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Milk’s Otakiri origin


LEWIS Road Creamery Fresh Chocolate Milk may be flying off shelves but the company’s founder says the business’ Otakiri roots will keep it grounded. Former…

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Thornton pupils do their bit for dunes


COLOURFUL artwork by Thornton School children features on a new sign put up at Thornton Beach yesterday. The Coast Care sign asks motorists visiting the…

SPELLER: Reilley Donner-Valois

Wise word stumps star speller


SAGACIOUS was the word that threw 15-year-old Reilly Donner-Valois at the national secondary school Spelling Bee over the weekend. The Trident High School student was…

TOP TRAINEE: After attending an electricity supply taster course in Kawerau in 2011, Anita Hope, second from right at front, took up a mechanical technician apprenticeship with Contact Energy and was last week named top electricity infrastructure trainee of the year. The others in the photo, all three years older now, are (from back left) Luke Johnston, Peter Whyte, Liam Richards, Phillip Burr, Wiremu Lovett, Jordan Masters, (front row) Emily Allen, Gareth Rowlands, Miss Hope and Errol Bruintjes. Photo supplied

Hope wins top apprentice award


CONTACT Energy apprentice Anita Hope has been named top electricity infrastructure trainee of the year. The former Whakatane High School student is an apprentice mechanical…

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CHAMPIONS: Whakatane’s national-title winning C grade team Tony Oswald, Dean Cole, Liam McComb, Elliott Jenkins, Finn Jenkins, Janek Tomaszewski and team manager Mark Jenkins celebrate their win at the North Shore Squash Club last week.                       Photo supplied

Right mix claims national title


WHAKATANE Squash Club won their first national teams title in eight years on Saturday. The men’s C grade team took out the tournament, held at…

Unsung heroes need praise


WHAKATANE residents are being encouraged to nominate volunteer cricket umpires. Specsavers and New Zealand Cricket yesterday launched the annual nationwide search for the favourite local…