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Adult’s absence blamed


CORONER Wallace Bain has found a lack of direct supervision led to the death of 15-year-old Jamie Ross Johnston in a duck shooting accident on…

Welcome Oxfam Trailwalkers


THIS weekend, we are honoured to once again host the Oxfam Trailwalker event – and fingers crossed we will turn on some better weather this…

Jury deliberates Warren verdict


THE jury was yesterday considering its verdict in the case of a man accused of shooting four police officers during an armed siege at an…

More in business »business

Mazda makes community commitment


THE official opening of Mazda’s new location on Commerce Street helped raise $3872 for Whakatane Kiwi Trust, thanks to matching funds from franchise owner Nicholson…

Record net annual migration continues


IN the year to February 2017, 71,300 more migrants arrived in New Zealand than left. Statistics NZ said yesterday this equalled the previous annual record,…

Taxi trims service hours


WHAKATANE’S only taxi company has changed its hours of operation following reduced demand for its services in the early mornings and late evening on weekdays.…

More in council »council

Chief executive’s six-monthly performance review


WHAKATANE District Council will meet tomorrow to appraise the chief executive’s performance in a six monthly performance review. Marty Grenfell was appointed to the position…

Marr harbour chairman once more


BAY of Plenty Regional Council councillor Tipene Marr has been re-elected chairman of the Ohiwa Harbour Implementation Forum. Opotiki district councillor Lyn Riesterer was voted…

Eastern Bay development plan released


TERRITORIAL authorities in the Eastern Bay have collaborated with Bay of Plenty Regional Council to develop a new development plan – Eastern Bay: Beyond Today.…

More in court-news »court-news

Court news – Sister objects to homestead detention


DESPITE his sister making her objections clear from the public gallery, Manu Jimmy Himiona was ordered to serve an 11-month home detention sentence at his…

Court news – Threats, breach and damage to property


WHILE intoxicated, Mark Andrew Bateson made threats to kill, damaged property and breached a protection order. He was sentenced to community detention when he appeared…

Court news – Gang president pleads not guilty to all charges


AS the president of the Outbacks chapter of Black Power, Taumata Okahutea Tawhai, has been accused of orchestrating the gang’s use of guns during the…

More in crime »crime

Mob members sentenced


TWO men involved in an armed gang confrontation at a rural petrol station east of Opotiki have been sentenced for their role in the altercation.…

Man pleads not guilty to berry farm shooting


A 26-year-old man who allegedly used a shotgun to try and rob the Julians Berry Farm and Cafe has pleaded not guilty to all charges…

Hand shot in Onepu siege


A BULLET allegedly fired from a window in a house under siege hit the hand of a police officer who had his own gun trained…

More in education »education

Young printmakers learn new skills


TE KOPUTU hosted the first of two consecutive weekends of printmaking workshops last weekend. Whakatane artist and printmaker Sue Pearson delivered a collograph workshop on…

Debaters competitive


WHAKATANE High School’s senior debating team of Katie Reid, Robbie Blackmore, Ethan Baldey and Shanelle Ward took part in the Russell McVeagh Regional Debating Competition…

Redevelopment meeting


EDGECUMBE College’s plans for a $9 million building redevelopment project will be available for the community to see next week. The school’s building project team…

More in emergency-services »emergency-services

Spark catches fire to grass


METAL grinding sparks are believed to be the cause of a grass fire in Whakatane last week. The Whakatane Volunteer Fire Brigade was called to…

‘Truck just kept coming’


WHAKATANE Autozone owner Fiona Marshall stood and watched a 1988 Mack truck towing a trailer drive straight into parked vehicles at her car sales yard…

Bucket used to douse skatepark fire


THE Whakatane Volunteer Fire Brigade was called to the town’s skate park yesterday afternoon after a member of the public reported a fire had been…

More in environment-news »environment-news

Leave miracle water in Fiji


THE ministry for primary industries is asking travellers from Fiji to stop bringing “miracle water” into New Zealand if they want to avoid a stiff…

