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PRICE RISE: More people realising Kawerau’s potential are buying homes and moving to the town, which has increased the value of a house in the town over 20 percent in a year. Photo Louis Klaassen D3700-1

House values rise in Kawerau

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  KAWERAU homes have risen more than 20 percent in value over the past year, a change Mayor Malcolm Campbell describes as an important aspect…

Gerard Casey,
Easterbn Bay Chamber of Commerce chief executive

Bay economy boosted in last quarter

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EASTERN Bay retailers enjoyed a major boost in spending during the last financial quarter. In a report prepared for the Eastern Bay Chamber of Commerce,…

WEED CONTROL: Diggers clean up around Lake Aniwhenua’s informal swimming area after the level was dropped for dam maintenance.
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Community unites at popular lake

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THANKS to the effort of many residents from around the Murupara-Galatea area, Lake Aniwhenua was recently spruced up around the swimming area and playground. Murupara-Galatea…

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BUSY TIMES: Stacey Murray and Jade Adams have been readying their new shop for their grand opening on May 28.  Photo  Louis Klaassen D3699-14

New retailers in Kawerau

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THE owners of Kawerau’s newest shop want to help revitalise the business community with their affordable clothing and collectibles, and artwork aimed at keeping shoppers…

SERVICE: Gray Tinley, customer services manager for Air Chathams Whakatane-Auckland service.     Photo Louis Klaassen D3712-3

A personalised service focus

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PERSONALISED service is part of the package with Air Chathams and if there’s a problem the voice customers hear on the end of phone is…

Tourism vies for lead in Eastern Bay economy

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THE Eastern Bay is poised to see a large increase in tourism based on the strength of its biggest draw, White Island, Tourism Industry Aotearoa…

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Tea, biscuits and politics

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WITH local body elections less than six months away, fewer than 10 people showed up for Mayor Tony Bonne’s monthly coffee morning this week. Mr…

Tony Bonne,
Whakatane mayor

Mayor talk – 700 additional homes west of the bridge

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THIS week, through my Mayoral Facebook page, I asked whether people think Whakatane needs a second bridge. The response was overwhelming. The question received 194…

Gambling policy needs more teeth

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COUNCIL plans to place further limits on pokie machines are welcome – but need to go further. Submissions to Whakatane District Council’s draft gambling policy,…

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Court news – Guilty after indication

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A SENTENCE indication was sought before Paku Joseph Edwards entered pleas to five charges. The Opotiki 33-year-old was charged with possession of methamphetamine, intimidation and…

DIVERSION: Warren Cole Walkway users will need to follow the marked diversion for the next six months, while a major stormwater upgrading project is undertaken at the McAlister pump station. Image supplied

Warren Cole Walkway six-month diversion

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WALKERS and cyclists who use Whakatane’s Warren Cole Walkway will need to make a detour from their usual route while a major stormwater upgrading project…

Court news – Young offender turns to crime after losing job

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AFTER moving to Christchurch to work and then losing his job, Jordan July Brown’s life spiralled out of control until he landed in court charged…

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Quick arrest in burglary

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QUICK-THINKING neighbours allowed police to track down a burglar after he broke into a house in James Street, Whakatane. The neighbours alerted police after noticing…

Whakatane court

Jail for duping honey business

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THE man who duped a Whakatane honey business out of $100,000 by masquerading as an investor and promising to deliver large quantities of honey, has…

Sex offender back in prison

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A CONVICTED sex offender who fled Whakatane after threats were made against him has been sent back to jail for three months after breaching the…

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SPIN-OFFS: New enrolments and positive feedback has followed Tarawera High School’s appearance on television this month, delighting the students, staff and principal Helen Tuhoro, D3679-03

TV spot sparks roll growth

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AN appearance on national television this month has sparked roll growth at Tarawera High School in Kawerau. Principal Helen Tuhoro said eight new students had…

PRE-SCHOOL: Vrinda Carrington, Ashleigh Dixon and Amber Morrison stop to talk to 
 Everett about a career in early childhood education. Photos Louis Klaassen D3670-26

Careers expo outgrows venue

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EDGECUMBE College played host to what could be the Eastern Bay’s last school-based careers day on Monday. With around 40 exhibitors occupying the school’s hall,…

BOOK WORMS: Awakeri School students Tayla Jones, 12, Jake Webb, 11, Alex Robbie, 12, and Ben White, 12, prepare for the national Kids’ Lit Quiz this weekend. Photo Louis Klaassen D3678-5

Awakeri book stars shine

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PROVING they can spot the difference between Greg Heffley and Harry Potter – a team from Awakeri School has once again taken out the Bay…

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No one hurt in Kawerau crash

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TWO cars were badly damaged following a crash on Kawerau Road at 8am yesterday. Kawerau police Sergeant Al Fenwick said the two-vehicle crash involved a…

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Vehicle fire on Keepa Road

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A vehicle that caught fire at a Keepa Road property on Friday was not treated as arson. Whakatane chief fire officer Ken Clark said the…

Warning to people climbing Mt Ruapehu

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CLIMBERS and trampers venturing up Mt Ruapehu have been warned not to enter the summit hazard zone on the mountain until further notice. GNS Science…

