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SEPTIC waste treatment operations at the Opotiki Wastewater Treatment Plant have been the focus of four complaints from the public. Photos supplied

Spills end sewage experiment

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OPOTIKI District Council has abandoned a trial with a septic tank contractor because of complaints from the public about operations at the town’s oxidation pond,…

Tony Bonne,
Whakatane mayor

New car for Whakatane Mayor

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AFTER years of using his own car, Whakatane mayor Tony Bonne is to receive a ratepayer-funded vehicle. The council has unanimously agreed to provide him…

ARMED police cordoned off Whakatane streets after reports of a man behaving suspiciously with a firearm. He was arrested without incident and will face firearm and drug charges. Photo Troy Baker D1085-23

Drug charges after incident

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A FORMER Whakatane businessman is facing drugs and firearms charges after a mid-week incident during which police cordoned off streets and schools were locked down.…

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‘Touch-and-go’ for Hercules

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A NEW ZEALAND Air Force Hercules C-130 visited Whakatane Airport briefly on Wednesday. The aircraft touched down twice before landing and coming to a stop at the…

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MAT SKILLS: Sophie Spod, left, finishes a move during her floor routine.

Gymnasts show their skills

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THE Eastern Bay Gymnastics Club held their Flix n Trix competition on Saturday. Fifty-one gymnasts performed their routines and were split in age and gender…

TOP TEAM: Eastern Bay rep teams celebrate winning the Ellis Shield. Photo contributed

Reps claim first shield

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THE Eastern Bay broke their 22-year duck by winning the Ellis Shield on Saturday. In torrential rain at Paengaroa, Eastern Bay played Western and Central…

LAWN MASTER: Whakatane’s George Coulter will play in the World Golf Croquet Championships next year.  File photo D0236-057

George earns his national shirt

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A SEVENTEEN-year-old Trident High School student will New Zealand at the World Golf Croquet Championships in Christchurch next February. George Coulter, already a member of…