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MISSING: Robert "Rolls" Bennett

Whakatane man missing

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The family and workmates of Robert “Rolls” Bennett are calling on the public to help find him. Mr Bennett, 27,  disappeared 10 days ago and…

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Police abandon children

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POLICE allegedly abandoned two young children on Landing Road on Sunday evening after their 29-year-old mother was arrested for assaulting an officer. Neither the police…

Woman robbed in Commerce Street

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A MIDDLE-AGED female was pushed to the ground and her purse was stolen today in Commerce Street, Whakatane. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Yvonne Parker said…

Woman stabbed at Coastlands

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  A 46-year-old Whakatane man has been arrested and charged with wounding with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm following a stabbing on Thursday…

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Tourism board announces changes

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TOURISM Bay of Plenty chairman Paul Bowker has retired and his deputy chairman, Ian Smith, will succeed him. Initially appointed as trustee to TBOP in…

LEADERS: Allied Industrial Engineering new chief executive Kelvin Wright and business owner Paul Raethel.
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New Allied boss makes changes

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KAWERAU company Allied Industrial Engineering (AIE) says it is taking a more customer-focused approach to the way it conducts business. Chief executive Kelvin Wright said…

Childhood centres rebranded

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Anglican Care Waiapu is rebranding its early childhood centres Waiapu Kids. Anglican Care chief executive Peter O’Brien has announced the changes will take effect in…

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Route security work underway

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A $200,000 route security upgrade is in progress along Wainui Road. Opotiki District Council regulatory and planning manager Barbara Dempsey said work to repair the…

Better compliance with dairy effluent rules

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BAY of Plenty farmers are doing better in complying with dairy effluent rules, according to a Bay of Plenty Regional Council report. A 2014 survey…

Regional council asking for help with long term plan

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BAY of Plenty Regional Council is releasing its plans for the next 10 years and is calling for residents’ input. The council’s long term plan…

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Court news – Police bust leaves man spitting mad

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WHEN police burst into his home and knocked over his eight-year-old daughter, Thomas Jason Manahi saw red and spat at an officer. In the Whakatane…

Court news – Couple obstruct police during drug search

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A COUPLE who abused police in front of their children as officers searched their house for drugs appeared in Whakatane District Court on Wednesday. The…

Court news – Suspected P dealer narrowly avoids jail

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STACY John Hustler avoided going to jail for methamphetamine-related crimes after police failed to prove he had been selling the drug. The 38-year-old faced one…

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Thief’s goal hurts club

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THE Whakatane Football Club may be left with a $1000 bill after the theft of some of their goalposts. Club secretary Johnathon Smith said the…

Briefs

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Home invasion arrest POLICE have arrested a man in Rotorua after a late-night Kawerau home invasion on February 3. The occupants were held at gun…

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Court news – Police bust leaves man spitting mad

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WHEN police burst into his home and knocked over his eight-year-old daughter, Thomas Jason Manahi saw red and spat at an officer. In the Whakatane…

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SCIENCE: Trident High School students Elise Howe, Katelyn Goldsmith, Sarah Futter, Amy Williamson and Cameron Pilkinton has all benefited from science forums over the summer break. Photo supplied

Summer science experiences

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OVER the summer holiday break five Trident High School students traded the beach for experiences that encouraged their passion and enthusiasm for the sciences. In…

Childhood centres rebranded

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Anglican Care Waiapu is rebranding its early childhood centres Waiapu Kids. Anglican Care chief executive Peter O’Brien has announced the changes will take effect in…

Childhood centres rebranded

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Anglican Care Waiapu is rebranding its early childhood centres Waiapu Kids. Anglican Care chief executive Peter O’Brien has announced the changes will take effect in…

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A firefighter battles a bamboo blaze on Whakatane's Clif Road
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Cliff Road bamboo blaze

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TEAMS of rural and volunteer fire fighters have an Ohope scrub fire under control after it threatened two Cliff Road houses this afternoon. A sloping…

Car in harbour

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A DRIVER waded uninjured from his car after losing control as he drove through Ohope and ended up in the harbour. Ohope Volunteer Fire Brigade…

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Grape escape

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WHAKATANE senior firefighter Rik Tauroa puts water on a small fire near Thompson Crescent today. The Whakatane Volunteer Fire Brigade responded to a call at…

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SCENIC: Apanui saltmarsh on the Whakatane River is home to banded rails, bittern, white royal spoonbills, cormorants and heron.

