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Woman airlifted after fall

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THE Rotorua based BayTrust Rescue helicopter was dispatched to a house near the township of Ruatahuna,  located in the Urewera National Park, at approximately 1.45pm Sunday afternoon A 58…

Anne Tolley, 
(National)

Tolley wins third term

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ROWS of blue balloons and glasses of bubbles welcomed in the beginning of Anne Tolley’s third term as the East Coast’s MP. Forty people raised…

SEPTIC waste treatment operations at the Opotiki Wastewater Treatment Plant have been the focus of four complaints from the public. Photos supplied

Spills end sewage experiment

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OPOTIKI District Council has abandoned a trial with a septic tank contractor because of complaints from the public about operations at the town’s oxidation pond,…

Tony Bonne,
Whakatane mayor

New car for Whakatane Mayor

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AFTER years of using his own car, Whakatane mayor Tony Bonne is to receive a ratepayer-funded vehicle. The council has unanimously agreed to provide him…

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New police recruit collars first criminal

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April is the Beacon’s 75th anniversary month and in each issue we will be running a story from the paper’s archives from April. This story…

Beauty pageant back on again

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From the BEACON ARCHIVES THE misses have voted it a hit – so the Miss Whakatane beauty pageant is back on again. Organisers feared the pageant…

CUTTING THE CAKE: Helen and Philippa Spring, cut the Beacon’s 75th birthday cake. 
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Beacon celebrates 75 years

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The Beacon celebrated its 75th birthday on Monday night by hosting readers, advertisers, current and ex-staff at a special anniversary function. Held at the Te…

More in business »business

CBD geotech study to start next week

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AN important geotechnical study of the ground conditions in Whakatane’s central business district is set to begin next week. The work is part of a…

EBET looks at rebates for consumers

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THE Eastern Bay Energy Trust (EBET) has set aside $700,000 for distribution to its beneficiaries, but details of how and when this will happen have…

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House demolished for motel

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AN old stucco-style house at 186 Commerce Street has been demolished to make way for a 22-unit motel. Developer Mark Ross said the building consent…

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CBD geotech study to start next week

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AN important geotechnical study of the ground conditions in Whakatane’s central business district is set to begin next week. The work is part of a…

Tony Bonne,
Whakatane mayor

Mayor Talk – Rating surplus great news

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THE achievement of a rating surplus for the third year in a row is great news on a number of levels for ratepayers in the…

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Newest car park to accommodate 107 parking spaces

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FORMAL development of Whakatane’s newest car park will begin early next year. Whakatane District Council staff have been investigating different configurations for the vacant site…

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Court news – Drink driving mum three times over

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A WHAKATANE mother who drove with a “shockingly high” alcohol level and stole the wallet of a sleeping man has begun an eight-month home detention…

Court news – Domestic assault ‘totally wrong’

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JUDGE Louis Bidois called a 19-year-old Whakatane man’s actions “totally wrong” after he appeared in Whakatane District Court for assaulting his female partner. Christoper Biddle…

Court news – Father-figure jailed for childhood abuse

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A PACKED Whakatane District Court heard about the impact of childhood sexual abuse on one woman as she read a victim impact statement to her…

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ARMED police cordoned off Whakatane streets after reports of a man behaving suspiciously with a firearm. He was arrested without incident and will face firearm and drug charges. Photo Troy Baker D1085-23

Cordon lifted following arrest

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AN armed police cordon surrounding the Salonika Street area has been lifted. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Yvonne Parker said the situation was resolved and police…

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Gunman alert

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Police are urging people to stay away from the Salonika Street area while they search for a man spotted with a fire arm. Road blocks…

GROWING SENTENCE: Police arrested the person in this photograph during a house search in Paul Street, Whakatane, last week. The man, who was serving a home detention sentence, has been charged with growing cannabis.                        Photo supplied

Gang crackdown continues

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THE police search of a suspected gang house last week uncovered a man allegedly growing cannabis at the address while he served home detention. Whakatane…

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NEW START: Matata St Joseph’s students Ruby Beach, Willow Brady, Hariata Cliffe and Kimberley Pickering with their new teacher, Deborah Eve. Photo Troy Baker D1065-04

New beginnings for Catholic school

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MATATA St Joseph’s School is not the same school it was a year ago. New staff, new students, a new board of trustees and a…

ONLINE: Customer services officer Fran Payne helps Murupara Area School children access digital information online using the free Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa computers. Photo supplied

Library and school working together

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THE Murupara Library and Service Centre has made four of its seven computers available to Murupara Area School students during term 3 and term 4…

CHAMPION: Whakatane Quota president Judith Read presents Edgecumbe College deputy head girl Eva Gilchrist with the 2014 community champion award.                                                                                                                                  Photo Troy Baker D0164-06

Edgecumbe student wins community champion award

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EVA Gilchrist has never let cerebral palsy hold her back, actively involving herself in every aspect of school life. Her strength and perseverance has been…

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Concern ignored and cancer misdiagnosed

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A BOWEL cancer survivor misdiagnosed at Whakatane Hospital two years ago considered laying an official complaint at the time but decided against it for personal…

