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Farm sales down but prices strong


AFTER 20 months of high-flying farm sales, the number of transactions are dropping but prices are still going strong as farmer confidence increases and stockpiles…

Dive bottles show their age


SCUBA divers are encouraged to bring in certain aluminium dive bottles made in 1997 or earlier for testing before October 31 due to possible flaws…

More in business »business

More charging stations on the way


HORIZON Networks is about to expand its electric vehicle (EV) fast charging network in the Eastern Bay. Three further EV fast charging stations will be…

Food and drink flowed freely


KOPEO Indian Restaurant celebrated its third year in business by recognising friends and supporters with a customer appreciation dinner on Monday night. The tables were…

CoolLogic gains exclusive rights


CoolLogic has established an exclusive distributor agreement for the right to sell and distribute Storex BV products in New Zealand. Headquartered in the Netherlands, with…

More in council »council

Portacoms arrive


THE first portacom units to be installed as temporary housing at the Whakatane Holiday Park arrived on Friday. East Coast MP Anne Tolley and Whakatane…

Council to reconsider sale


WHAKATANE District Council will reconsider the possible sale of the Awakeri War Memorial Hall at an extraordinary meeting on August 31. The future of the…

Mayor Talk – Recognising our volunteers


THIS week I had the pleasure of hosting the Whakatane District Council’s annual volunteer recognition function for those who donate their time and energy to…

More in court-news »court-news

Court news – Home detention for beating up girlfriend


WITH a history of mental illness, Samuel Ethan Lowe had stopped taking his medication when he assaulted his girlfriend. He appeared in Whakatane District Court…

Court news – Crowbar as a weapon


WHEN Darrin Raymond McMillin realised the man he was arguing with had a crowbar, he punched him and took it from him. McMillin pleaded guilty…

Onepu Siege gunman sentenced


The man who shot four Armed Offenders Squad members in a house near Kawerau has been sent to jail indefinitely. Fairfax reported Rhys Richard Ngahiwi…

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Worker held to ransom over sex video


A KAWERAU couple threatened an employee that if he left his job they would publicly share an intimate video they had secretly made of him.…

Assistance with Kawerau armed robbery


POLICE are seeking information from the public regarding a robbery at the River Road Dairy in Kawerau on Saturday, August 5. At around 6.45pm an…

Youth arrested for Murupara store robbery


THREE youths were arrested in relation to the aggravated robbery at the Murupara General Store last week. Two 15-year-olds and a 14-year-old appeared at the…

More in education »education

University life spelled out


YOUNG people contemplating university next year will have an opportunity to learn more about uni life next week. The University of Waikato is hosting an…

UN win for young students


TWO Whakatane High School students overcame the odds to finish first equal in the prestigious Model United Nations Competition in Tauranga at the weekend. Eighteen…

Creating homes for treasures


CHILDREN created special homes for their treasures at a workshop led by artist Jordan Davey-Emms this week. The Little Homes workshop, held at Te Koputu,…

More in emergency-services »emergency-services

Hunters rescued in dense bush


TWO Land Search and Rescue members spent Sunday night in the bush with two hunters who required rescuing. The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was called to…

Burned boy flown to hospital


A THREE-YEAR-OLD Opotiki boy was flown to hospital on Sunday after he was accidentally burned by boiling oil. Trustpower TECT rescue helicopter pilot Liam Brettkelly…

Driver drug tested at crash scene


IMPAIRED and inattentive drivers have caused seven crashes in the Eastern Bay in four days – including two at Ohope. In separate accidents on Pohutukawa…

More in environment-news »environment-news

New trout licences on sale


FRESHWATER anglers are eagerly anticipating the start of the new trout and salmon fishing season with New Zealand Fish and Game’s 2017-18 licences now on…

Kiwi release ensures survival


IAN Tarei and Bridget Palmer perform the naming ceremony for a new kiwi at Te Kura o Te Teko before releasing it into the wild…

Disgusting find at Matata Beach


A MATATA resident was disgusted to find methamphetamine paraphernalia amongst dumped rubbish at the township’s beach domain last week. On Wednesday, August 9, Marsha Playle…

