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NEW FACES: Toi EDA trustees Paula Thompson, Michael Barnett, David Turner, Mark Law and John Galbraith. Photo supplied

New faces at development agency


TOI EDA, the Eastern Bay’s economic development agency, has welcomed new faces to its board table. Trustee John Galbraith said the changing of the guard…

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Dave’s farewell circuit


MODEL train enthusiast Dave Fitton was taken on a farewell circuit of the River Edge Park Miniature Railway before his funeral on Friday. It was…

SWEET AS: Jesse Steeb and Timur Yildirim help John Dippie sell oranges on Domain Road yesterday. 
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No plan for yellow lines


WHAKATANE District Council has no plans to paint yellow broken lines on Domain Road outside Rugby Park, despite recent concerns about potential traffic hazards related…


Yellow-lid recycling system rolls out


ARE you tired of your recycling spilling out as you carry to the kerbside? Well, those days could be numbered as Whakatane District Council’s new…

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Proposal to close BNZ Kawerau


ANOTHER Kawerau bank is considering closing its doors for good. BNZ retail regional manager Martin Sadd said the bank was consulting Kawerau staff about a…

Ohope restaurant closes


ONE of Ohope Beach’s key attractions, the Hui Bar and Grill, has closed until further notice. The restaurant, known for its inviting and casual atmosphere,…

$3.1m funding for climate change projects


THIRTEEN research projects have received funding approvals totalling $3.1 million through the ministry for primary industries’ Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) research programme.…

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GLOW ON: Whakatane District Youth Council members Courtney Wilson, Ellisha Woodman (Youth Development Officer), Sharnaye Hall, Courtney McConkey, Madelief de Looff and councillor John Pullar have planned a Glo Rush eventPhoto supplied

Here comes Glo Rush


WHAKATANE is to experience its very first Glo Rush on Friday, October 14, thanks to the Whakatane District Youth Council. Following on from the success…

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Candidates’ forum covers the issues


GROWTH and the environment were hot topics at an election forum on Tuesday that attracted 130 people to hear what mayoral, district and regional councillor…

Split over Sunday trading


ONLY a few Whakatane District Council election candidates are willing to say whether they support shops opening on Easter Sunday, despite the choice being devolved…

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Court news – Near $30,000 damage


MURUPARA man Larz Metarika Paparanui Warren was sentenced on burglary, careless driving and operating a motor vehicle causing sustained loss of traction charges in the…

Court news – Jail for crowbar assault


AN Auckland man who hit two people across the face with a crowbar during a marae event, knocking them unconscious, has gone to prison for…

Court news – Intimidated to demand money


AFTER being released from prison, Tukotahi Maharaia Rawiri Williams went around to a former workmate’s house to demand the money he was owed. While he…

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Elder jailed for sexual abuse


A WHAKATANE man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two boys has been jailed for five years and nine months after a third victim came…

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Community work for paua poacher


  A WHAKATANE woman was sentenced to 75 hours of community work last week for her role in an illegal paua ring. June Elizabeth Faulkner…

ROBBERY: Last Friday two armed robbers, one wielding a machete, were chased from the Kope Food and Spices store on Goulstone Road. 
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Machete-wielding robber chased away from scene


KOPE Food and Spices shopkeepers came face-to-face with two masked and armed men demanding money last week. The pair, armed with a machete and hammer,…

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Marks for tough exam not known yet


JUST as in other parts of the country, a year 11 NCEA level one maths exam was difficult for some Eastern Bay students who sat…

Blue Light holiday fun


SCHOOL holidays begin next week and Blue Light Whakatane is hosting three events for everyone to take part. First on the list and back by…


Health students taste the Eastern Bay


  A GROUP of student health professionals has been given a taste of what it’s like to work in rural areas, spending a weekend in…

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Intermediate boy breaks leg on ski trip


A WHAKATANE Intermediate pupil was helicoptered off Mount Ruapehu on Thursday last week after breaking his leg while skiing. Principal Doug McLean said an emergency…


Police arranges crayfish escort for South African


A SOUTH African sailor with little sailing experience is being watched over by an East Coast crayfish boat as he makes his way west. Marine…


Appeal for sighting of missing yacht


Updated: A 22-foot yacht missing off the east coast of the North Island has been found by a Royal New Zealand Air Force helicopter. The…

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Commissioners call for action


WHAKATANE toxic sites campaigner and Piripai resident Guy Barlass, himself the victim of industrial poisoning by dioxin, has spent years researching contamination from the former…

TRAPS: Chantal Lillas setting traps in the Taneatua Forest as part of a research project.

