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HEARING AID: Dillon Scholarship recipient Naketa Phillips has a cochlear implant so she can hear. photo supplied

Scholarship celebrates


A SCHOLARSHIP programme supporting disabled Bay students to undertake tertiary study is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Former Trident High School student Naketa Phillips is a…

WHISTLE BLOWER: This eastbound train struck a 27-year-old woman at Otamarakau yesterday morning. Photo Louis Klaassen

Train strikes woman on bridge


A 27-year-old woman hit by a train yesterday morning at Otamarakau was taken to Whakatane Hospital with minor injuries. A police spokesman said the woman…

Five years for killing brother


THE Kawerau man who killed his brother has been jailed for five years and one month for manslaughter. Cameron Hunt, 26, was sentenced to five…

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XUV SUPREME: Mahindra New Zealand brand manager Gary Sanders congratulates Autozone co-owner Graeme Marshall on the company’s new facility, from which it will shortly be selling the company’s new XUV500 model, parked behind them. Photo Louis Klaassen D3589-05

Auto dealership welcomes new model


THE Whakatane Autozone dealership is poised to become one of the region’s premiere sellers of India’s best-known car brand. And to mark the occasion, the…

Largest deficit in seven years


THE annual trade balance for March 2016 was a deficit of $3.8 billion, the largest annual trade deficit since April 2009, Statistics New Zealand says.…

ANNIVERSARY: Air Chathams celebrates one year of operation in Whakatane tomorrow. 
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Air Chathams celebrates one year in Whakatane


PASSENGERS on tomorrow’s Air Chathams flights between Whakatane and Auckland will be celebrating with cake. At Christmas the airline wrapped up little Cadbury Favourites boxes…

More in council »council


Pay bonanza for Turner


WHAKATANE deputy mayor Judy Turner is to receive a 32 percent pay increase. While most of her fellow councillors and community board members can expect…

FAMILY TRAMP: WHAKATANE Mayor Tony Bonne with his daughter Rosie at Mangamate Falls, following a hikoi through the Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tane Conservation Park.
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Mayor talk – Hikoi highlights a special environment


EVERY year or so, I endeavour to experience some of the less well-known parts of our diverse and beautiful district, on foot. Past hikoi have…


Bumper tourist season for district


THE 2015/16 season was one of the busiest in memory for many Whakatane tourism and accommodation providers, with many crediting the large number of events…

More in court-news »court-news

Court news – Drink driver refused bail


WHEN Theodore Errol Verstegen was remanded in custody until his sentence date, his sister and daughter sat in the public gallery of the Whakatane District…

Beaten to near death by Whakatane man


GISBORNE man Sam Wanoa was brutally beaten about the head by a stranger wielding a steel baseball bat. Today he is unlikely to recall seeing…

Sudden guilty plea ends logging death trial


A LONG-running Worksafe prosecution following the death of log truck driver Dallas Wayne Hickey ended unexpectedly with a guilty plea in the Gisborne District Court…

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Thieves target lawnmower


A DISTINCTIVE bright green Ryobi lawnmower was among items stolen in a Goulstone Road, Whakatane, burglary between April 22 and 25. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant…

Money recovered, arrests made


EASTERN Bay police have arrested two men following the theft of money from a Kawerau ATM. Overnight on Wednesday, April 13, money was stolen from…

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Leap-year wedding winner dies in Perth


ALLAN Bruning, fatally stabbed in the Perth suburb of Maddingon on Sunday, lived in the Eastern Bay before moving to Australia four years ago. Australian…

More in education »education

Nominations open for school boards


NOMINATIONS open on Friday for New Zealand’s biggest democratic event – school trustee elections. More than 13,000 people are needed to fill positions on boards…

YOUNG TRADIES: Levi Tomas, 9, Nate Bishop, 9, and Kingston Green, 8, show off their Zip Line 2000 creation, complete with elevator, heliport, jet airplane and shark tank. 

Kids create cardboard community


BUILDING cities of the future usually takes more than cardboard and masking tape. But at Whakatane’s Te Koputu 40 young people have been doing just…

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College appoints junior council


EDGECUMBE College junior councillors are looking forward to becoming involved in various school and community activities next term. The students, selected by their peers as…

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Woman hit by train at Otamarakau


A WOMAN hit by a train this morning at Otamarakau suffered no life threatening injuries. A police spokesperson said the collision occurred near the marae…

Civil defence alerting system test


IF you receive a civil defence alert or hear a continuous siren sounding at 10am on Friday, May 6, please remain calm, it’s only a…

Three New Worlds, a Pak’n Save and a Four Square are supporting the Westpac chopper appeal this year. 
Pictured with Westpac Whakatane manager Darrin Hannah (in the trolley) are Ohope Four Square owner Brad Walker, Whakatane Pak’n Save owner Andrew Soutar, Whakatane New World store manager Ricky Bowen and Opotiki New World owner Jimmy Heal. Not pictured is Kawerau New World owner Wade Brown. Photo Louis Klaassen D3575-06

