cafe has undergone an upgrade, moving from caravan to container. The Drift caravan, which has operated on the town’s main street for the…

Kenny McCracken,
KG Kayaks owner

Tourism all-year round


AN Eastern Bay tourism operator says the Whakatane area is capable of being a year-round tourist destination, given its climate and availability of things to…

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Tony Bonne,
Whakatane mayor

Mayor talk – Security camera rate proposed


AN issue raising its ugly head more and more recently is recurring graffiti and vandalism in our district, particularly in Whakatane’s central business district. Not…

ROUNDABOUT CHANGES: A droplet roundabout will keep the increased volumes of traffic crossing the Landing Road bridge flowing when the Pekatahi Bridge is closed for redevelopment next year.

Landing Road teardrop is back


THE teardrop roundabout is coming back to Landing Road. Reconfigured as a part of a trial to investigate options to alleviating traffic congestion during the…

Phil Goff,
Auckland Mayor

Leaders scoff at Goff levy


WHAKATANE does not need a visitor levy similar to the one proposed by Auckland Mayor Phil Goff this week. Mr Goff has proposed a visitor…

More in court-news »court-news

Court news – Basher receives home detention instead of jail


SENTENCED to nine months jail for viciously beating the man who almost ran over his nephew, Ngaromati Taipeti was back in Whakatane District Court last…

Court for two who chased thieves


TWO Kawerau men will appear in the Tauranga District Court in March next year to determine whether they are guilty of killing a man who…

Court news – Mother in moving car hits boy with BB gun


A MOTHER who fired a BB gun out the window of a moving car and hit an 11-year-old boy was sentenced to 140 hours of…

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GUILTY: Cindy Taylor sentenced for manslaughter.

13 years jail for fatal neglect


A DAUGHTER who let her mother, former Whakatane restaurant owner Ena Lai Dung, starve to death in her own waste has been jailed for 13…

MURDER SCENE: Police cordon off a Wellington Street house in Opotiki after a woman died following a domestic incident. OB1806-02

Domestic violence claims pregnant woman’s life


A MAN has been charged with murder following the death of woman in a domestic incident at Wellington Street in Opotiki on Tuesday night. Robert…

Man attacked with pipe, machete


ON Tuesday evening a 39-year-old man was assaulted by men armed with a machete and steel pipe on Opape Beach Road, Opotiki. “He sustained serious…

More in education »education

Whakatane schools lead the way


WHAKATANE’S community of learning has been showcased as part of a global online education discussion. The community of learning, established earlier this year, aims to…

Edgecumbe College 
principal Louw Olivier is the leader of the Rangitaiki Plains and 
community of learning. Photo Troy Baker D4574-02

Rangitaiki and Kawerau schools unite


THE Rangitaiki Plain and Kawerau areas will unite educationally with the introduction of a new community of learning. The community of learning (COL) aims to…

Learning support pilot for Waiariki and Bay of Plenty


A NEW service to improve the way families access learning support for their child will be piloted in the Waiariki-Bay of Plenty region, says education director…

More in emergency-services »emergency-services

Alarm warns neighbour as occupant sleeps


ALARMS sounded and smoke filled a Kawerau house as a women slept soundly on November 19. It was neighbours who heard the shrill warning and…

BURNED: The fire that destroyed this Te Teko home on Sunday claimed everything but the clothes on the occupants’ backs. Photo Haylee King D4598-6

Family loses home in fire


A TE TEKO family watched its home burn to the ground early on Sunday. Kawerau and Edgecumbe fire brigades and St John Ambulance were called…

Distressed kayaker well equipped


A KAYAKER fishing off the beach at Matata on Tuesday evening required rescuing when his kayak began to sink. He was equipped with correct emergency…

More in environment-news »environment-news

INFESTED FIELD: This paddock in Taranaki was found infested with yellow bristle grass. Photo submitted

Bad summer ahead for bristle grass


FARMERS are being warned that this summer could be a bad year for yellow bristle grass (YBG) as weather conditions are expected to be ideal…

HAPPIER TIMES: Department of Conservation community ranger and Halo Whakatane volunteer Bridget Palmer with two kiwi chicks –  Te Araroa and Petit Pois (little Pea) – before they were killed by a predator in Ohope Scenic Reserve. Photo supplied

Deaths prompt voting plea


THE deaths of two kiwi chicks have prompted young volunteers to ask others to go online and vote to ensure an application to Predator Free…


Time to stop spread of cherry trees


PROJECT Kowhai is asking people to pick any cherries they see on Taiwanese cherry trees in their vicinity to stop them spreading. Project Kowhai spokewoman…

