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HEAVEN SENT: Photographer Troy Baker captures Community Constable Spike Dickey, one of 15 Eastern Bay men to don a pink tutu for an Eastern Bay Breast Cancer Support Network fundraising calendar, defying gravity.

Pink angels ready for release

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THERE were no handcuffs in sight when Whakatane Community Constable Spike Dickey donned a pink tutu and angel wings to raise money for breast cancer.…

Suzie Johnson,
retail entrepreneur

Counter creep warning sounded

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SUZIE Johnson, a retail entrepreneur dedicated to revitalising small-town New Zealand, stopped in Whakatane this week to blow the cobwebs out of the business community.…

SURFING AHEAD: Whakatane Surf Lifesaving Club rookie of the year John Clark is preparing to sit his lifeguard exam. 
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Rookies on the crest

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WHAKATANE Surf Lifesaving Club hopes to keep its productive rookie machine rolling. Whakatane’s rookie of the year for last season, 14-year-old John Clark, is one…

FREEDOM CELEBRATIONS: Tame Iti cuts a cake celebrating the end of his parole period. Photo Troy Baker D1257-16

Iti totally free at last

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NINETEEN months after he was released from prison, Tame Iti is finally free. Mr Iti’s parole period ended on Tuesday. His final required visit to…

NEW SITE: Construction teams prepare foundations for Tarawera High School’s new buildings. 
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Tarawera build under way

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CHANGE, and heavy machinery, are shaking the ground along River Road as construction of Kawerau’s long-awaited new high school buildings begin. Tarawera High School’s rebuild…

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ON TRACK: Whakatane’s Malcolm Langley flips over at the National Offroad Championships near Christchurch at the weekend.                                                                                                                                                                                       Photo nzsnaps.com

Langley rolls in season finale

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MALCOLM Langley had a spectacular crash in at the Offroad National Championships over the weekend. The Whakatane driver flipped his car, launching him onto the…

PLOTTING THE COURSE: Whakatane’s Jason Good, Dean Sisson, Corrinne Smit and Neil Jones won the Whangamata 24 Hour Adventure Race on the weekend.              Photo suppled

Big adventure brings win

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FOUR Whakatane teams competed in the Whangamata adventure races at the weekend. Experienced racers Neil Jones and Dean Sisson were joined by first time 24…

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Sisters jump to it

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THE Smith sisters are taking their passion for showjumping to great heights. Fifteen-year-old Maddy, left, and 14-year-old Phoebe Smith are taking good form into this…