Cray fishery not well – survey


A LANDMARK survey of people who pot and dive for crayfish on the northeast coast between Pakiri and East Cape defies ministry for primary industries’ assurances…

Fonterra staff protect kiwis


WHAKATANE’S kiwi population is on the increase, thanks to the passion of Fonterra’s Edgecumbe staff. Edgecumbe Fonterra employee Jamie Rhodes has been a supporter of…

More in health »health

Health campaign to visit hospital


A CAMPAIGN claiming health funding is $1.85 billion less than it should be will be at Whakatane Hospital on Sunday to hear people’s accounts of…

Call to follow Mexico


DENTISTS are calling for a sugary drink tax following a study that shows Mexico’s tax is working. An article in the Health Affairs journal reveals…

Senior exercise stretching across the Eastern Bay


ONE woman is now able to walk without her stick, thanks to a senior exercise programme at Edgecumbe. Steady As You Go (SAYGo) is a…

More in kawerau-news »kawerau-news

The Wild Side launches in Kawerau


AUTHOR Janet Balcombe told her story to a crowd of 40 people at Kawerau on Friday evening. Balcombe is on a road trip launching her…

Kawerau’s youth council sworn in


KAWERAU’S newly-sworn-in youth council’s first event for the year will be at Flowquest next month. The new youth council, comprising eight former members and nine…

Police dog remembered


A KAWERAU police dog was one of 24 killed in the line of duty and honoured by New Zealand police on Wednesday. A police spokeswoman…

More in letters »letters

Buy back the springs


THANK you to Jack Hourigan for number crunching so we could appreciate the potential of Otakiri Springs. I am sure that many readers thought that…

Correct facts


I AGREE with Andrew Little’s attempts to clean up our waterways, but his grasp of basic bacteriology is at a political level. I know what…

Camper unfriendly town


REGARDING the article about the public possibly being asked about freedom camping (Wednesday, March 22). This story was very one-sided. We use the freedom camping…

More in maori-affairs »maori-affairs

RoboPa to challenge Maori learners


TE Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi is taking a robotics initiative into Mataatua primary schools and kura to support the growth of digital capability. Professor John…

Ngati Awa kills carbon deal trees


A LEGACY of Ngati Awa’s controversial carbon credit investment has been sprayed and left to die. The land under the trees will be used for…

Ngati Awa reinstates chairman


JOE Mason was reinstated as Ngati Awa’s chairman at a meeting of the tribe’s board last week. The meeting, on Friday, was the first since…

More in opotiki-news »opotiki-news

Kutarere Church to be restored


THE less-loved of two religious twins will be rescued from the brink of neglect. Kutarere resident Trevor Ransfield said a decision to restore the Kutarere…

Mussels action needed now


RESEARCHERS say that unless action is taken mussels will disappear completely from Ohiwa Harbour. A triple-whammy of starfish, silt and pollution has reduced mussel numbers…

Road safety meeting well attended


A WELL-ATTENDED road safety meeting was held at the Waiotahe Settlers Hall on Wednesday afternoon. New Zealand Transport Agency Bay of Plenty highway manager Niclas…

More in police-news »police-news

Man not located


A MAN who fled after allegedly setting three dogs upon a police officer near Kaingaroa on Monday is yet to be located. At 7.56pm on…

Attacked police officer back on duty


A POLICE officer attacked by a dog during an arrest attempt on Monday night, was back on duty yesterday. After pursuing a fleeing driver, a…

ATM a write-off


KIWIBANK is unsure if it will replace its King Street, Kopeopeo, money machine after it was set alight on Saturday. Communications manager Bruce Thompson said…

More in rural »rural

Share farmers share knowledge


EDUCATION is the biggest contributor to Marg and Cameron Bierre’s successful careers as share farmers in the dairy industry, and they use their knowledge to…

Kiwifruit growers near moment of truth


WITH gold kiwifruit ready for picking any day and the harvest for green nearing, orchardists are about to discover if their hard work has borne…

Wool prices up and down


Wool prices in the south eased, while northern prices lifted at this week’s auction. Of the 17,978 bales on offer, 82 percent was sold, said…