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More in business »business

Entrepreneurs mine burger gold


AT 22 years-old, the owners of Whakatane’s newest food caravan concession are aiming at a big niche in the fast food market with their unique…

Find a trusted real estate agent


A NEW platform has been launched that matches home buyers and sellers with trusted agents in their area. The website RealEstatePros, set up by two…

Spending down on bank cards


NEW Zealand retail spending on electronic cards edged lower in August while overall spending increased by 4.4 percent as prices for goods evened out. According…

More in council »council

Mayor talk – Are you involved in a volunteer organisation?


I WANT to take this opportunity to thank every person who voluntarily offers their time and effort for the benefit of our community. I attend…

Council wins supreme website award


WHAKATANE District Council has won the supreme website award for the third year running at the Association of Local Government Information Management 2017 Spring Web…

Open letter critical of decision makers


A GROUP of concerned residents that includes regional councillors and Napier’s former mayor have sent an open letter to decision-makers regarding the proposed expansion of…

More in court-news »court-news

Court news – Man threatens to ‘put his partner in a box’


ON July 9, in the early hours of a Sunday morning, Honey Te Huri Maui assaulted his partner. They had been drinking and became involved…

Court news – Drug dealer imprisoned


METHAMPHETAMINE and cannabis supplier Hano Wilson was sentenced to prison for his drug offending. The Whakatane 35-year-old pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and cannabis…

Court news


On bail CHARGED with male assault female, Bruce John Victor Hill could have been eligible for a discharge without conviction if he hadn’t reoffended while…

More in crime »crime

Fine for stealing firewood


A KAWERAU paper maker was among offenders appearing in the Rotorua District Court yesterday for stealing wood from public reserves. Steven Peters, 42, was convicted…

Stolen vehicles located


TWO vehicles were stolen in Whakatane last week and later recovered out of town. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Mark van der Kley said a vehicle…

Tools stolen from cars


TOOLS were stolen from two vehicles in Whakatane last week. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Mark van der Kley said the thefts took place on Monday,…

More in education »education

Students turn heads to big business


A TOURISM group aimed at enhancing Maori culture was the winning idea in a business challenge involving students from four high schools. The Kai Kei…

Edgecumbe College given sport funding


SPORT and Recreation has awarded a grant to Edgecumbe College as part of funding that enables high school students around the country to play sport.…

Awakeri a top achiever for national standards


  AWAKERI School is the top school in terms of performance for reading, writing and mathematics in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, according to data…

More in emergency-services »emergency-services

Crews douse shed fire


FIREFIGHTERS had no trouble locating a shed fire at State Highway 2 this week, as the smoke was visible for miles. Matata Volunteer Fire Brigade…

Report completed but not released


THE report into the hows and whys of the flood wall breach that resulted in the flooding of Edgecumbe in April is complete and in…

Fire at Galatea


A FIRE at a farmhouse near Galatea early Tuesday morning had Fonterra tanker driver Mark Law fearing for the lives of possible inhabitants. He said…

More in environment-news »environment-news

Changes to specific catch limits


THE Ministry for Primary Industries has announced changes to catch limits and sustainability measures for 18 fish stocks as part of the regular twice-yearly fisheries…

Making trees count


KIWIBANK has launched a new initiative that will see up to 10,000 native trees planted in two locations by the middle of next year. In…

Fifth generation kiwi start to hatch


MEET Rocket the first kiwi chick of the new season. Rocket’s dad was P, the fourth generation from the first kiwi to be hatched in…

More in health »health

Mumps epidemic spreads to the Bay


MORE than 500 cases of mumps have been recorded countrywide, including some in Tauranga, and health authorities warn they expect the epidemic to spread to…

Few patients showing signs of synthetic drugs


DOCTORS at Whakatane Hospital say they have seen only a few people presenting with symptoms thought to be related to synthetic cannabis following a spate…

Mumps outbreak ‘a concern’


THE outbreak of mumps in Auckland is a concern to health authorities in the Eastern Bay but the pandemic has not spread here. Dr Jim…

More in kawerau-news »kawerau-news

Woodfest begins today


KAWERAU’S iconic wood festival begins today with one of its most exciting events. The annual Kawerau Woodfest and National Woodskills Competition starts with the Woodbugs…

Stockpiled tyres removed


TYRES stockpiled at Kawerau have been removed, less than 24 hours before the people behind the dumping appeared to face charges in the Tauranga District…

Final tyres removed from Kawerau


LESS than a quarter of the tyres stockpiled for a failed tyre shredding operation in Kawerau remain on site. Kawerau District Council received an update…

More in letters »letters

Sale process flawed


I BELIEVE the process used by Whakatane District Council to flog off the Awakeri War Memorial Hall was flawed. Council’s agenda report for their extraordinary…

Delivering more misery


IN my discernment, our Maori people have again submitted to false prophets who will, predictably, be locked in the opposition of parliamentary benches for the…

Lazy losers


FROM the front page of Tuesday’s Beacon, I was disgusted to read this story as obviously these losers have done nothing for their country, nor…

More in maori-affairs »maori-affairs

Hapu protest inclusion in agreement


MORE than a decade ago they were included in the settlement with Tuhoe, this year they feature in Whakatohea’s – but Te Upokorehe say they…

Kia kaha e hoa ma


IT is Maori language week and this year the theme is “kia ora te reo Maori”, which is to celebrate New Zealand’s indigenous greeting and…

Historic pardon to be agreed at Maungapohatu


MAORI Development minister Te Ururoa Flavell has announced the Crown will return to where Rua Kenana was arrested more than a century ago to sign…

More in opotiki-news »opotiki-news

Forming bonds and planting medicine


THE Omarumutu Papakainga Restoration Project took another leap forward this week when community activities forged more bonds between the school and the marae. Project leader…

Boy actor sentenced


BOY actor James Rolleston was told he had made his one mistake in life following a crash that seriously injured himself and his friend last…

Barge unable to carry out job


The steel barge that headed out to sea last week to carry out geotechnical investigations vital to Opotiki’s harbour project was unable to do the…

More in police-news »police-news

Police briefs


Heavy police and gang presence WHAKATANE police dealt with a disagreement between a group of Wellington Black Power members earlier this week. Whakatane police Senior…

Stolen property located


STOLEN property was located by police at a Whakatane address this week. Eastern Bay police investigations manager Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Standen said the recovered…

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…

More in rural »rural

Fonterra co-operative group announces solid year end results


FONTERRA announced a significant increase in total payouts for farmer shareholders and a solid overall operating and financial performance in the annual results yesterday. The…

Final report on review of milk price


THE Commerce Commission released its final report on Fonterra’s base milk price calculation for the 2016/17 dairy season last Friday. In reaching its final view,…

Fonterra helps cut process timeline


A FARM environment plan to help improve water quality at the Waiotahe pipi beds is expected to be completed by Christmas. This follows a decision…