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Tuhoe take on DOC staff

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STEP-BY-STEP, brick-by-brick, Tuhoe is strengthening its hand in Te Urewera. Just one year after signing and completing its Treaty of Waitangi settlement with the Crown,…

ACCIDENT SCENE: Rescue workers pack up their equipment after a man, run over by this tractor, is flown to hospital. OB1260-01

Man crushed under tractor

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A MAN suffered serious leg injuries in a tractor accident at Paerata Ridge on Monday morning. The alarm was raised at about 7.50am and the…

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CPI up 0.4 percent in June quarter

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THE consumers price index (CPI) rose 0.4 percent in the June 2015 quarter, following falls of 0.3 percent and 0.2 percent in the March 2015…

REVAMPERS: Shelley Burgess, Mary-Lou Guthrie, Graham Dennis and Chrissy Davies celebrate the opening of their refurbished Paper Plus store on The Strand, in Whakatane. 
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Revitalised store re-opens on The Strand

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WHAKATANE’S Paper Plus re-opened on Monday after a refurbishment to improve the store’s layout. The new store features colourful artwork on the walls, refreshed fixtures,…

HARD WORD: Waiotahi Contractors is installing the box culvert across The Strand in the Whakatane central business district. Photo WDC

Box culvert progressing well

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THE installation of a large box culvert at the western end of The Strand in Whakatane to improve the flow of stormwater away from the…

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Wave buoy back in water

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BAY of Plenty Regional Council’s wave buoy was put back into the water last Thursday following a five-month absence. The wave buoy was removed from…

Tony Bonne,
Whakatane mayor

Mayor Talk – Stormwater upgrades gaining traction

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AS it always does, the heavy rain on my roof on Wednesday night gave me pause for thought on how our stormwater systems were coping,…

Do tyres really threaten the environment

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A PERPLEXING double standard appeared on page one of the Beacon this week that generates way more questions than answers. Bay of Plenty Regional Council…

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Court news – Drink driver’s actions will cost him his job

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FORESTRY worker Riwhi William Heta was told it was his actions that would cost him his job, not being sentenced to home detention. The 31-year-old…

Court news – Man jailed for punishing partner

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A TANEATUA man will spend the next 18 months in jail after assaulting his partner to punish her for contacting police for a previous domestic…

Court news – Wet footprints give game away

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A WHAKATANE man has been sent to a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility ahead of his sentencing on burglary charges. Damien Leighton Subritzky, 40, pleaded…

More in crime »crime

Assault witnesses sought

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POLICE are searching for witnesses to a violent assault after a man with hypothermia and severe facial injuries was discover lost on Landing Road. Whakatane…

Theft of sign upsets skaters

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WHAKATANE Roller Derby League members are feeling confused and targeted since two of its signs have been stolen or destroyed. Chairwoman Lania Lopez said the…

Guitar snatch

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TWO guitars were taken from a Louvain Street, Whakatane, property late last week, but the theft marked the end of an otherwise quiet week of…

More in education »education

More students achieving in East Coast region

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EAST Coast MP Anne Tolley says parents will be happy to know there is steady improvement in Whakatane of 18-year-olds passing NCEA Level 2 or…

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Preschool manager grossly overpaid

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THE former manager of the Opotiki Rose Garden Preschool has failed in her bid to claim more than $40,000 in unpaid wages through the Employment…

Bright stars at Ruatoki

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BRIGHT STARS: Junior members of Te Wharekura o Ruatoki, including Turuhi Nicholas, Te Waipotiki Timoti, Te Ruakariata Heurea, Reese Teepa, Te Waiaio Heremia and Te…

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Police are investigating a hit and run accident in Opotiki overnight

Teenager killed in Opotiki

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EASTERN Bay police are investigating the death of a teenager in Opotiki, alleged to have been struck by a car that then left the scene. Rangimaria…

FREED DRIVER: The driver of a sedan involved in a two-car crash yesterday morning needed to be cut from her vehicle.                                                                                                                                                                           Photo Louis KlaassenD2353-28

Double crash to start term

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TRAFFIC on State Highways 2 and 30 was disrupted by two car crashes within three minutes of each other yesterday morning. Two vehicles were involved…

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Crashes keep emergency services busy + video

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EMERGENCY services in the Eastern Bay have been busy this morning dealing with crashes in Awakeri and the Waimana gorge. Two cars collided at the…

More in environment-news »environment-news

Wattle invading Tarawera foothills

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SILVER wattle growing around Mount Tarawera is the focus of a new weed control project aimed at restoring and protecting biodiversity. Bay of Plenty Regional…

ROOSTING: Moutohora is home to the world’s largest colony of grey-faced petrels, also known as muttonbird or kuia.

Muttonbird mania on Moutohora

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WHITE Island Tours has added an additional wildlife experience to its current offerings. Muttonbird Mania gives visitors the opportunity to visit Moutohora (Whale Island) at night…

Farmers join Forest and Bird to explain 1080

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THE Pest Control Education Trust has released a resource created to increase public understanding of the poison 1080 and how it is used. The joint…

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World Breastfeeding Week in the Eastern Bay

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WORLD Breastfeeding Week will see mothers and their babies across the Eastern Bay gather for Big Latch On events on Friday to raise awareness of…

LIVING LIFE: John Nicholls on holiday before his operation in Germany.

