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PAYBACK: New World and Pak’n Save supermarkets have been told to refund docked wages.
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Docked wage refund


TWO Whakatane supermarket bosses have been told to refund docked wages now parent company Foodstuffs has condemned the practice. The owners of Pak’n Save and New…

RIBBON PLANTING: Reverend Chris Barnard sits among a growing number of white ribbons outside Knox Church on Domain Road.                                                                                                                                                                                              Photo Troy Baker D1364-03

White ribbon lawn taking shape


WHAKATANE’S Knox Presbyterian Church is growing a new kind of garden – a lawn of white ribbons as a silent protest against family violence. Members…

ONE-WAY: A one-way system is in place for boaties due to a sand build up dramatically narrowing the navigation channel in the Whakatane Harbour. Photo Troy Baker D1347-11

Tides rescue river entrance


HIGH tides have carved a chunk off the troublesome sandspit at the Whakatane River entrance. The extra flow created by very high tides late last…

RESCUE HELICOPTER: Ambulance and rescue helicopter staff stabilise a 49-year-old man after a motocross accident at Matata. Photo supplied

Motorbike accident spate strikes


THREE people were injured in separate motorbike accidents around the Eastern Bay of Plenty on Sunday and all were helicoptered to hospital. The Rotorua-based BayTrust…

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Bank announces its heroes


SEVEN everyday people from the Eastern Bay were honoured for doing exceptional things on Friday. As part of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year…

SEASCAPE: New subdivisions will attract development contributions but not homeowners in existing urban areas under a new Whakatane District Council proposal.

Changes proposed for development contributions


WHAKATANE District Council is reviewing its development contributions policy in conjunction with next year’s 2015-25 long-term plan. To comply with recent legislation changes, the council…

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AIR TIME: Te Awamutu rider Daniel White on his way to second place at the Tarawera 50 motorbike race near Matata on Saturday. Photo Doug Hickman D1356-039

Riders take on Tarawera


THE defending champ returned to make it two in a row at the Tarawera 50 on Saturday. Held at a Mimiha Road track near Matata,…

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Event lands big shots


MORTAL Combat Fight Night is over for another year and organisers say it was a big hit. Event spokesman Carl Cowley was rapt with how the…

IN FORM: Mark Ratana was on form at the weekend. File photo

Tennis team eye up semi-finals


WHAKATANE Tennis Club’s superb run through the premier interclub continued on Saturday. The trip to Thames was capped off by a dominant win, taking out…