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Cody holds court


New Zealand rising star Cody Winiata has been in royal company recently. The Opotiki hip-hop dancer has been holding court with superstar choreographer Parris Goebel…

The pinup girl


MISS Kitty Kat’s wardrobes would make lovers of pinup swoon. A dedicated room in Andrea Haylings’ Kawerau home is overtaken with the flouncy ruffles of…

Painter, weaver, father inspiration


RUKA Hudson has never allowed his disability to rule his life and possesses an enduring faith in the power of family. Cheerful and intelligent, he’s…

More in business »business

Bike Barn for sale


BIKE Barn Whakatane will reach the end of its ride, if the business isn’t sold quickly. Owner Fritz Lindekilde said the business would close on…

Book store shuts its doors


AFTER 23 years of trading on The Strand, the doors to an empty Whitcoulls store were closed to the public yesterday – a far cry…

Apple prices up 40 percent


RECORD-HIGH apple prices led to a 2.8 percent rise in food prices in January, Statistics New Zealand says. The rise in food prices is the…

More in council »council

Mayor Talk – Water: a most precious resource


IN light of recent community discussions around Nongfu Spring’s purchase of the Otakiri Springs water bottling and distribution business, I think it’s timely to encourage…

Residents land shortage may be eased by ‘7 Acres’ offering


A NEW 40-lot subdivision is about to be developed in Keepa Road by Lysaght Developments. Currently before Whakatane District Council awaiting a resource consent, ‘7…

McLean elected to Taneatua board


Hohepa MCLEAN has been elected as the new member for the Tāneatua Community Board following a by-election that concluded at midday today. Final results are:…

More in court-news »court-news

Court news – Hit with ceramic mug


A WOMAN who hit another while holding a ceramic mug and left behind a three-centimetre-deep gash was sentenced to 10 months’ jail when she appeared…

Court news – Ongoing text message dealing


HIRI Paramea Matiu was in custody on drugs charges but people were still texting his cellphone asking for methamphetamine. Matiu was arrested after being stopped…

Court news – Man admits offending while ‘high on meth’


DOUGLAS Brian Tarei was sentenced to 12 months in jail for his role in two burglaries that included stealing a Harley Davidson and a truck…

More in crime »crime

One bailed as Outbacks appear via AVL


ONLY one of 13 men scheduled to appear in Whakatane District Court yesterday for their roles in an altercation with the Mongrel Mob were granted…

Burglary video unseen


WHAKATANE police cannot watch surveillance footage of a burglary in progress because they do not have a computer for the task. Senior Sergeant Mark van…

Bracken Street burglary


WHILE the occupants of a Bracken Street home were away, their house was burgled. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Mark van der Kley said that on…

More in education »education

Secondary students excel


BOTH Whakatane secondary schools are celebrating after excelling in scholarship and NCEA examinations last year. Trident High School students, three of them year 12 students,…

New teachers for Edgecumbe College


TWO new staff members at Edgecumbe College this year have added an international flavour to the school. Miemie Vermeulen, from South Africa, is teaching hospitality…

Six scholarship winners named


SIX Eastern Bay students heading off to begin their tertiary education have received a financial helping hand. The six were recently announced recipients of the…

More in emergency-services »emergency-services

Crash victim named


THE man who died in a head-on crash on Monday has been identified as 60-year-old Harry Titoko, of Tawera, near Ruatoki. The crash occurred on…

Health centre water pipe burst


PATIENTS at The Doctors Kopeopeo are being redirected to another medical centre after the James Street medical rooms were flooded over the weekend. Debbie Yardley,…

Driver walks away with minor injuries after crash


A DRIVER was lucky to walk away with minor injuries after an accident at the intersection of Wainui and Paparoa roads yesterday morning. A white Mitsubishi…

More in environment-news »environment-news

DoC’s war on koi carp to begin


THE DEPARTMENT of Conservation is about to launch a war on koi carp in the Eastern Bay. The fish has been deemed “public enemy number…

