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Record number complete studies

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A RECORD number of students have provided invaluable support to medical research projects across the Bay of Plenty during their summer breaks. Fourteen students, from…

Mussel harvest set to increase

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OPOTIKI’S mussel harvest is expected to be more than 20 times greater within two years. Whakatohea Mussels Opotiki chairman Ian Craig said last year the first…

New $20k grant for urban food forest

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BayTrust has granted Kawerau’s Urban Food Forest the final $20,000 required to kick-start the project and an official public launch will now be held on…

Cyclist plea to motorist

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AFTER she was knocked from her bike while riding through a Whakatane roundabout, Diane McCarthy is pleading with motorists to remember to keep an eye…

More in business »business

Busy summer of sales

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THE summer holiday period has been anything but a holiday for Eastern Bay real estate agents. Professionals Whakatane principal Kathryn McKay describes it as being…

Iconic book store to close

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WHITCOULLs’ Whakatane store is to close after four years of uncertainty that includes the company being placed into voluntary administration and its sale to a…

Pie cart revival underway

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PIE carts are just a fond memory for most, but the void created by their demise seems about to be filled with a mobile reincarnation…

More in council »council

Stream channel works set to start

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THE final stage of a major flood protection project along the urban section of the Wainui Te Whara stream channel in Whakatane is set to…

Gallery spaces ‘second to none’

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WHAKATANE District Council refutes a claim that its ratepayers are limited to viewing just 0.2 percent of the council’s art collection, valued at $8,750,174. The…

Mayor talk – Keeping things working

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WE are currently in the midst of the “great New Zealand close down” when a significant portion of the population is enjoying a holiday break…

More in court-news »court-news

Court news – Well over the limit

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WHEN Koro Ata was driving from Ruatoki to Ruatahuna, he was not only disqualified but drunk. The 61-year-old Ruatahuna man was stopped at a compulsory…

Court news – Homelessness and drugs drove offending

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MICHAEL Samuel Hodgkinson Elsley said drug addiction and lack of accommodation drove him to commit thefts. The 26-year-old pleaded guilty to five thefts under $500,…

Court news – Kawerau man steals car for a ride home

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DITCHED in Whakatane by his friend, Aaron Raki stole a ute from a car yard because he thought it was the only way he could…

More in crime »crime

Gang rivalry boils over

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MEMBERS of rival gangs clashed while a funeral procession was under way in Whakatane on Friday. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Mark van der Kley said…

Bike theft leaves boy heartbroken

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IT took Teia Grant Jaram all year to save the money to buy her three children new bikes for Christmas – and only a few…

Thief steals donation box

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A DONATION box at The Turkish Kebab House in Whakatane was stolen on Saturday and the crime was caught on camera. Store owner Hayati Unudulmaz…

More in education »education

Small gestures win $1000

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A short film about a student’s rising happiness gauge has won first prize in a national Blue Light short film competition. A group of 15…

Police dog award tradition contuinues

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THE story of how Tauranga police dog team Senior Constable Mark Chapman and Epic caught criminals has won over Whakatane Intermediate School students. The school…

Schools embrace Japanese partnership

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ONLY one little girl from Thornton School screwed up her face as she munched into an Okonomiyaki. The rest considered the Japanese savoury pancake, cooked…

More in emergency-services »emergency-services

Matata fires suspicious

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TWO fires at council-owned land at Matata are being treated as suspicious. The Matata volunteer fire brigade was called to two fires at Kaokaoroa Street…

Fire hazard high and unstable

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A FIRE ban is in effect right across the Bay of Plenty as dry weather has increased the fire hazard to between very high and…

Car strikes cyclist

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A 49-year-old cyclist was struck by a car at the Domain Road-McAlister Street roundabout yesterday morning. Police and St John ambulance staff attended and the…

More in environment-news »environment-news

Campers prefer bush excitement to quiet time

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BEST friends Kristina De Jong and Nadine Evans of Hamilton like to rough it a bit when they vacation. Though camping at Matata’s Department of…