Taneatua trial proves resetting traps’ worth


A RESEARCH project undertaken by a former Trident High School student has produced staggering results when comparing the effectiveness of self-resetting predator kill traps versus…

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Bathing in Purple Rain’s visit


  CHILDREN at Whakatane’s James Street Primary School are hoping their friendship with Purple Rain will never end. The kiwi chick, born the day Prince…

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GIANT BRAIN: Alzheimers Eastern Bay committee member Julie Meekle with the giant, inflatable, walk-through brain on display at a Living with Dementia forum yesterday. Photo Louis Klaassen D4289-05

Blow up brain a great idea


A GIANT, inflatable, walk-through brain stimulated minds in Whakatane yesterday. The 3.5-metre tall, 5.5m long inflatable brain provides a highly interactive educational experience that increases…

Arthritis appeal


ARTHRITIS New Zealand is holding its annual appeal on Friday. More than half a million New Zealanders have arthritis, making it one of the greatest…

Tiny hearing aids on sale


NEW Zealanders suffering from hearing loss who are self-conscious about wearing visible aids are set to benefit from the introduction of a new type of…

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Hui to discuss connectivity initiative


A KAWERAU community hui to discuss the Te Aka Toitu initiative will be held next week for parents and caregivers. Te Aka Toitu’s mission is…

CANDIDATES: Kawerau District Council candidates Sarah Penlington, Chris Marjoribanks, Faylene Tunui, Jenny Reynolds, Berice Julian, Sela Kingi, Rex Savage and Warwick Godfery at Grey Power’s meet the candidate evening on Wednesday. Photo Haylee King D4224-339

Kawerau residents want individual district retained


KAWERAU council candidates shared their visions for Kawerau’s future at Grey Power’s meet the candidates evening on Wednesday. Held at the Kawerau District Council Concert…

ANZ KAWERAU: Kawerau’s ANZ branch will close its doors for good on October 12 due to a decline of customers using the branch. Photo Haylee King D4214-02

ANZ to close branch – Smart money machine taking over


KAWERAU’S ANZ bank will close its doors for the last time next month due to a decline in customers using the branch. ANZ external communications…

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How much do they know?


I READ with interest the letter from Judy Turner in Tuesday’s paper regarding rates. I would like to point out that Whakatane District Council does…

Cheaper option


THANK you Judy Turner for your letter in the paper about our rates. Yes, Judy, they are much higher than many other areas. We also…

Council has supported bridge replacement


RECENTLY, some council candidates have been implying that our council has been silent on the Pekatahi Bridge and its replacement. This is disappointing, and is…

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Trustees removed for not doing job


THREE trustees have been removed from a Maori Lands trust that benefits from “a million dollar” geothermal development because they failed to do their job…

WISE ELDERS: Ngati Whare kaumatua Eruera Nikora, Juno Christie, Anaru Te Amo, Pem Bird, Kani Edwards and Bronco Carson at the opening of Ngati Whare’s new $1 million native plant propagation nursery.                          Photo Geoff Mercer D4211-2

Iwi spends $1m on nursery


NGATI Whare opened a new $1 million nursery at Minginui on Saturday the iwi hopes will one day employ 30 people. Ngati Whare spent the…

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Maori King’s speech to ditch Labour ‘inspiring’


HE may have stood as the Labour party’s candidate in the Waiariki electorate in 2014, but Rawiri Waititi has decided to follow the Maori King’s…

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Jim Mansell

Tough-talking cop’s legacy will live on


JIM Mansell died last week but according to those who worked with him during his time with the police force and Bay of Plenty Regional…

Suspicious fires linked to whanau ‘squabbles’


AS police appeal for further information about three suspicious fires on the Coast, long-serving Waihau Bay fire chief Bill Green has expressed suspicion the fires…

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Smoke alarm saves house


A WORKING smoke alarm has been credited with saving a rental property in Opotiki’s King Street on Monday afternoon, after an electric blanket in an…

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Upsurge in Whakatane burglaries


WHAKATANE experienced an upsurge in burglaries last week, Senior Sergeant Mark van der Kley says. There were 10 reported burglaries during the week and eight…

Meth house busted


EQUIPMENT to manufacture drugs was discovered when a Kawerau property was searched on Tuesday night. Police and the armed offender squad executed a warrant at…


Hotter OC spray for Bay


BAY of Plenty police will continue to use a stronger pepper spray after trialling it for over two years. Both the Taser stunner and OC…

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Farmgate price increase


FONTERRA Co-operative Group Limited has increased its 2016/17 forecast Farmgate Milk Price by 50 cents to $5.25 per kgMS. When combined with the forecast earnings…

UNWANTED GUEST: Brown marmorated stink bugs wreak havoc with 
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Stink bug warning


THE ministry for primary industries is on high alert to stop the invasive brown marmorated stink bug from establishing itself in New Zealand. The bug…

STUDMASTER: Peter Davies addresses potential buyers before the start of bidding. 
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Strong bidding at bull sale


THE results from Peter and Penny Davies’ Charwell polled Hereford stud sale last Wednesday were a good indication of the reputation the breeders have in…