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Chathams airline seals deal


IT’S official – Air Chathams is the Eastern Bay’s new airline although it may not be flying into Whakatane Airport under that name. The airline…


Return to school road safety


POLICE are asking Eastern Bay drivers to slow down around schools as hundreds of children and teenagers return from summer holidays this week. Whakatane police…

More in business »business

Bay of Plenty rental index rises against national trend


TRADE Me’s latest property rental price index shows the national median rent remained unchanged at $400 per week for the fifth consecutive month, but the…

Waiotahi lays off 21 staff


EASTERN Bay contractors are facing up to tough times with one large business laying off employees and another narrowly avoiding redundancies. Waiotahi Contractors has reduced its…

Oji plans Kawerau mill initiatives


OJI Oceania, the Japanese company that has bought Carter Holt Harvey Pulp and Paper, including the Tasman pulp mill at Kawerau, wants to expand its…

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New carpark, work to begin


USERS of the gravelled car park area on the corner of O’Rourke Place and Pyne Street, in Whakatane, will need to find an alternative for…

Whakatane Airport

Council picks a favourite flyer


AN announcement will be made in the New Year about Whakatane District Council’s preferred successor to Air New Zealand at Whakatane Airport. Following the national…

Shuffle brings leadership changes


WHAKATANE District Council has ended the year with a reshuffle, resulting in a change in departments and leadership. A re-organisation of its planning activities has…

More in court-news »court-news

Paroled killer jailed again


An Opotiki man on parole for the manslaughter of Whakatane man Hawea Vercoe has been jailed for eight months after breaching his release conditions and…

Court news – Jail for scaring partner with knife


JUDGE Thomas Ingram had no option but to send Rangiaho Tumoana Taipeti to jail after he forced his girlfriend to lie on the bed and…

Court news – Weight used in assault


A WHAKATANE man who broke into a house and assaulted the occupant with a 10 kilogram weight has been sentenced to home detention. Ryan Maitai,…

More in crime »crime

Wanted men


EASTERN Bay police are looking for three men, wanted on driving related charges and for breaching their sentences. Senior Sergeant Yvonne Parker said there was…


Theft to fund addiction


POLICE discovered a stolen Xbox console and games during a search of a teenager’s home this week. Whakatane police acting Detective Senior Sergeant Darren Thomas…

Sexual assault charges


A 17-YEAR-OLD youth will appear in Whakatane District Court today charged with burglary, assault with intent to rape and indecent assault. Whakatane police acting Senior…

More in education »education

Norah Schreiber,
James Street School principal

James Street School scores a bronze


WHAKATANE’S James Street School has become the latest school in the Eastern Bay to achieve a bronze accreditation award as part of the health promoting…

Nursing degree for Whakatane


WANT a rewarding career helping people with their health needs? Well, you don’t have to leave Whakatane anymore. Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi has been…

SCIENCE SCHOOL: Jessica Aldridge (Whakatane High School), Gabriella Costa (Opotiki College) and Sarah Futter (Trident High School) attended the Hill Laboratories Waikato Science Summer School at the University of Waikato. Photo supplied

Science summer school hit with students


TWO students from Whakatane and another from Opotiki took a leap back in time last week to explore the science and engineering marvels on show…

More in emergency-services »emergency-services

MANGLED: The motorcycle after the crash. Photos Sven Carlsson OB1029-02

Motorcyclist airlifted after Opape crash


A MOTORCYCLIST was airlifted to hospital following a serious crash near Opape, east of Opotiki, on Friday morning. In the crash, which took place shortly…


Tirohanga crash leaves one in hospital


  A MOTORBIKE rider received serious head and abdominal injuries after a collision with a car on State Highway 35 near Tirohanga this morning. Tauranga…

Petrol burns man


A 24-YEAR-OLD Murupara man was flown to Waikato Hospital on Monday with burns to his legs, hands and torso after burning rubbish. Rotorua BayTrust Rescue…

More in environment-news »environment-news

Sulphur Bay 2 -1

Anchor spat ends in briny


AN old anchor recently rediscovered could be lost again forever after it was returned to the ocean in an attempt to avoid a spat with…

LOSS: Many people were left with heavy hearts after a pod of 20 whales stranded at Ohiwa in November

Silver lining from whale stranding


THEY say that for every dark cloud there is always a silver lining and it seems that it is true, even in the case of…

RAPID BREEDING: With warmer weather and good grass growth rabbit numbers have increased.

