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Taking kapa haka to the world

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KIWI Biddle and Haley Collier’s passion for their community has been reinforced by their experience of taking kapa haka to the world. The couple, both…

Spreading the word

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The closing date for the Whakatane Ki Mua survey is almost here, but there’s still time to have your say, and a host of well-known…

Floral sustainability

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MINIMISING waste and promoting sustainability is the basis for Whakatane florist Elise Adlam’s philosophy when it comes to providing floral arrangements for her customers. “Working…

Flood copying for food victims

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Heritage Studios, Auckland have teamed up with the BOP Acacia Charitable Trust to provide free digital copying of photographs for flood-affected Eastern Bay families. Many…

More in business »business

Funding boost for apprentices, trainees

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YESTERDAY’S $7 million boost for industry training and apprenticeships is welcome news for employers, industry trainees, and apprentices, in the face of skills shortages across…

Specialty grocer focuses on quality

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THE new owners of Whakatane’s Bin Inn say providing their customers with the personal touch is their aim to enhance their business. Mathew and Hannah…

Nomination call for leadership awards

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NOMINATIONS are sought for the 2017 Rabobank Leadership Awards, recognising outstanding leadership among both accomplished and up-and-coming leaders in New Zealand and Australia’s food, beverage…

More in council »council

Mayor Talk – Whakatane moving forward

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WHAT ideas do you have for the future of your town and community? A few months ago, I introduced the Whakatane Ki Mua project in…

Council’s property file digitisation begins

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WHAKATANE District Council’s paper-based property files are undergoing digitisation. The extensive file archive comprises 32,000 files and an estimated 5.5 million documents, and in line…

Start your engines

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A MOBILITY scooter challenge is planned to highlight the difficulty people on mobility scooters and power chairs face in getting around the Whakatane district. The…

More in court-news »court-news

Court news – Mauling dogs’ owner ordered to pay $3400

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A Paroa man whose dogs attacked a jogger as she ran past their property, has been ordered to pay $3400 in compensation to the woman.…

Court news – Guilty to raft of charges

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TANEATUA man Michael Andrew Wilson pleaded guilty to 10 of 13 charges involving firearm and drugs when he appeared in the Whakatane District Court last…

Court news – Man pins woman with car

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MAYNARD Tata Melbourne used the car he was driving to pin a woman against her car, causing bruising and frightening her. He appeared in the…

More in crime »crime

Scammer alert

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A TANEATUA woman is warning Eastern Bay residents to be alert for scammers after receiving multiple calls from someone claiming to be from Microsoft. Teacher…

Cash and cards stolen

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A WALLET full of cash and cards was stolen from a car on the weekend. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Mark van der Kley said the…

Taneatua Road burglaries

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BIKES and tools were stolen from a Taneatua Road property last week. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Mark van der Kley said a four-wheeler Yamaha Grizzly…

More in education »education

Better home for kura

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COASTLANDS could become the permanent home of the Maori immersion school that has been housed as a temporary measure in the buildings of the former…

First aid cadets show skills at competition

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WHAKATANE St John Junior and Penguin cadets stacked up well against some tough competition at a district-level contest on Saturday, coming away with some top…

First nursing graduates for wananga

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THE first nurses will graduate from Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi later this year. Twenty-one students are currently in the final year of the wananga’s…

More in emergency-services »emergency-services

Furniture arrives for flood families

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MAYOR Tony Bonne was on hand at Pou Whakaaro’s Edgecumbe flood relief furniture depot in Whakatane when a massive load of donated furniture arrived from…

Bedding donation warms Edgecumbe flood victims

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SEEING news of the devastation caused by the April floods, and having friends in Edgecumbe, inspired an Auckland woman to help by co-ordinating the supply…

Relief fund opens for applications

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APPLICATIONS to the Whakatane District Mayoral Relief Fund are now open. Any Whakatane district residents affected by flood or storm damage as a result of…

More in environment-news »environment-news

Bird show full of colour and song

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MORE than 600 budgies, finches, canaries and other animals of feathered finery were on display at the Whakatane Bird Club annual bird show at the…

