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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


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


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. 
Photo Troy Baker D1259-31

Rookies on the crest


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


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. 
Photo Megan Hunt D1242-12

Tarawera build under way


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

Langley rolls in season finale


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


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…


Sisters jump to it


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…