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OUTDOORS MAN: Bill Wycherley, a keen hunter, fisher and outdoorsman, died on Friday. 
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Outdoors man takes his final shot


WHAKATANE’S former emergency services manager Bill Wycherley has died while hunting at Taneatua. Mr Wycherley, a passionate hunter, fisher, camper and lover of the outdoors,…

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Success down south


THE Beacon returned with three top prizes from the annual Community Newspaper Association awards, held in Queenstown on Friday and Saturday. For the sixth and…

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Blue line turns pink


PINK was the colour of the day on Friday, with hundreds of matching shirts handed out around Whakatane to show support for victims of bullying.…

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Former regional councillor dies


FORMER Bay of Plenty regional councillor Bryan Riesterer died on Saturday. Mr Riesterer, an accountant and orchardist who had a long career in local government,…

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Kawerau mayor

Kawerau comfortable with tyres


DESPITE doubts about the validity of a tyre-shedding plant proposed for Kawerau, the town’s mayor is confident the council’s position is secure. Mayor Malcolm Campbell…

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Kawerau leads recovery


A SPILL-OVER effect from the Auckland housing market boom is being felt in the Eastern Bay, with the Kawerau market receiving the strongest boost. That…

Site for tyre recycling plant not yet settled


A SITE for the proposed Ecoversion tyre shredding plant in Kawerau has not been finalised but the woman behind the business said the location should…

PROUD TEAM: Winning two prestigious awards at New Zealand’s premier boat show has given the team at Extreme Boats plenty to smile about. Photo Keith Melville 

More accolades for boat builders


A RANGE of new features on Extreme Boats aluminium fishing boats paid off for the Whakatane business in the weekend when it picked up two…

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Whakatane residents asked to complete broadband survey


THE Whakatane District Council is seeking community input via a simple survey to help secure some of the $360 million in Government funding available to…

WINNER: Pictured with the ALGIM supreme winner website award and a range of the devices which can access the Whakatane District Council website are (from left): Nicola Dobson, Paul Allington, Stephen O’Leary, Chris Rawson, Brian Elliott, Casey Box, Julian Reweti, Justin McGeough, Ross Boreham and Sarah Travers. Photo supplied

Council website tops national ranking


THE Whakatane District Council’s website ( has been rated the best of the 78 local government websites evaluated by the Association of Local Government Information…

Proposed plan changes have no rating impact


WITH a bit of juggling, Whakatane District Council has managed to reduce the average rates increase in the district ever so slightly to 3.21 percent.…

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Court news – Jail for burning family home


HUGH Tutawake Turuwhenua was sentenced to two years and five months in jail for the arson of his brother’s Matahi Valley Road home on October…

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Court news – Back in court after seven-year absence


AFTER not being in trouble with the law for more than seven years, Jackson Tyler Gerrard was back in court charged with three counts of…

Court news – No conviction for man with French fashion dreams


A WHAKATANE man hoping to work in the French fashion industry was discharged without conviction when he appeared in the Whakatane District Court for sentence…

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POISON SURIVORS: Two-year-old Shetland Sheepdogs Poppy and Vinny were quieter than usual after eating tainted meat earlier this month. 
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Dogs thrown tainted meat


A ROTTEN smell lingered in the front yard of an Awatapu couple’s property for days after meat contaminated with a toxic cleaner was thrown over…

Weekend burglary


A MERRITT Street property was the target of a daytime burglary on Sunday when a DVD, Freeview box and jewellery were taken. Whakatane police Senior…

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Wanted by police


POLICE are looking for 19-year-old Whakatane man James Whitinui, who also uses the last name Paterson. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Yvonne Parker said a warrant…

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KIWI STATUE: Naylah Turei, Khiarna Williams, Aaria Williams and Te Mana Pouri create a human statue representing New Zealand. Photos Troy Baker D2095-07

Youth week quiz challenge


LOLLY art and human statues were some of the challenges facing students competing in a Youth Week interschool quiz at Whakatane Intermediate yesterday. Whakatane Bluelight…

TAKE A STAND: Whakatane High School students are hoping to raise $15,000 for the children of Bangladesh, who are the recipients of this year’s World Vision 40 Hour Famine. Photo Neryda McNabb D2086-03

40-hour sacrifice time again


THERE will be no lying down for Whakatane High School student Dieter von Beck this weekend. The 17-year-old is taking the “Take a Stand” theme…

NEPAL: Ohope couple Felicity Holden and Jarle Raimon talk to Ohope Beach School children about their volunteer work in earthquake-devastated Nepal. Photos Troy Baker D2028-05

Ohope couple will continue to work in Nepal


USUALLY, Felicity Holden and Jarle Raimon are living in Nepal at this time of year, volunteering in the remote rural villages of Ashrang. The Ohope…

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Woman serious but stable


A 49-year-old woman was in a serious but stable condition in Rotorua Hospital yesterday after her vehicle left the road in the Waioeka Gorge, south…

Pair winched from yacht


TWO sailors were winched to safety off the coast of Cape Runaway on Sunday after issuing a distress call when their boat began taking on…

Severe weather cuts power


WILD weather last week cut power to some Eastern Bay areas. Horizon Energy operations manager Jan Cronje said the severe weather caused customers to lose…

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Lake Tarawera restoration plan


A PLAN to restore water quality in Lake Tarawera has just been released for public input. The Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme has released the…

LETHAL ACTION: Members of the Nukuhou Saltmarsh Care Group with their 1000 pest celebration cake. Group leaders Stuart and Margaret Slade are in blue in the middle. 
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Saltmarsh trapping accounts for 1000 pests


