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Alistair Holmes,
Kawerau deputy mayor

Crime prevention strategy tweaked


KAWERAU’S lighting is a pillar of the town’s updated crime reduction strategy, in spite of street light outages becoming a thorn in the side of…

Gerard Casey,
Ohope community board chairman

Ohope board dumped


OHOPE community board chairman Gerard Casey says Whakatane District Council has “ridden roughshod over the community voice” by voting to amalgamate the Ohope and Whakatane…

CRASHED BIKE: Police officers examine a motorcycle that crashed through an Apanui Avenue fence yesterday as the rider fled police trying to stop him. Photo Geoff Mercer D2704-01

Police chase ends in crash


A MOTORBIKE rider who sped away after refusing to stop for police on The Strand yesterday crashed into a fence in Apanui Avenue shortly afterward.…

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KEEN: This group from the Whakatane ladies nine-hole golf group played a round of mini golf at Julians Berry Farm as an alternative to the course at their home club, which was closed for maintenance. From left Joan Bowering, Dot Edmondson, Catherine Ellis, Dot Moutier, Judy McMillan, Evelyn Yule and Robbie Lawson. Also in the picture is Paul 
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Berry farm opens with a bang and a buck


JULIANS Berry Farm & Café, which opened for business on Monday after its traditional winter shut, is donating five cents to the Oxfam Trailwalker charity…

NEW DIGS: Bracken Street car business Nicholson Holden is relocating to this property formerly owned by Bob Byrne, who ran his car business at the Commerce Street and Simpkins Street corner until his retirement in 2011. The existing building will be demolished and replaced with a new one. From left John Pullar, Dean Nicholson, Glenn Van Asselt and Bob Byrne. Photo Keith Melville D2703-03

Car businesses relocate


BIG changes are planned for two Whakatane car businesses. Nicholson Holden is relocating its Bracken Street business to a Commerce Street site owned by Glenn…

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Kawerau brewery’s medal haul


KAWERAU’S Mata beer brought home 10 medals from the Brewer Guild Awards this month. Brewer Tammy Viitakangas said the company’s Wai-iti Waka pale ale and…

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MAYORAL MOMENT: Tawanui Community Housing Trust manager Chris Johnstone and trust patron Adrienne von Tunzelmann listen as Whakatane Mayor Tony Bonne addresses pensioner tenants. D2661-08

Council sell pensioner units to Tawanui Community Housing


TENANTS of Whakatane District Council’s pensioner housing units toasted their new landlord on Tuesday with tea and biscuits. The council’s 79 units in Whakatane and…

Tony Bonne, Whakatane mayor

Mayor talk – Long-serving councillor’s service remembered


EARLIER this month, we mourned the passing of a former long-serving councillor – Gerard Martin. Gerard represented the Galatea ward for seven terms – from…

Whakatane Mayor Tony Bonne with Tawanui Community Housing Trust chairwoman Jo Gravit, left, and deputy mayor Judy Turner.

Council sells pensioner units to Tawanui Community Housing


WHAKATANE District Council is selling its 79 pensioner housing units to the Tauranga-based Tawanui Community Housing (TCHT) for $2.5 million. Ownership of the units will…

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Court news – Friend’s death a life changing event for 17-year-old


A 17-year-old with a lengthy criminal record says he wants to turn his life around since his friend died while they were riding a stolen…

Court news – Trio pleads not guilty to attack


THREE Kawerau men, arrested following a violent attack earlier this year, pleaded not guilty to injuring and wounding charges. Desmond Rongo Ngaheu, Tamihana Tukaki and…

Court news – Shot gun threat to former partner


AN Awakeri man who threatened his former partner with a firearm could face imprisonment when he appears for sentencing on October 8. Bennett Cameron Hutching,…

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Auckland pair charged with Jeep theft


TWO people arrested in Paeroa on Monday afternoon in possession of a Jeep stolen from Ohope were wanted by police on a number of other…

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Indecent assault captured


QUICK-THINKING by a Whakatane jogger and bystanders on Saturday has led to the arrest of a 16-year-old boy for five alleged indecent assaults. Whakatane police…

Stolen vehicles


A VEHICLE advertised for sale on Domain Road was stolen from the entrance to Whakatane’s Rugby Park on Wednesday. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Yvonne Parker…

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International top performer


TRIDENT High School’s Kai-Phoenix Freeborn, right, is the top two percent when it comes to English. The year 9 student was a top performer in…

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Trident student wins scholarship to Japan


RAEANA Araroa from Trident High School is this year’s recipient of the Whakatane District Sister Cities Committee’s annual Japan scholarship. Every year the committee offers…


Top student at defence force leadership course


HANNAH Salmons, from Trident High School’s Service Academy, won the top student award at a New Zealand Defence Force advanced leadership course this month. Hannah…

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FATAL WRECKAGE: The car involved in yesterday’s crash rests crumpled against a bank.
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Fatal crash in gorge


ONE person died in a Waimana Gorge accident yesterday that closed State Highway 2. At 2.15pm emergency services were called to the spot 1.4 kilometres…


Fatal accident in gorge


STATE Highway 2 between Taneatua and Waimana is closed following a fatal collision. The accident happened at 2.15pm, about 1.4km south of Stanley Road, .…


Tsunami alert: stay away from beaches


BAY of Plenty Civil Defence is urging people in coastal areas of the Bay of Plenty to keep away from beaches, coastal areas and river…

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DISCHARGES: The Kopeopeo Canal is contaminated by sawmill run-off.