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MPI leak confirms report

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ONE Whakatane fisherman is confident that a recent report claiming almost two-thirds of the fish caught in New Zealand waters went unreported or were dumped…

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Call for fishers to take their scraps home

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AUTUMN users of Ohope Beach are annoyed at the number of fish carcasses being dumped by lazy fisherman. Some kontiki fishermen seem to be choosing…

BfoB 2016 predator cycle

Te Urewera to stay 1080-free – for now

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  THE Government may be committing more than $20 million to ramp up pest control using 1080 in New Zealand but Te Urewera will remain…

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Rotoehu safe again

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A HEALTH warning issued in March for Lake Rotoehu has been lifted by Bay of Plenty District Health Board. Results of water testing by Bay…

CHECK IT OUT: Macular Degeneration New Zealand ambassador Viv Jones with an Amsler Grid test, a simple tool for checking your eye health.

Spreading the word on macular degeneration

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VIV Jones was reading a book on the beach in 2007 when she noticed the words were blurring. She put it down to one of…

Community meeting for outreach clinic

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A COMMUNITY meeting about a proposed outreach clinic for under-fives in Kawerau takes place tomorrow, May 18 at the Conference Building in Kawerau, from 10am…

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SUPPORT: Tarawera High School students dress in pink to support the national anti-bullying Pink Shirt Day Foundation. Photos Louis Klaassen D3701-13

Tarawera supports anti-bullying

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TARAWERA High School supported anti-bullying on Friday’s Pink Shirt Day with a mufti day and lunch-time dress competition and dancing. Students were encouraged to support…

ARMY: Matthew Tihi in Afghanistan during his 16-year service with the New Zealand Army. Photos supplied.

From army life to law graduate

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KAWERAU born Matthew Tihi has gone from serving overseas with the New Zealand Army to graduating with a bachelor of law this year. He spent…

Dog rego fees stay the same

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KAWERAU’S dog registration fees will remain unchanged for another year. At a Kawerau District Council meeting on April 26, a majority of councillors agreed to…

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Warwick cartoon

Learn from Auckland

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WHILE we are waiting 10 years for a new bridge – what about this idea? In between times, operate it the same as the Auckland…

Poor recycling effort

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REGARDING Warner Haldane’s polystyrene letter – I now live in Whakatane, ex Rotorua. I am amazed at the few items of recyclable products that Whakatane…

Bridge potholes damage vehicles

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I HOPE you run a story about the appalling condition the Rangitaiki Bridge was left in. The surface of the bridge had been scraped off…

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Tuhoe representatives in Venice

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A CONTINGENT representing Ngai Tuhoe will travel to Venice this week to show off the movie that documents the building of their headquarters, Te Kura…

Rikirangi Gage,
Te Whanau a Apanui leader

TPPA treaty clause just a cut and paste

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A WAITANGI Tribunal decision claims a clause in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is enough to protect Treaty of Waitangi rights, but a Te Whanau a…

Maori language parade

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THE country’s first ever parade to celebrate the Maori language will take place in Wellington on July 4. The Maori Language Commission is mobilising hundreds…

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John Forbes,
Opotiki Mayor

Harbour project phase moves ahead

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OPOTIKI’S harbour development project is moving to the next stage with the selection of two prospective tenderers. Following an extraordinary meeting of Opotiki District Council…

Waiotahe Valley shooting incident endangers students

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OPOTIKI police are continuing their investigation into an incident where a tutor was injured at a Department of Conservation camp in the Waiotahe Valley on…

WASHED ASHORE: A large buoy that was part of the Pacific Ocean tsunami warning system has been secured by Opotiki coast residents. Photo supplied

USA tsunami buoy washes up

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A LOST tsunami warning buoy belonging to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration in the USA has been found and secured down the coast. Raukokore man…

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MONEY: Police found money at the Kawerau address which was from a recent sale. Photos supplied

Warrants discover insidious drug for sale in Eastern Bay

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FIFTY packets of synthetic cannabis were found at a Kawerau address when police executed a search warrant yesterday. Eastern Bay Detective Sergeant Darren Thomas said…

Suspicious black Ford Falcon sightings

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WHAKATANE police want to hear from anyone that has seen a black 2005 Ford Falcon in the Whakatane and Opotiki areas over the past two…

Vehicles stolen

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WHAKATANE Police require the public’s assistance with two car thefts over the weekend. A 2002 gold Mazda Bounty, registration JGW203, was stolen from the Whakatane…

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TEAM WORK: Lance Philburn and Steel from Waikato in their first run. Photos Louis Klaassen D3684-044

Cattle dog trials stand test of time

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EVEN after 97 years of change in the cattle industry, the Te Teko Cattle Dog Trials are still going strong and are a testament to…

CLIMBING THE LADDER: Amelia Walker.

Farming a lifeline for Maori youth

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TWO young people say the self-esteem and other rewards of being involved in the dairy industry have changed their lives for the better. Amelia Walker,…

Tony Finch,
DairyNZ Maori development manager

Dairy industry aims to attract Maori youth

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A STUDY to determine how many Maori are involved in dairy farming shows the industry’s goal of 15 percent participation is within reach. DairyNZ Maori…