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Barry Howe

Out-of-town candidates a hot topic


DEBATE about Opotiki District Council’s appointment strategy has erupted following allegations two council positions, understood to be assistant librarian roles, were awarded to out-of-towners. A…

LETISHA White with her Sir Peter Blake award, presented yesterday at a special St Joseph’s school assembly. She is photographed with her mother, Catriona White, and Opotiki Westpac manager Lorraine Hickey. Photo Whare Akuhata OB1227-1

Two pairs of lucky red socks


ST Joseph’s School student Letisha White was one of the few school students who knew who Sir Peter Blake was. She even has a pair…

HEARTLAND VISIT: Finance minister Bill English and East Coast MP Anne Tolley reflected on the economic importance of milk while in Whakatane yesterday. Photo Louis Klaassen D2268-03

Economics in plain English


IN Whakatane to sound out heartland issues, finance minister Bill English says the dairy industry faces a perfect storm of oversupply and falling prices. He…

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Henry poised for second title


WHAKATANE golfer Henry Spring was leading the New South Wales State Championships in Wollongong yesterday. He fired an impressive five birdies on the front nine…

Photo Louis Klaasen D2245-016.

Six-hour adventure at Manawahe


THE Manawahe Eco Trust Six-Hour Adventure Race included 168 competitors on Sunday as teams navigated checkpoints in a race to the finish line. Pictured are…