PASSPORT PLEASE: Sandy Cunningham with the New Zealand passport he possesses but does not think he should have to show to receive treatment at Whakatane Hospital. 
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Scot wary about showing passport to health provider

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RETIRED builder Sandy Cunningham has taken issue with Whakatane Hospital demands to see his passport before providing treatment. Mr Cunningham, originally from Glasgow, Scotland, has…

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Hitting the road for the blind foundation

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SOME people do one marathon – just to prove they can do it. For MC Roache, who took up running five years ago when she…

More in kawerau-news »kawerau-news

Kawerau footpath upgrade

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THE ongoing commitment to improving Kawerau’s footpaths and drainage continues with sections of cracked concrete along Gordon and Jervois streets replaced last month. Operations and…

MID DIG: Last year’s Big Dig winners Hubbard Razorbacks battle Riteway Diggerz during this year’s final on Sunday at Kawerau Woodfest. Photo Troy Baker D1074-068.

Chip-slinging good time at Woodskills

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A FALLING shovel and a dash to the finish line drew gasps from the crowd watching Kawerau’s Big Dig final on Sunday afternoon. The woodchip…

Peter Christophers,
Kawerau council's finance and corporate services manager

Stalled museum project back on

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KAWERAU’S stalled museum project is back on track after Kawerau District Council agreed to spend an estimated $350,000 to develop its Jellicoe Court buildings. At…

More in letters »letters

Citizenship and surgery

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TWO items in the September 10 Beacon struck a chord with me. Sandy Cunningham being asked to produce his passport to access public hospital services…

Flipping the bird lunacy

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HOW quickly we forget. Our island nation has only once in modern times been exposed to a direct military threat. That was in 1942-43 when…

Greed one of the sins

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I OWN a rental property.  It is a new three bedroom home with an eight- by six-metre garage-workshop. It is on a large, 750-square-metre section. My tenants pay…

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Professor Graham Graham Smith,
Te Whare o Awanuiarangi chief executive

Wananga boss calling it quits

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FOR all the honorifics and letters after his name, Graham Te Hingagaroa Smith is reluctant to talk about his achievements and success. Dr Smith is the…

Sir Wira Gardiner,
Ngati Awa kaumatua

Ngati Awa financial arm ordered to front up to next meeting

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NGATI Awa’s financial arm has been ordered to front up to the tribe’s next governance meeting after declining a request to increase the amount of…

BACK HOME: Pouwhare Te Maipi takes back the taiaha Rongokarae, gifted to Premier Richard Seddon in 1894 and returned to Tuhoe by his family on Friday. Photo Troy Baker D0996-217

Flags exchanged at Tuhoe apology

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A FLAG taken from Maungapohatu to be used as evidence of sedition on the part of Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana was returned to the iwi…

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JARED Gullett hopes to showcase Opotiki’s unique attributes in a positive way through the film. Photo Tarere Thatcher OB8512

Film-making skills put to good use

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PART-TIME theatre employee Jared Gullett is excited at the prospect of producing his first short film to play on an international stage next year. Mr…

Opotiki council chief executive
Aileen Lawrie

End in sight to Waiotahi debate

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DEBATE about how to correctly spell Waiotahi has been re-ignited. The New Zealand Geographic Board has launched a public consultation on changes to 18 geographic…

THIS satellite photograph shows Opotiki’s oxidation pond, east of the town’s harbour entrance. Google image

Fix sewage treatment before harbour plea

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OPOTIKI District Council should concentrate on sorting out the town’s infrastructure instead of building a new harbour and wharf, according to one resident. Geoff Nash…

More in rural »rural

Projects to boost high-value food exports

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TWO projects that will help maintain the quality of fresh fruit and vegetables during transit have received funds in the latest government science investment round.…

Global dairy glut cuts earnings

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FONTERRA has issued an earnings warning while forecasting continued strength in global milk production and dairy exports. In an update to the New Zealand stock…

TEA BREAK: Buyers at the Charwell Hereford’s stud’s bull sale last week escape the wet conditions for a cup of tea. 
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Successful Manawahe bull sale

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A SHORTAGE of beef-cross animals has been predicted in the future due to the increasing number of dairy farmers using dairy bulls to service cows…

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MID DIG: Last year’s Big Dig winners Hubbard Razorbacks battle Riteway Diggerz during this year’s final on Sunday at Kawerau Woodfest. Photo Troy Baker D1074-068.

Chip-slinging good time at Woodskills

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A FALLING shovel and a dash to the finish line drew gasps from the crowd watching Kawerau’s Big Dig final on Sunday afternoon. The woodchip…

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Bulls attract strong interest

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THE annual Charwell Hereford Stud bull auction attracted its usual strong buyer following on Wednesday. Farmers from throughout the Eastern Bay, Rotorua and the Western…

WINNER: Earthart Landscaping was judged the best stall at the Beacon Business and Leisure Show during the weekend. D1024-045

Business show builds on its popularity

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IF visitor numbers were a measure of the success and popularity of the Beacon Business and Leisure Show in the weekend, then the show excelled.…