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Stranded cutter refloated


The pilothouse cutter Checkmate which grounded on Whale Island last Friday has been re-floated and  towed to Tauranga. Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s regional harbour…


Business and Leisure Show opens


  A STEADY stream of curious people began filing past exhibits at the Beacon Business and Leisure Show from its midday opening today. GravityHQ representative…

INSPIRING: Syrus Drayton loves the time he spends with James Street School special education co-ordinator Ana Byrne, prompting his mum to nominate her for an inspiring teacher award. Photo Troy Baker D1001-07

Inspiring nomination


SYRUS Drayton’s eyes light up when he sees his old classroom teacher, Ana Byrne. She is no longer his everyday teacher at James Street School…

SEWERAGE: Edgecumbe’s two-pond sewage treatment system with its discharge to the nearby Omeheu Canal is considered out-of-date. 
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Lukewarm response to sewage offer


WHAKATANE District Council has given a less-than-enthusiastic response to a Kawerau District Council offer to treat and dispose of Edgecumbe’s effluent. Kawerau mayor Malcolm Campbell…

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Internet Mana takes in Eastern Bay


THE larger-than-life internet millionaire who has become one of New Zealand’s most recognised and controversial celebrities in less than three years is coming to the…

SYMBOLIC: This painting, symbolising a hand-up not a hand-out, helped push Merenia Hudson through the youth ambassador selection process. Photo supplied

Merenia appointed youth ambassador


TRIDENT High School student Merenia Hudson has been appointed one of five World Vision and Sanitarium Youth Ambassadors. In conjunction with Sanitarium, the youth ambassador…

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Show’s 10th incarnation today


THE Beacon Business and Leisure Show’s 10th incarnation begins today. Exhibitors, some shown in this photo, were busy yesterday preparing their stands for the annual…

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Rangers win and lose


PLAINS Rangers women’s football team made amends for their men at the weekend, recording their second straight win. On Sunday, Rangers women beat Rotorua United…

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Waaka dots down on debut


WHAKATANE’S Stacey Waaka scored a try on debut for Waikato in the opening round of the Women’s Provincial Championship on Saturday. Waikato thumped Hawke’s Bay…