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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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…