Litter injures duckling

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SULLIVAN Lake residents are concerned about rubbish being left at the reserve after a duck was found in distress with a plastic bottle cap ring…

Camping antics raise concerns

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ACTIONS of some campers in the Whakatane district, including pitching tents in inappropriate areas and consuming alcohol in public reserves, has raised the ire of…

More in health »health

Organ donations encouraging

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HEALTH minister Jonathan Coleman says efforts to increase our deceased organ donations and transplant rates have resulted in a record number being carried out in…

Whakatane to get trainee doctors

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THE first fifth year medical students in a new Regional-Rural Programme will soon be working at Whakatane Hospital and local GP rooms. Yesterday the University…

Community understanding as doctors strike

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DOZENS of surgeries at Whakatane and Tauranga hospitals have been postponed as junior doctors continue to strike. The strike started at 7am yesterday and will…

More in kawerau-news »kawerau-news

Remaining tyres to be removed

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FOUR hundred and-forty tonnes of tyres, originally stockpiled for a tyre shredding operation, are about to be moved from Kawerau. The original stockpile held 1200…

Christmas in the Park ‘best and biggest’

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SATURDAY’S Kawerau Christmas in the Park was by far the best, organiser Lee Barton says. The fireworks display returned, a big screen gave a more…

Easter Sunday trading consultation

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KAWERAU District Council adopted a draft Easter Sunday trading policy yesterday that is now available for public consultation. At the last full council meeting of…

More in letters »letters

Question suggestion

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PERHAPS the reporter who quoted the BP gang member the other day could have asked if he was aware that he and his ilk are an…

Next media assault on leaders

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I HAVE never had so much feedback from Beacon readers to a story, as to the tale of the Hamilton-based Somalis who have been sneaking onto…

Adding to self-importance

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I FULLY support the letter “what were you thinking?” in Friday’s edition as you allocate too much space to these mobsters. Most readers are not…

More in maori-affairs »maori-affairs

New moderator appointed

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TE Aka Puaho, the Maori Synod of the Presbyterian Church, has chosen a new moderator as its leader. Marina Rakuraku is the third Maori woman…

Honouring 50 years

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RUATOKI’S Herita Rita Toko has been involved with primary and early childhood education for 50-years. For her contribution to Maori and education, she has been…

Headquarters maintenance

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CLADDING on Tuhoe’s headquarters, Te Kura Whare is being re-stained and the tribe is still working towards Living Building Challenge accreditation. Communications manager Waikare Kruger…

More in opotiki-news »opotiki-news

Council drops the ball after dog attack

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BOTH the owner and the victim of an attacking dog say the Opotiki District Council should have put the dog down immediately, instead of allowing…

Opotiki 10th luckiest place for Lotto wins

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HOPING to win Lotto and live a life of luxury? It might pay to buy your ticket from a shop in Opotiki. Lotto NZ has…

Another successful rodeo

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  THE animals performed well and none were harmed at yesterday’s Opotiki’s Sun FM Rodeo. George Mansell, a member of the Bay of Plenty Opotiki…

More in police-news »police-news

Vehicle thefts on the increase

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FIVE vehicles were stolen in the Eastern Bay last week. Two have since been recovered and police are seeking community help to recover the others.…

‘Husband would still be alive’

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THE widow of a man who was allegedly chased by Mongrel Mob members near Te Kaha and killed, says her husband would still be alive…

Gun held to man’s head in Whakatane

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A MAN was stopped by gang members and a shotgun held to his head, while his child watched in Whakatane last week. Police are investigating…

More in rural »rural

Lack of rain causes concern

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THIS weekend’s rain, though welcomed by farmers, was likely not enough to make a significant difference to the dry conditions around the Eastern Bay. Dairy…

Trump good for Kiwi farmers

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WITH Donald Trump’s presidency the likely death of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement could be a good thing for Kiwi farmers, says a Massey University…

Sheep number falls to six each

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THE total number of sheep was down by just over 5 percent between June 2015 and June 2016, Statistics New Zealand said last week. Provisional…