FINDING unusual plants, or hearing a strange new bird call, has been a regular occurrence for the Nukuhou Saltmarsh Care Group, but an Easter Sunday…


Bee-keepers collect Ohope swarm


LAURIE Patterson says he was inundated by phone calls from people wanting to take the swarm of bees that made a home in his feijoa…

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Beca shines at national awards


BECA’S Whakatane Hospital project management team is the proud recipient of the Project Management Team of the Year Award. The accolade was announced at the…

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Paediatrician wins Australasian award


A WHAKATANE paediatrician says the prestigious Australasian award for services to rural medicine he has won is a reflection of teamwork rather than individual accomplishment.…

GLUTEN FREE: Whakatane’s Tessa Bushell is one of 65,000 New Zealanders with coeliac disease, which requires a gluten-free diet. 
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Not fussy, gluten intolerant


FOR years Tessa Bushell was unaware her digestive problems had a name. The Whakatane woman can remember knowing as a child that some foods did…

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Old wharf shed repairs


I HOPE the council and harbour board have got something pretty good lined up to replace the old wharf shed. This is about the only…

Opotiki’s new mussel farm


IT’S great to see Opotiki doing something to get some employment and the town up and running. Pity our council didn’t have a bit more…

Holiday pack for Beacon readers


A FRIEND of mine has just told me about the Beacon’s holiday pack service. She is a famous Whakatane identity. She had been away for a month…

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Maori engagement 101


WHAKATANE District Council’s cultural training couldn’t have come any sooner. During the same week it was reprimanded by the Environment Court for not consulting adequately,…

OLD CONNECTIONS: Ngati Awa deputy chief Pouroto Ngaropo at One Tree Hill in Auckland during one of the tribe’s seminars. 
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Ngati Awa reconnects with the north


NGATI Awa people will help re-inter a number of bones that have fallen from their final resting place in the Kaipara Harbour when they travel…

HANGING AROUND: Hera Mitchell, Maringi Baker, Roland Wetini and Blair Davidson install the Colin McCahon painting in its new home, Te Kura Whare, Taneatua. Photo Troy Baker D2025-10

Tuhoe to display McCahon


ONE of New Zealand’s most controversial paintings has found a new home in the bosom of the land that inspired its creation. This week the…

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Organisers amped for Big 3


THE Opotiki Big 3 organising committee is revving up and keen to start this year’s Queen’s Birthday Weekend competition. Spokeswoman Sarah Sullivan said the committee…

LABOUR LEADER Andrew Little presents Caitlin with the Gallipoli medal, awarded to her ancestor Kurei Papuni. Photo supplied

Special delivery for Caitlin – War medal makes it to Gallipoli


BACK from Turkey after the Gallipoli commemorations, the Papuni-McLellan family is one war medal and several experiences richer. Caitlin Papuni-McLellan said delivering her award-winning speech…

Waioeka River ‘on fire’


THE Eastern Bay’s Waioeka River is listed among the “on fire” rivers that Fish and Game says are settling into their spawning runs. Eastern Fish…

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Missing items await owners


WHAKATANE police have a collection of missing items waiting at the Boon Street station for owners to collect, including children’s toys and jewellery. Whakatane police…


Two separate road deaths


A PERSON is dead following a car accident on State Highway 30, near Kope Drain Road, Whakatane, shortly after 9pm on Saturday night. The death…

Police are investigating an unexplained death at Omaio, 40km east of Opotiki

Unexplained death at Omaio


  POLICE have confirmed a man has died in mysterious circumstances at Omaio, 40 kilometres east of Opotiki. An investigation has been launched into the cause…

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SCHOLAR: Above left Benjamin Howard receives the Farmax Scholarship from Farmax general manager Gavin McEwen.Photo supplied

Whakatane students win Massey scholarships


TWO Massey University students both raised in Whakatane, Cameron Houston and Benjamin Howard have each one a new Massey University scholarship, together worth $6000 a…

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Huge growth at Edgecumbe College


INTEREST in agricultural science is growing at Edgecumbe College – and so is the size of the cultivated vegetables. During the past 18 months the…

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Whakatane accountant

Lower livestock values creates tax opportunities


ACCOUNTANTS say the latest national average market values for livestock, announced by Inland Revenue Department this month, presents an opportunity for dairy farmers to reassess…

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Kawerau mayor

Kawerau remains open to plant


PUMPING Matata’s wastewater to Kawerau is an option again now a consent to build a wastewater treatment plant at Matata has been overturned by the…

YOUTH COUNCIL: The 2014 Kawerau youth council after the swearing in ceremony, the back row are Costan Regga, Kami Cooper, Kurt McClutchie, Keesha King, Joel King-Hazel, Rose Perese McClutchie, Iraia Nuku, Bless Maxwell, and Youth Coordinator JJ Rika; front row, Hohia Heurea, Leo Bicknell, Princess Elliot, Saphyrra van Gulick Delamere, Taylor van Gulick, Corrina Ngatoro, Radhika Dahya. Photo supplied

Maintenance a long-term priority


MAINTENANCE was a hot topic for residents during Kawerau District Council’s long-term plan submissions at an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday. The council considered 60 submissions…

Proposed pool makes waves


SUBMITTERS to Kawerau’s 2015-25 long-term plan were divided over a second swimming pool for the town’s Maurie Kjar Memorial Swimming Pool Complex. Some saw a…