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BIG SERVICE: Opotiki businessman Gordon Nelson’s coffin is transported to a funeral service on the back of one of his tow trucks. Photo Sven Carlsson OB653-02

Huge funeral for big man


DOZENS of trucks, countless cars and scores of people assembled at the Opotiki Towing and Storage shed yesterday morning to mark the passing of the…

Ross Boreham, council public affairs manager

Dam land purchase imminent


OWNERS of a 160-hectare land block in the headwaters of the Wainui Te Whara Stream are negotiating to sell or lease it to Whakatane District…

WARTIME: Charles Wilson, in the centre of the photo, marked with an ‘x’, poses with comrades during World War I. Photo supplied

Soldier’s wartime records preserved


CORRESPONDENCE and records pertaining to Edgecumbe farmer Charles Robert Wilson’s time as a solider have been digitally photographed and professionally packaged as part of the…

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WINNER: Whakatane’s Mark Eagle won gold at the AKF Australian Open two weeks ago. Photo contributed

Eagle swoops on gold


WHAKATANE’S Mark Eagle is calling it the biggest win of his career. He took the gold medal at the AKF Australian Open two weeks ago.…

ON FORM: Whakatane cricketer Graeme Aldridge was happy with his season for the Northern Knights.
 Photo Mark Taylor Waikato Times

Aldridge rolls on after big season


A SOLID season has Whakatane cricketer Graeme Aldridge confident he will continue his first class career. The 36-year-old finished his 16th season with Northern Districts…

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Petrie ready to have a go


ALEXI Petrie reckons his chance is now and he will not be left wondering. The 22-year-old Whakatane triathlete leaves for Germany in two weeks to…

No chance for new event


THE heavy rain that kicked off Easter Weekend prevented the Eastern Bay’s newest running race from getting out of the blocks. Saturday’s Ohope Express was…