Warning sounded as dioxin trial begins


AS the first signs of a major project to decontaminate the Kopeopeo Canal emerges this week, an environmental campaigner is expressing concern at the level…

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Harbour Care planting project


WHAKATANE Harbour Care took advantage of clear weather and mild temperatures on Saturday morning to continue its planting project near Eivers Road. The group began…

HUT KEEPERS: Members of Nga Tapuwae O Taneatua Tramping Club, photographed with bags of rubbish they carried out of the bush, have cleaned up Kotepato Hut, in the Wairata catchment in the Waioeka Gorge.  Photo supplied

Hiking housekeepers at Kotepato Hut


THIRTEEN members of Nga Tapuwae O Taneatua Tramping Club walked into the Kotepato Hut to do some housekeeping last week. Club member Peter Green said…

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Big NZ Blood Pressure Check set to break records 


THE 2015 Big New Zealand Blood Pressure check is set to break records tomorrow for the number of people to have their blood pressure tested…


Hospital bans sugary drinks


SUGARY drinks will not be available from Whakatane Hospital’s cafe and vending machines from today. The move follows a request to ban the sale of…

Lydia Milbank died when she was struck by a motorbike at Lake Rotoma. Photo supplied.

Coroner acknowledges St John failures


WHILE there is no evidence to suggest failures by staff contributed to the death Lydia Milbank, St John’s medical director says a number of changes…

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Kawerau dog control changes


KAWERAU’S dog control staff failed to meet one target during the last financial year, with some jobs never attended. The annual dog control report for…


New home for Corrections


EAST Coast MP Anne Tolley opened the new Kawerau community probation site this month, built from two former state houses and refurbished by prisoners. Department…

Kawerau 2016 Election method unchanged


KAWERAU District Council did not receive any submissions toward its review of representation arrangements for the 2016 local body elections. Election Services chief executive Dale…

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Mayor accused of writing drivel


MAYOR Talk, September 4, is the usual drivel we expect from our current civic leader. This council inherited (and has virtually re-built) the neglected, crumbling,…

MV Tuhoe at Whakatane wharf


I READ with interest the story in Wednesday’s Beacon about the MV Tuhoe. I can remember back to the 1940s and watching the Clansman the…

Zoos do not conserve wildlife


THE Hamilton Zoo has assured people that Oz, the Sumatran tiger who fatally mauled a zookeeper, will not be killed because his actions were “in…

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Te Ahurei and kapa haka competition may merge


ORGANISERS of Tuhoe’s hallmark festival are considering a proposal to combine next year’s Te Ahurei a Tuhoe with the Mataatua Regional Kapa Haka competition Te Ahurei…

TWO SIDES: Tame Iti with former policeman and politician Ross Meurant, who told the Beacon in 2012 he believes the decision to prosecute the Tuhoe activist was a misuse of power. Photo Geoff Mercer C5479-03

Iti movie opens tonight


EVER wondered if Tame Iti really posed a terrorist threat? Now’s your chance to find out, through the lens of documentary maker Kim Webby. The…

Iwi ends carbon contract


NGATI Awa’s financial arm has extracted itself from a controversial carbon credit investment in a move that could save the tribe up to $4 million.…

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WILLY Storer remembers a pig hunting expedition in the Motu with his mate Alan Murray. 
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Storer by name, storer by nature


TAKING a walk around Willy Storer’s home is quite unlike anything else. In fact, it feels like you could be wandering through a $2 dollar…

FURTHER units like the one Willy Storer lives in at Rangimarie Flats planned for King Street are awaiting a green light from Opotiki District Council. Mr Storer, on his unit’s steps, is flanked by property manager Lloyd Hosken (left) and Rangimarie Trust chairman Don Murray. Photo Ross McCullough OB1358

Approval for King Street units expected soon


APPROVAL of plans for further low-cost social housing on a 1000-square-metre section in King Street could be given the go-ahead any day. That is according…

WAITOMO Waiotahi was this week selling the cheapest fuel in Opotiki. Photos
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Where are you pumping your gas?


A DIFFERENCE in petrol prices between Opotiki and Whakatane has been credited to strong price competition taking place in Whakatane. But while Whakatane motorists benefit…

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Missing items to collect


JEWELLERY, a sewing machine and bikes are among missing items handed in to Whakatane police station and waiting for owners to claim. Whakatane police Senior…

SPRAY OBJECTION: A handful of protesters voice their objection to the police pepper spraying of a 10-year-old Whakatane girl. D2628-06

Pepper spray protest


A HANDFUL of protesters outside Whakatane District Court on Wednesday voiced objections to the accidental police pepper spraying of a 10-year-old Whakatane girl. The group…

PAINFUL: 10-year-old Amy has her eyes drained while in Whakatane Hospital. Photo Facebook

Police pepper spray child


A WHAKATANE schoolgirl spent Friday night recovering in hospital after she was accidentally pepper sprayed by police officers. Amy was travelling in a vehicle stopped…

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Farmer confidence low


CONFIDENCE remains low among New Zealand farmers, weighed down by a negative outlook among dairy producers, according to the latest Rabobank rural confidence survey. However,…

Zespri to share info at symposium


KIWIFRUIT marketer Zespri holds its inaugural Kiwifruit Innovation Symposium in Mount Maunganui later next month to give people a chance to see the latest developments…

BOOST: Zespri expects New Zealand’s free trade agreement with South Korea coupled with a marketing campaign will boost sales next year.                                                                                                                                                                        Photo supplied

Zespri says free trade will boost exports


ZESPRI says the passage of the Tariff Amendment Bill is a significant step toward implementing the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with South Korea. It says…