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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…