World wetland trip prize on offer

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THE Eastern Bay has some of the most amazing wetlands and the Department of Conservation wants to encourage young people to visit the areas by…

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White-tailed spiders pose little risk

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AN increase in white-tailed spiders in the Eastern Bay is causing concern among residents but experts say the creatures pose little risk. With the warmer weather…

Lake Tarawera monitoring continues

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BAY of Plenty Regional Council is continuing to monitor the water in Lake Tarawera for the effects of blue-green algae. Earlier this month the council…

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Health warning issued for Lake Rotoehu

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A HEALTH warning has been issued for Lake Rotoehu as routine monitoring results provided by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council have confirmed a bloom…

Pregnancy transfers drop

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THE number of pregnant and post-natal mothers transferred from Whakatane Hospital to another medical facility dropped this year compared with the previous 12 months, saving…

EDUCATORS: Robyn Boocock and Di Watkins will deliver practical sessions for those who care for the dying.

Practical sessions for carers

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HOSPICE Eastern Bay is hosting a series of practical sessions for those who are, or soon will be, caring for someone in their last weeks…

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Praise for Kawerau gardens

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SUMMER flower beds around Kawerau have received positive comments from bother visitors and residents. Kawerau District Council heard about progress around the town’s parks and…

Security camera upgrade awaits funding approval

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UPGRADES to Kawerau’s security camera network are on hold while the Kawerau District Council awaits the result of two funding applications. Operations and services manager…

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Woodfest date change

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THE date for Kawerau’s 2015 Woodfest has shifted this year to entice school holiday visitors to the region and take advantage of improved spring weather.…

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Thank you to police

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A HUGE thank you to Eastern and Western Bay police for searching for and finding our uncle (Lewis Cure) who went missing. They kept us…

No path-sharing ethos

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KEVIN McComb’s letter regarding pedestrian-cyclist conflict on the Warren Cole Walkway is spot on. Similar concerns have been echoed amongst cyclists ever since the track…

People do not want to move here

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TONY Bonne repeats his mantra in Tuesday’s Bacon, “ … Whakatane is a great place to live and the council is determined to attract new…

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Maori trust steps into the future

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CONNECTING with 11,000 beneficial owners is an onerous task, but after 30 years at the helm of one of the Eastern Bay’s biggest Maori trusts,…

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Marae is always on my mind

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IF Louise Perrott won Lotto, she would be back living in Whakatane within a heartbeat and heading straight to Wairaka Marae, and she isn’t the…

Tuhoe youth head to Wellington

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MORE than 70 children at the centre of the Tuhoe terror raids have travelled to Wellington as the guests of the police. The young people,…

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Opotiki students stranded

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TWO Opotiki students had to find their own way home from their trade training course in Whakatane on Friday after a bus left without them.…

MEETING over pizza, the recently announced Opotiki College student leaders for 2015 include (left to right) Paulie Tai (deputy head boy), Tangiwai Tai-Takiari (deputy head girl) Indiana Carder-Dodd (arts), Tsian Heurea Kiel (cultural), Gabriella Costa (academic), Caitlin Papuni-McLellan (head girl), Tipene McPherson (head boy), Johnny Pene (culture), Kamryn Harrison (sports), Rhiannon Donkin (head of student council), Chavazz Collins (arts), Keegan Mio (arts) and Frank Ross (academic).
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Students plan for future

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LIFTING academic achievement, bonding the student body and creating a strong leadership culture are just some of the aspirations of Opotiki College student leaders this…

Parts of Opotiki considered extremely dry

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NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) has named Opotiki as an area with hotspot pockets where soil moisture levels are extremely drier than…

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DEBATE: David Law and King Farmer Services owner Steve King discuss the steps required to turn this dairy farm effluent pond from an anaerobic state to aerobic.

Dairy effluent breakthrough

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WAIKATO farm consultant David Law believes he has just the solution to an age-old dairy farm problem – the crust on top of dairy effluent…

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Diet of utmost importance

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DIET is of prime importance for the health of miniature horses, according to the owner of these two. Owner Kaylene Metcalfe, seen here with daughter…

Cow barns under scrutiny

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THE Otakiri owner of a huge cow barn says much more time is needed to study the benefits of such barns. Grieve Road dairy farmer…

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HAMMER: Vanessa Sercombe watches as Oliver Norman uses a giant wood hammer to pound a stick into the ground for their sculpture. 
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Turning driftwood into masterpieces [+ Video]

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EIGHT keen sculpting teams constructed wood masterpieces on Waiotahi Beach on Friday. The teams had two hours to create a sculpture using driftwood and other…

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Wainui Road claims another vehicle

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A MAN walked away from a car crash on a corner of Wainui Road today with minor scratches. His upturned BMW was flattened during the…

ON STAGE: Louise Allen, representing runner-up Dominique Bonne, Anjali Glory (second runner-up), Nadia Tauroa, Rachel Adams and winner Paige Haddock pose for the crowds at the Berry Festival in Whakatane.                                                         Photo Troy Baker D1554-106

No contest for new queen + video

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PAIGE Haddock reckons she has gained a few more friends since she was crowned this year’s Berry Queen after raising a record $11,000 for the…