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THE Whakaatu Whanaunga team dressed up for the occasion and say the Rising Stars Youth Awards Night is a winner for the community.

Young rising stars honoured


A BRAINWAVE to acknowledge positive work among Opotiki’s youth is catching on, with scores of people impressed by Whakaatu Whanaunga Trust’s initiative and wanting to…

Derek Spratt,
Bay of Plenty Rural Support Trust

Farmers consider cost cutting


LARGE end-of-year tax bills faced by dairy farmers will compound their financial woes as they wait for a pay-out, which some commentators and farm advisers…

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Kiwis – wear your lifejackets


KIWI Boy is ready for a day out on the water. As the statue on the Warren Cole Walkway continued his check of weather conditions…

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Seafarm now fully Opotiki-owned


A SHARE buy-out has been completed preparing the way for more work on the Opotiki sea farm, and for planning the development of Opotiki harbour…

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Focus turn on supermarket upgrade


WORK on the Pak’n Save upgrade has progressed to an area where a covered pedestrian canopy will be built so shoppers can load their vehicles…

Refrigeration company for Horizon subsidiary


EASTERN Bay power lines company Horizon Energy has boosted its diversification strategy through its wholly owned subsidiary, Aquaheat New Zealand, buying a Christchurch refrigeration business.…

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SULLIVAN LAKE CARE GROUP MEMBERS: (rear) Myra Moon, Mau-reen Morgan, Chris Bullen, Fay Robertson, Alan Leith and Lynore Craig; (front) Joan Godfrey, Ian Lawson and Graeme Watt.  Photo supplied

Mayor Talk – Sullivan Lake care group a great model


ON Monday, I met members of the Sullivan Lake Care Group for morning tea beside the lake and a mutual catch-up on progress with improvements…

Murupara pool opens with party


THE  Murupara Pool will open for the summer season on Saturday with a “Pool Party” open day. The pool will open to the public from…

ISSUES NOTED: Alexander Avenue businesspeople Robin Butt and Maree Allen use sticky note paper to identify issues and solutions in the Wainui Te Whara Stream catchments. Photo supplied

Tension at flood meeting


ENGINEERS are looking 100 years into the future as they attempt to solve flooding issues related to the Wainui Te Whara Stream in Whakatane. Affected…

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Court – Threats taken seriously


AN angry call to an insurance company landed an Eastern Bay man in the Whakatane District Court last Wednesday after he threatened to kill and…

Court – Fisheries officers barked at


TWO men have apologised to a fisheries officer for refusing to come ashore for an inspection. The two Opotiki men, Gregory Alexander Reed and Tony…

Court – Pistol mix up


DEAN Rangiera Ronald Rongonui claimed pistols discovered at his home during a police search were part of a hunting mix up. He pleaded guilty to…

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Outboard thieves about


NINE outboard motors have been stolen from the Whakatane River area in the past year. Five were taken during a single burglary on the Whakatane…

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Arson charge after second Waimana fire


POLICE have charged a 25-year-old man with arson after a fire yesterday afternoon gutted an isolated Matahi Valley Road property. Detective Sergeant Anthony Hay said…

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Wanted man


WHAKATANE police and the Department of Corrections are looking for 33-year-old Wayne Kiri. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Yvonne Parker said police had issued an arrest…

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SPELLER: Reilley Donner-Valois

Wise word stumps star speller


SAGACIOUS was the word that threw 15-year-old Reilly Donner-Valois at the national secondary school Spelling Bee over the weekend. The Trident High School student was…

SPELLER: Reilley Donner-Valois

Spelling star off to nationals


TRIDENT High School student Reilly Donner-Valois is off to Wellington to battle some of the longest, most puzzling words in the English language this weekend.…

BRIGHT SPARK: Jonathan Everett with his remote-controlled model yacht. File photo

Teen inventor a bright spark


YOUNG Ohope inventor Jonathan Everett has been selected as a finalist for Bright Sparks 2014 for the second year running. After pedalling his way into…

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Missing hunter found


A 50-year-old Mt Maunganui man was airlifted out of the bush near Gisborne early this morning after being reported missing earlier in the day by…

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BURNT OUT:  This is the second house on Matahi Valley Road destroyed by fire in four days

Second house destroyed by fire


A WAIMANA house was gutted by fire today. Four fire engines attended the blaze on Matahi Valley Road, near the intersection with Parau Road, after…

Fire destroys Matahi house


FIRE engulfed an isolated Matahi Valley Road home on Sunday afternoon before the closest volunteer fire brigade could arrive. All five occupants escaped safely before…

Severe quake in Bay


A TUESDAY evening earthquake north-east of Whakatane was felt as far away as Wellington. The 5.12pm earthquake was classed as “severe” on the GeoNet website…

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STRONG SMELLING: Privet’s small white flowers are very sweet smelling, but not the cause of hay-fever symptoms.