Myrtle rust concerns on the rise in the Bay

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GARDENERS in the Eastern Bay are becoming concerned over the possibility of myrtle rust fungus after it was confirmed in the Te Puke area earlier…

Myrtle rust reaches the Bay

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MYRTLE rust has now spread to the Bay of Plenty. Laboratory tests by the ministry for primary industries have confirmed that the plant fungus is…

More in health »health

Healthy habits earn school an award

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WAIMANA School students have been on a mission to promote healthy eating habits, and their efforts have been awarded by the Heart Foundation. The Heart…

Lessons learned from scooter challenge

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DEPUTY mayor Judy Turner and councillors Andrew Iles and Nandor Tanczos navigated Kopeopeo streets on mobility scooters last Wednesday. The Whakatane District Council elected members…

Elder abuse hits close to home

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AGE Concern is raising awareness of elder abuse during Elder Abuse Awareness Week, which began yesterday with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Age Concern elder…

More in kawerau-news »kawerau-news

Kawerau’s food forest project growing

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FRUIT trees are on their way to Kawerau, the first lot purchased for the Kawerau Urban Food Forest project. Co-ordinator Hannah Edwardson said the project…

Race offers support to flooded residents

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KAWERAU’S King of the Mountain participants could be racing up and down Mount Putauaki wearing limited edition merchandise this year. This year only, participants can…

New hunt details at annual meeting

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NEW members, roles and names will be discussed at the Kawerau Big 3 annual meeting this evening. The meeting will commence at 5.30pm at the…

More in letters »letters

Caring people

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A big thank you to the Eastern Bay flood relief volunteers at the old Countdown building in Kope. I’ve been in there and noticed they…

Support appreciated

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Rosemary Sloman’s letter in Wednesday’s paper is so very true. Thank you Rosemary for acknowledging Jeremy and Shelley. Having worked with them I totally agree…

Ngati Awa farmland

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SOME readers recently made uninformed and disdainful remarks regarding Ngati Awa’s farm in Ohope. The farm is owned by Te Runanga o Ngati Awa on behalf…

More in maori-affairs »maori-affairs

Pem is a lucky man

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MURUPARA educationalist Pem Bird has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, recognised for his services to education and Maori in…

Contributions to Maori and conservation

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MORE than 30 years’ contribution to conservation has seen Te Kei Merito become a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Rotorua-based Mr Merito…

Marae inspires graduates

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TODAY there is no doubting the mana of Te Patuwai. Eight members of the Ngati Awa subtribe are among those graduating from Te Whare Wananga…

More in opotiki-news »opotiki-news

Visiting angler wins $1500 again

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FOR the second year running, visiting Gisborne angler Aaron MacDougall took out the $1500 prize at the Opotiki Surf Fishing Club mini bonanza held at…

Fibre and Fleece festival postponed

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THE 2017 Fibre & Fleece Festival has been postponed for a year due to a lack of entries. Co-ordinator Paula Black said the decision was made…

Spotted cats take title

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OPOTIKI’S Spotted Cats took out the Opotiki Big 3, held over Queen’s Birthday weekend. It was the second time Paul (Skip) Brown and long-time hunting…

More in police-news »police-news

Checkpoint targets unsafe drivers

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TARGETING unsafe in-car behaviour was a checkpoint focus for Whakatane police last week. Eastern Bay road policing manager Ray Wylie said police undertook a checkpoint…

Firearms incident to feature on TV

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A FIREARMS incident in which a shotgun was held to a Whakatane man’s head while his child watched will feature on television tomorrow. A Police…

New constables for Opotiki

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THREE new constables will be allocated to Opotiki within the next 12 months. Bay of Plenty District Commander Superintendent Andy McGregor announced yesterday 15 new…

More in rural »rural

Rural health research needed

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A NEW Zealand health advocate says more information is needed about the health of those living in rural communities and that health policies need to…

Growers to benefit from kiwifruit forum

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THE Maori Kiwifruit Growers Forum – a partnership between Maori kiwifruit growers, Te Puni Kokiri and Zespri – was launched last week to advocate for…

Fieldays still a good thing, say exhibitors

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DESPITE changes that had exhibitors in different locations than usual at this year’s National Agricultural Fieldays, attending the five-day event was still worth it for…