Shellfish toxin returns


THE toxin paralytic shellfish poisoning has been detected again between Whakatane and Opotiki. The ministry for primary industries warned yesterday that people should not take…

Campers blamed for rats at Port Ohope


FREEDOM campers are being blamed for an alleged rat infestation at Port Ohope, although the number of rats trapped in the area is said to…

More in health »health

Time for free flu vaccination


THE Asthma and Respiratory Foundation is advising people with a respiratory illness to obtain their free influenza vaccination from March onwards. The foundation says it…

Air ambulance services centralised


A TWO-year trial to centralise the co-ordination and dispatch of national air ambulance helicopter services began yesterday. The trial, funded by the Ministry of Health…

Volunteers wanted for dementia-risk study


VOLUNTEERS are being sought to take part in a study of people diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which helps to identify people who are…

More in kawerau-news »kawerau-news

Rainfall put at 470mm + video


THE amount of rain that fell on Kawerau on Friday night, turning streets into raging torrents that tore through homes, has been put at 450 millimetres…

Rain drenches Kawerau


Heavy rain in Kawerau overnight climaxed with a torrential downpour about 4am that flooded homes and streets. Valley Road resident Dave Mitchell said he woke…

Kawerau approves Easter Sunday trading


KAWERAU retailers will be able to open for business on Easter Sunday this year. The Kawerau District Council adopted a new trading policy at an…

More in letters »letters

Sorting the school bus


A COUPLE of weeks ago the Beacon ran a story on the school bus situation for pupils travelling from the two Whakatane senior schools to Taneatua and…

Bears don’t use toilet paper


IN support of T Humberstone’s letter regarding freedom campers, and in response to those who felt the need to defend the actions of freedom campers,…

Dioxin and community health


IN response to letter writer Kerry, I believe the residents who live close to the canals where dioxins were dumped by the Whakatane sawmill have…

More in maori-affairs »maori-affairs

Tuhoe totara falls ahead of Te Matatini


GATHERED together watching kapa haka and remembering his legacy is an apt way to send off one of Tuhoe’s great cultural exponents, Te Makarini Temara…

Five Eastern Bay kapa haka at Te Matatini


TE Kapa Haka O Ruatoki will be one of five Eastern Bay kapa haka to seek national honours at Te Matatini this week. The other…

Maori women’s welfare league inspires Maori to move


THE Waiariki Maori Women’s Welfare League is trying to inspire health and wellness through a simple yet magical process. The branch launched an initiative last…

More in opotiki-news »opotiki-news

Plans under way for A&P show’s 125th anniversary


THERE is much planned to celebrate a key milestone in the history of Opotiki’s Agricultural and Pastoral Show on March 10 and 11 – the…

Power outage in Opotiki


POWER  has been restored to all Opotiki  consumers following a cessation of supply that began at 12.30pm today. Earlier: MORE than 1000 homes and businesses…

Missing woman found alive after six weeks


A FORMER Opotiki woman has been found after being missing for six weeks. Opotiki relatives of Shelley Crooks said they could not speak to media…

More in police-news »police-news

Police inaction frustrates victim


ALMOST a month after being attacked while walking down the street with her grandson, a Whakatane woman has heard nothing from the police. This comes…

Firearm incident at service station


SHOTS were fired at a Whakatane service station in the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to a member of the public. The person, who…

Court news – Community work for assault


BELIEVING she should drive because she less drunk than her partner, Jazmin Herewini became involved in an argument that ended with her assaulting him. The…

More in rural »rural

Wool price continues to firm


WOOL growers are holding back wool or refusing to accept below production cost returns, which is restricting supply in some categories. New Zealand Wool Services…

New sharemilker model has merit


FEDERATED Farmers says a new sharemilking payment model has merit, but it will await the outcome of a review. The farmer organisation says there has…

Scholarships for dairy


DAIRYNZ awarded 55 scholarships to university students this year as part of a drive to encourage young talent to enter the dairy industry. DairyNZ industry…