Supermarkets back chopper appeal


FIVE Eastern Bay supermarkets are backing this year’s Westpac rescue helicopter appeal. For the next two weeks, shoppers at Pak’n Save and New World in…

More in environment-news »environment-news

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Island crater takes on greenish hue


MUCH of White Island has been painted a green-yellow colour by an eruption last week. However, the activity associated with a minor eruption on the…

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Open season on rabbits


MANAWAHE Eco Trust wants to beat last year’s total of 176 pests on its annual bunny hunt day, this year being held on Sunday, May…

CONCERNED: Wairaka resident Brian Cribb is concerned sand from the Whakatane River mouth being spread over the beach area at The Heads will smother pipi. Photo Haylee King D3558-5

Concerned about pipi at The Heads


A WAIRAKA resident is concerned that sand excavated from the Whakatane River entrance is smothering pipi. Brian Cribb said a digger moves sand from the…

More in health »health

Grey Power boosts call for lab restoration


THE call for re-instatement of microbiology processing services at Whakatane Hospital has received a boost from the country’s Grey Power organisation. Grey Power Whakatane member…

Survey reveals confusion about dietary iron needs


NEW research shows a disparity between how much dietary iron Kiwi mums believe their children need and what they are actually receiving. In a recent…

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Fluoride debate not yet over


THE announcement this week that control of water fluoridation is to become a district health board responsibility has been termed underhanded by a lobby group…

More in kawerau-news »kawerau-news

Dog rego fees stay the same


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…

NEW NAME: Kawerau District Council has decided to name its nearly completed new sporting facility on Waterhouse Street Kawerau Adventure Hub. 
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Name decided for new Kawerau facility


THE location will be known as Kawerau Adventure Hub, the building will be called Firmin Field Lodge, and the field will be known as Firmin…

Malcom Campbell, Kawerau mayor

Three percent salary rise for Kawerau councillors


ELECTED members of Kawerau District Council have accepted a three percent pay rise recommended by the Remuneration Authority. Council regulatory and planning manager Chris Jensen revealed…

More in letters »letters

Resolving conflict of interest


“CONFLICT of interest” is cited by the Honourable Anne Tolley, minister of social development (Beacon, April 26) as a reason she is unable to meet…

Remembered on Misery Hill


BEEN thinking of you all this morning as, despite being deep in the Wiltshire countryside, 6.30am found me at the Anzac service. Codford is the…

End to chlorination plea


THIS is an open letter to Kawerau District Council regarding the chlorinating of our drinking water. Adding chlorine to Kawerau water seems to be a…

More in maori-affairs »maori-affairs

MATAATUA: The Mataatua Kapa Haka regional competition was the biggest in the region’s history. 
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Kapa haka comp makes history for Mataatua


KAPA HAKA is growing from strength-to-strength in Mataatua. This year’s regional competition, held in Ruatoki on April 16 and 17, was the largest in Mataatua…


Mataatua Pride


  RUATOKI hosted the 2016 Mataatua Regional kapa haka competition on Saturday and Sunday. Twenty-two groups took to the stage over two days, 13 competing…

Second ousting bid has conciliatory outcome


A SECOND bid to change the composition of the Ngai Tai Iwi Authority board of trustees was not followed through at an April 2 meeting.…

More in opotiki-news »opotiki-news

MURIEL Thompson with a letter that bridges two hemispheres and 65 years. Photo Sven Carlsson OB1616-01

Four days to recoup 65 years


IF an 89-year-old Opotiki woman had known the intentions of the family that employed her as a nanny in Britain 65 years ago, her life…

TUHAEREROA Little is happy to have found voluntary work on Opotiki’s new horse trail that may keep him out of jail, and re-direct him onto a crime-free path. 
Watching him paint trail marker posts are horse trail creators Anne Hill and Checkers Edwardson, and Mr Edwardson’s grandchild.
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Horse trail work a stay-out-of-jail option


THE opportunity to work on the initial construction stage of Opotiki’s new horse trail is something Tuhaereroa Little is grateful for – it could keep…

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Mayor prefers no election


MAYOR John Forbes wants the Opotiki district to not take part in local body elections later this year, continuing instead with the present line-up of…

More in police-news »police-news

Security cameras planned


WHAKATANE police are working with Coastal Motorhomes to improve security after another break-in at the premises last week. Overnight on April 24 someone broke into…

Three vehicle break-ins in a week


THREE vehicles break-ins have been reported to Whakatane police in the past week. On the night of April 24 the window of a car parked…

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Can you identify this person?


POLICE need the public’s assistance with identifying the man in this picture. Whakatane Sergeant Caoin Macey said police wanted to speak to him regarding the…

More in rural »rural

Burger chain going free range


BURGER King will start to use free range eggs in its restaurants throughout New Zealand from September 1. Chief executive John Hunter said the company…

Rural health scholarship


A $3000 education scholarship is available for health professionals with an interest in the rural sector. The Rural Women New Zealand and Access Scholarship is…

Support for proposed pest control


FEDERATED Farmers has welcomed environment minister Nick Smith’s proposed national pest control regulations under the Resource Management Act (RMA), announced last week. The proposed RMA…