Privet blameless – grass the culprit


IS your asthma playing up? Or maybe you have a strange rash? Or perhaps it is the occasional bout of sneezing? Well, don’t be so…

Older Kiwis taking their own lives a month after visit to GP


A STUDY has found that older New Zealanders committing suicide often visited their doctors one month before taking their lives. The research presented at the…

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Coast man flown to hospital


The Tauranga based Trustpower TECT Rescue helicopter was dispatched to Waihau Bay on Monday where a 68 year old Hicks Bay man had been treated…

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Young achievers awarded


PREPARATIONS have begun for Kawerau’s 2014 Young Achievers awards to honour the town’s youngest and brightest residents. Events and community activities team leader Lee Barton…

99.4pc of dogs registered in Kawerau


ALMOST all Kawerau’s dogs have been registered for this year. Kawerau District Council’s regulatory and services committee considered the area’s dog registration figures on Tuesday.…

Community groups award grants


KAWERAU’S Mountain View Rest Home has $3000 to put toward its mural project thanks to Kawerau District Council’s community grants scheme. Mountain View was one…

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Americanisation of Godzone


BECAUSE I’ve been known to trash things American, I’m sometimes taken to be anti-Yank. Not so. There’s lots I like about the US. Baseball. Daily…

High standards appreciated


RECENTLY it was necessary for me to attend Whakatane Hospital’s accident and emergency department every eight hours over a period of two days. Because of…

Put ratepayers before tourism


WE wish to thank your reporter Neryda McNabb for her balanced and fair reporting of the recent flood meeting. We also publicly thank councillor Andrew…

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Wira Gardiner, 
Ngati Awa Group Holdings outgoing chairman

Sir Wira’s tribal allegiance unshaken


THE outgoing chairman of Ngati Awa’s financial arm wished circumstances that prompted his resignation had been handled better, but says the experience has not tarnished…

New chairman for Ngati Rangitihi


LEITH Comer is Te Mana o Ngati Rangitihi Trust’s new chairman. Mr Comer was elected chairman by fellow trustees at a meeting this week. He…

Tamati Kruger,
Te Uru Taumatua chairman

Tuhoe grows economic capacity


TUHOE is shaping up as one of the heavy hitters in the Bay of Plenty economy. The tribe unveiled a net worth of $250 million…

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KUTARERE School students Ru Tahuri Te Pai, Samuel Aramoana, George Ahiao, Chance Parekura, Dennis Manuel, Tiare Hudson, Tahana Bennett, Courtney Maui, Maria Melbourne and Ngaroma Bennett are travelling to Washington DC in July next year to rub shoulders with other artistic children from all over the world. Photo Sven Carlsson OB895-01

Kutarere to Washington return


TEN Kutarere School students are preparing to travel to the United States to attend a children’s art and education festival. Principal Susan Lee said the…

OPOTIKI SPCA animal welfare inspector Kathleen Young with German wirehaired pointer cross Rose, whose recovery from a bad infection has been paid for by generous New Zealanders. 
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Social media helps save Rose


THE power of social media has saved a severely-ill German wirehaired pointer cross from death through malnourishment and injury. The page Help Rose Live on…

Bryan Riesterer,
Opotiki accountant

Direct flights to Sydney to end


DIRECT flights from Rotorua to Australia will cease next year following a decision to halt funding by Rotorua District Council. The last flight on the…

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Fonterra elections: Farmers told to participate


EASTERN Bay Fonterra shareholders’ councillor Robin Barkla says at least one new director will join the Fonterra board after this year’s elections. The Onepu dairy…

Meat prices won’t offset milk loss


A HUGE diversified Eastern Bay farming business, Sisam and Sons, says record high returns for meat will not offset the income lost from falling dairy…

SUCCESSFUL: Eastern Bay sharemilkers Nadine and Russell Meade attribute their career success to the dairy awards. 
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Dairy awards help promote farm career


BAY of Plenty Dairy Industry Awards manager Nadine Meade says there are unseen benefits in entering the awards on top of the $450 toolkit offered…

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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


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


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…

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Business show builds on its popularity


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.…