Rabbit population irrupts


WHAKATANE’S bunny population has been breeding like, well, rabbits. The number of the Leporidae has exploded over the past few months with the warmer weather…

More in health »health

Pre-uni jabs recommended


IF you are preparing to head off to university or other tertiary study, now is a good time to check your immunisation status, Toi Te…

Swimmer’s itch warning sounded


SWIMMERS are being advised to exercise caution when swimming in shallow water following two reports at the south end of Lake Taupo to public health…

RAW MILK: Aneta Burt-Williams and Jaydah Smith with raw milk available from the farm gate at Produce Patch, near Matata. Photo Louis Klaassen D1575-07

Raw milk like no udder


REGULATIONS governing the future of New Zealand’s raw milk market are under review, but as officials draft these changes interest in the product grows. The…

More in kawerau-news »kawerau-news

CLEAN OUT: Kawerau Swimming Club members remove the sign from the clubrooms when they cleared the building for removal this month. 
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Kawerau clubrooms on the move


AFTER 30 years of housing Kawerau’s swimming club the two-storey clubrooms are leaving the pool complex to make way for a $700,000 upgrade. The building,…

Kawerau trails unit alteration


THE trust managing Kawerau’s Mountain View Rest Home has appealed to Kawerau District Council for funding to alter pensioner units in an effort to attract…

Summer fun in Kawerau


PLENTY of activities are on offer around Kawerau to fill in the last weeks of the summer holidays. Manna Support Services community development officer Bob…

More in letters »letters

Circus no place for animals


I WAS quite surprised at the comment of Ms Kiff, Aotearoa Circus,  saying “ Unfortunately there are no animals in the circus other than a pet…

Water fountain would enhance new plaza


FROM the time that the new pedestrian plaza was opened on The Strand it has visually bugged me that there is this huge blank wall…

Naming the new pedestrian plaza


I WHOLEHEARTEDLY support David Dowd’s straight talking criticisms (Beacon, January 21) of senior Whakatane District Council staff and councillors abdicating their responsibilities about naming the…

More in maori-affairs »maori-affairs

Maori language impasse for beneficiary


MAUI Te Pou wants to use te reo Maori when he attends his regular meetings at the Work and Income office in Whakatane. While the…

Occupation at Matata to be discussed


TO occupy or not – that is the question that will be faced by the owners of the Matata 6a Trust when they meet to…

Aroha Mead, 
Victoria University
senior lecturer

Mechanism put in place – Helping save the world


A MECHANISM that pays homage to Whakatane roots is being used to settle conflicts in Thailand, Indonesia and Kenya. The Whakatane Mechanism is a conflict…

More in opotiki-news »opotiki-news

JOHN Reedy, Deanna Sullivan and Joyann Onekawa do what they can to raise their spirits following the destruction of Mr Reedy and Ms Sullivan’s homestead – and the Opotiki community has been of great assistance. Photo Sven Carlsson OB1023-01

Opotiki aids Tuai fire victims


A COUPLE whose house burned to the ground at the beginning of December is receiving support from the Opotiki community. Deanna Sullivan and John Reedy…

Opotiki man claims Lotto car win


AN Opotiki man will be driving in style after winning an Audi S5 Coupe with Lotto’s “Make Summer Last Forever” promotion. The winner heard the…

WHILE the Otara Bridge has an “open plan” arrangement and plenty of fresh air, actually living under a bridge is both unhealthy and unsafe.
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Bridges house poverty stricken


OPOTIKI’S two bridges do not only carry traffic, they also provide emergency shelter for the town’s homeless. Opotiki business owners and social workers say there…

More in rural »rural


Opotiki carrier cuts fuel cost factor


FARMERS say there should be lower farm input costs due to slumping fuel costs, but Opotiki carrier Robert monk says they are already getting relief…

Josh Macdonald,
Young Farmer contestant

Young farmer to sharpen skills


FORMER Opotiki herd assistant Josh Macdonald is sharpening his skills for the regional finals of the New Zealand Young Farmer contest next month. Mr Macdonald,…


Irrigation – hot topic for seminar


WITH pastures drying up and demand for irrigation rising, farmers and orchardists throughout the region have the perfect opportunity early next month to learn how…

More in video »video

HAMMER: Vanessa Sercombe watches as Oliver Norman uses a giant wood hammer to pound a stick into the ground for their sculpture. 

Turning driftwood into masterpieces [+ Video]


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…


Wainui Road claims another vehicle


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


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…