More in health »health

Blindness set to triple globally


THE number of blind people is projected to grow from 36 million in 2015 to almost 115 million by 2050, according to an international study…

‘Results skewed’ – Whakatane Hospital not the worst place to work


DOCTORS at Whakatane Hospital have slammed as “skewed” and “incomplete” the results of a survey that says the institution is the last choice for medical…

Little difference in milk


DESPITE claims light-proofed containers protect the vitamins in milk, Consumer NZ testing reveals there’s little difference in nutrient content between major milk brands. Fonterra-owned Anchor…

More in kawerau-news »kawerau-news

Kawerau in top 10 communities for McCaw visit


KAWERAU is in the running for Richie McCaw to visit and host the ultimate game of touch rugby. Ten New Zealand towns are racing to…

Vegetables and worms at Kawerau Putauaki School


KAWERAU Putauaki School students learnt about sustainability last week, to maintain their brand-new vegetable garden and worm farm. The school’s new projects were donated by…

Victims of theft rise to the challenge


EASTBAY REAP alternative education Te Apiti Hou students will compete in the secondary schools’ Tough Guy and Gal Challenge this year, after a disheartening start…

More in letters »letters

Grateful whitebaiter


I WOULD like to thank the  powers that be who decided to install stiles on the new fence recently replaced  on Thornton Beach road. These…

Hall response gobsmacking


IN reply to letters printed in the Beacon last Tuesday, I am totally gobsmacked at the response by our mayor, the councillors who, against advice,…

Footpath is for walking


TO “Frankz” and other inconsiderate drivers around Ohope. What part of the word “footpath” do you not understand? You choose to park entirely over the…

More in maori-affairs »maori-affairs

Tuhoe leader chuffed to present lecture


TUHOE’S visionary leader Tamati Kruger is “chuffed” to be giving the 2017 Bruce Jesson Memorial lecture later this year. Mr Kruger said he was a…

$60,000 grant to upskill Maori leaders


A NEW $60,000 grant from BayTrust will be used to help upskill the leaders of five Maori enterprises across the Bay of Plenty to ensure…

Hearing for mandate opponents


THOSE opposing Whakatohea Pre-Settlement Claims Trust’s mandate to negotiate a settlement of the tribe’s historical grievances have been granted an urgent hearing by the Waitangi…

More in opotiki-news »opotiki-news

Spawning nurseries under threat


THE inadvertent destruction of spawning grounds by contractors is impacting whitebait numbers around the Eastern Bay. Wainui resident and whitebait expert Kelly Hughes said on…

Construction company sets up


HEB Construction, the preferred tenderer for the Opotiki Harbour Development Project, established a barge in the water off the Opotiki wharf on Wednesday morning. The…

Director rips off manager $10,000


THE Employment Relations Authority, ERA, has determined that the director of Opotiki-based Aulack Enterprises Limited, Hardeep Singh, short-changed his operations manager for seven months between…

More in police-news »police-news

Makita tools stolen from vehicle


TOOLS were stolen from a car at Gateway Drive last week. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Mark van der Kley said a large quantity of Makita…

Range of burglaries in Whakatane


THERE have been six burglaries in Whakatane since Friday. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Mark van der Kley said five of those occurred on Friday, August…

Explosive war memorabilia disposed


WAR memorabilia at an Eastern Bay club were found still highly explosive last week. Whakatane police were called to check a leaking mortar display last…

More in rural »rural

Herd continues to grow


IN the past year, New Zealand’s beef cattle herd increased by 2.8 percent – to 3.6 million head – while the decline in the sheep…

Te Puke woman wins Young Grower of the Year


TE Puke’s Erin Atkinson is this year’s Young Grower of the Year. Ms Atkinson, 30, technical adviser for Apata Group in Te Puke, was named…

RTU mastitis treatment


A NEW ready-to-use antibiotic formulation for treating mastitis that took seven years to develop, register and launch is now available for New Zealand dairy farmers.…