More in health »health


Shellfish warning extended westward


A WARNING not to eat shellfish in the Eastern Bay has been extended from Cape Runaway west to the mouth of the Tarawera River, near…

Overweight Mother and Daughter

Board failing to identify and help fat children


BAY of Plenty District Health Board is failing to identify obese children, achieving the worst result for the country’s 20 health boards in the three…


Meth in greater demand


A MASSEY University study has found a growing demand for methamphetamine among people arrested by police. The study found the proportion of detainees who had…

More in kawerau-news »kawerau-news


Firework finale in doubt


OFFICIALDOM stands between Kawerau’s Christmas in the Park and its traditional fireworks finale. Kawerau Mayor Malcolm Campbell made it clear last week he prefers to…

OPENING: Sixty people gathered to formally open Firmin Lodge at the Kawerau Adventure Hub on Friday.|
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Firmin Lodge open for adventure


KAWERAU’S newest accommodation facility is officially open and ready for anyone on any adventure. Firmin Lodge, at Kawerau Adventure Hub in Waterhouse Street, had its…

HAPPY SWIMMER: Elizabeth Gray, who has been using the Kawerau pool for 46 years, is very happy with the new changing rooms. Photo supplied

New look for Kawerau pool


THE Glasgow Street public swimming pool has been a Kawerau cornerstone for close to six decades and is a source of renewed community pride following…

More in letters »letters

Gulping wind


OLD Te Oneone obviously gulps in a lot of wind when he’s out fishing as it quickly turns to rancid gas. Perhaps it was a…

Band outlasts rotunda


WHEN I was a little kid (1940s) the family took a picnic lunch and went to the domain. My brothers and I worked hard at…

Compulsory journey not appreciated


I AM so happy that the thousand or so drivers who queue to enter or leave Whakatane will be able to save three to five…

More in maori-affairs »maori-affairs

Tribunal appointments


NGATI Awa academic Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith is one of two prominent Maori academics to be appointed to the Waitangi Tribunal. Professor Tuhiwai Smith (Ngati…

Enid Ratahi-Pryor,
former Te Runanga o Ngati Awa chief executive

Facebook feud – Tribe’s media battle


TWO former Te Runanga o Ngati Awa staff members hold the administrator rights to the iwi’s Facebook page and are refusing to hand it back…

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daughter Opepe Tuna, 10, will ride to the American
 embassy in Auckland on Saturday to show their support for the Sioux tribe. D4507-06

Hashtag Standing Rock


IT was emblazoned on Kane Hames’ wrist when he played for New Zealand Maori in Chicago, Taika Waititi showed his when he appeared with Thor…

More in opotiki-news »opotiki-news

Landowners at wits’ end over illegal hunting


LANDOWNERS in the Opotiki district say they are fed up with the illegal hunting and some are thinking of selling up and moving elsewhere. One…

Larry Delamere,
Houpoto te Pua Trust spokesman

Coast poachers given warning


TWO Te Teko hunters were caught hunting illegally inland from Maraenui, east of Opotiki, but were let go with a warning. However, the manager of…

ROAD CARNAGE: This truck’s front uspension was torn out when it collided with a van in the Waioeka Gorge on Wednesday morning. Photo Ross McCullough OB1807-03

Chemical truck and van collide in gorge


SIX people travelling in a people mover van and the driver of a Weatherells transport truck and trailer had a lucky escape on Wednesday when…

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Girl’s pepper spraying not deliberate


A WHAKATANE officer did not deliberately use pepper spray on a 10-year-old girl during an incident last year, the Independent Police Conduct Authority said yesterday.…

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Holiday home crime prevention tips


FOLLOWING a trend in holiday home burglaries in the Eastern Bay and Rotorua, police have provided crime prevention tips. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Yvonne Parker…

HOLIDAY FUN: There are lots of free activities during the October school holidays for children and the community to be involved in.

Free Wi-Fi cut back to curb crime


FREE Wi-Fi hours at the Whakatane Library were drastically reduced on Tuesday to fight crime. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Mark van der Kley said the…

More in rural »rural

Black market butchery operation intercepted


The ministry for primary industries has located another illegal black market meat operation, at an Atiamuri farm. MPI Waikato/Bay of Plenty district compliance manager Brendon…

South Island wool sale eases


PRICES were mixed at Thursday’s South Island wool sale, but still above last week’s North Island auction levels. New Zealand Wool Services International chief executive…

Wool continues to ease


SUBDUED demand and uncertainty restricted buying activity at last week’s national wool sale. New Zealand Wool Services International marketing executive Malcolm Ching said only 72…