Whakatane man undergoes surgery in Germany

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WHILE John Nicholls recovers in Germany following surgery on a brain tumour, friends back home are raising money to help pay for the operation. Mr…

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Help Jacob into a standing chair

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JACOB Lane’s greatest wish is to be the same height as everyone else. It’s a $40,000 wish his friends and family are rallying to achieve…

More in kawerau-news »kawerau-news

Steel-arch bridge for walkway approved

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THE damaged bridge in Kawerau’s Stoneham Walk is to be replaced with a new arched-steel version. Kawerau District Council operations and services manager Tom McDowall…

RUBBLE REMOVAL: With the hall and administration office demolished, the next job is to remove rubble from the site before construction on the new buildings begins. Photo Megan Hunt D2356-08

More school reduced to rubble

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WITHIN hours on Monday, demolition crews reduced Tarawera High School’s former hall and administration block to rubble to make way for new construction. As students…

Hall to re-open

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KAWERAU’S Ron Hardie Recreation Centre is on target to re-open by the end of July. The floor has been sanded and at the beginning of…

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Bring on coupons and quiet times

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I CERTAINLY can’t wait for the day when Work and Income gets its A into G and replaces paying out benefits with coupons that do…

Dog owners need to be responsible

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I AM also upset at the harm and subsequent death of the dog featured in Tuesdays Beacon, and if it was an intentional act I hope…

Let the mayor socialise

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I RECENTLY wrote to Whakatane’s mayor, councillors and council chief executive Marty Grenfell. An abridged version of the letter may interest Beacon readers: Changing staff…

More in maori-affairs »maori-affairs

NAMING RIGHT: Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi has insisted that “indigenous-university” is part of its name, but the tag is absent from signs unveiled when it opened in December, and ahead of a legality ruling by the Ministry of Education. C8615-03

NAMING RIGHT: Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi has insisted that “indigenous-university” is part of its name, but the tag is absent from signs unveiled when it opened in December, and ahead of a legality ruling by the Ministry of Education. C8615-03

Enrolments down at wananga

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ENROLMENTS at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi are down on previous years but the tertiary organisation is on track to meet its targets, according to…

DoC staff off to fight fires in Alberta

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FOUR Department of Conservation staff members – three with links to the Eastern Bay – left for Canada to fight wildfires on Tuesday. John Sutton,…

SMALL TOUCHES: A Jack of all trades, Tame Iti finishes signwriting yesterday for his exhibition, which opens today. 
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Iti shows off prison paintings

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TAME Iti sits on a plastic chair outside the Taneatua Gallery painstakingly applying the second coat of paint to the letters that greet visitors. His…

More in opotiki-news »opotiki-news

THE Friends of St David’s Trust spokesman Paul Baragwanath is hoping to save the church with the help of Caitlin Papuni-McLellan and VC recipient Willie Apiata, 
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Willie, Caitlin help save ‘soldiers’ church

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OPOTIKI is contributing two individuals who will help create a lasting memory of Anzac Day in New Zealand – and hopefully help save a church…

SOME of the students from the level 3 beauty and cosmetology course who have moved on to level 4 are Mary-Anne Herbert, Jessie Williams, Chalsy Paget, tutor Liz Wilson and Samantha Ioane. Yesterday they were learning the finer points of a facial treatment. Monica Taiatini and Vicki Onekawa are on the beds acting as 
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Beautiful result for level 4 cosmetology students

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A LEVEL 4 Bay of Plenty Polytechnic-provided beautician and cosmetology course has, for the first time, started at Opotiki. The polytechnic has extended the opportunity…

Hekia Parata,
education minister

Coast schools ‘should close’ says minister

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IN what she terms an interim decision, education minister Hekia Parata  has decided three Coast schools “should close” and a new year 1-13 state school…

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Police are investigating a hit and run accident in Opotiki overnight

Teenager killed in Opotiki

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EASTERN Bay police are investigating the death of a teenager in Opotiki, alleged to have been struck by a car that then left the scene. Rangimaria…

Police issue Hilux alert

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POLICE are advising owners of Toyota Hilux vehicles to fit them with a secure locking device, or GPS tracking following a spate of thefts. Senior…

Senior Sergeant 
Steve Collins, Opotiki Police

Policeman rugby tackled

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POLICE have explained a large police presence in Opotiki over the past few days. Sergeant Steve Collins said the influx of police officers followed an…

More in rural »rural

Fruit exports hit $2 billion

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THE annual value of fruit exports reached an all-time high of $2 billion in the year ended June 2015, Statistics New Zealand said yesterday. The…

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Winter feed

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                          FEEDING hay at Airport Road is Darryl Best, who works for Whakatane…

Forest industry safety director appointed

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FIONA Ewing has been appointed a national safety director to advance the work of the Forest Industry Safety Council. Ms Ewing’s role is a key…