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MID DIG: Last year’s Big Dig winners Hubbard Razorbacks battle Riteway Diggerz during this year’s final on Sunday at Kawerau Woodfest. Photo Troy Baker D1074-068.

Chip-slinging good time at Woodskills


A FALLING shovel and a dash to the finish line drew gasps from the crowd watching Kawerau’s Big Dig final on Sunday afternoon. The woodchip…

VICTIM: Student Erin Bocker stands on a floodgate modification designed to allow whitebait and eel access.
Photo Keith Melville D1083-03

Thieves disrupt lagoon fish study


A MASSEY University student’s fish migration study at Awatapu lagoon, which has New Zealand-wide implications, has been disrupted by the theft of her nets. Zoology…

RUBBISH PATROL: Mayor Tony Bonne, deputy mayor Judy Turner, Sandy Pryde, of Pride Whakatane, and councillor Andrew Iles collect rubbish around Whakatane this week. 
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Keep Whakatane beautiful


IT is still not too late to register for Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week. This year the annual clean-up programme takes place from September 14…

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Photo Troy Baker D1073-26

Taking aim for Silver Pigeon


JOHN Beaver (pictured) competed at the Whakatane Clay Target Club annual Silver Pigeon Shoot on Sunday. The trophy has been contested for more than 60 years…

FAST FINISH: Awakeri School’s Kevin Paulsen, right, on his way to ninth in the year 7 cross-country race along side Somerville Intermediate School’s Kaine Bradley.

Two medals from AIMS Games


A WHAKATANE Intermediate School golfer won the Eastern Bay’s only gold medal at last week’s AIMS Games. Thirteen Eastern Bay schools took part in the…

Funding foundation takes regional focus


THE Adastra Foundation has opened its 2014 funding round and are aiming at a new, regional focus. After seven years of providing financial and mentoring…