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We two kings


THE popularity of Ohope’s carols by candlelight is growing with around 200 people enjoying an evening of song at the Ohope Christian Camp on Friday night.…

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…

INSPECTOR: Jules Davies, left, is the Whakatane SPCA’s new animal welfare inspector, a role held for many years by centre stalwart Marj Whalley. Photo supplied

New animal welfare inspector on duty


WHAKATANE SPCA is ending the year on a high with a newly-qualified animal welfare inspector on board to ensure the district’s animals are well cared…

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Boat-builders in the spotlight


WHAKATANE District Council wants to determine the current value of the boat-building industry to the district. The council has commissioned consultant Martin Jenkins to investigate…

New driving test provider announced


THE provider of driver licence testing in Whakatane will change in May 2015. The NZ Transport Agency has selected Vehicle Testing New Zealand as its…

REVITALISED: THE plaza project on The Strand is the most obvious example of an attempt to revitalise Whakatane’s central business district in recent times. File photo

Strategy to revitalise CBD


CELEBRITY promotion, standardised trading hours and the development of a food market are among a long list of ideas for revitalising Whakatane’s retail sector. Retailers…

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DAMPENER: Motorists charge through floodwater in Peace Street on Wednesday evening. Photo Geoff Mercer D1470-21

Apanui catchment floods again


HEAVY rain turned some Whakatane properties into swimming pools again on Wednesday, leaving owners frustrated and angry. Peace Street and Apanui Avenue were among the…

RE-ELECTED: Tony Bonne, Malcolm Campbell and John Forbes.

Mayors lobby prime minister to attain flights


THE Eastern Bay’s three mayors were in Wellington yesterday to discuss Air New Zealand’s withdrawal from Whakatane with prime minister John Key. Whakatane Mayor Tony…

TOP FINISH: Whakatane District Council dominated the Sovereign Tinman Triathlon in Mount Maunganui on Sunday with 150 entrants. Photo supplied

Council team makes a splash at Tinman


WHAKATANE District Council staff, family members and contractor partners made a huge splash at the Sovereign Tinman Triathlon in Mount Maunganui on Sunday. The 150-strong…

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Court news – A chance to do good


WITH the prospect of a promising future ahead of him, Aho Hillman was given a chance to get his life back together when appeared in…

Murder charges laid after Eastern Bay man’s death


TWO men appeared in Tauranga District Court yesterday charged with the murder of 19-year-old Takena Tiepa-Ranapia last month. The Cape Runaway man was discovered dead…

Court news – Prison for drink-drive death


SHANNON Muri Charlie Sonny Ngaweketuhimata was on his way to buy more alcohol when he misjudged a corner, hit a power pole, and killed his passenger.…

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Paedophile admits offending


A 46-YEAR-OLD Rotorua man pleaded guilty to sexually violating a five-year-old Eastern Bay girl when he appeared in the Whakatane District Court yesterday. David John…

Meth charge for real estate agent


A WHAKATANE real estate agent appeared in Whakatane District Court yesterday morning charged with possession of methamphetamine. Brenda Kaye Urwin was remanded on bail until…

Alcohol store stings


ALL 25 supermarkets and liquor stores tested by police this month refused to sell alcohol to under age volunteers. Whakatane police Sergeant Craig Thorne said…

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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…

A school will be built at Taiwhakaea next year to accommodate the staff and students of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Orini ki Ngati Awa. 
Photo Troy Baker 

Kura kaupapa status official


THE children of a small Maori immersion school on the outskirts of Whakatane are celebrating their new-found kura kaupapa status. After years of operating as…

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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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Emergency at pool


A MEDICAL emergency closed Kawerau’s Maurie Kjar swimming pool complex for two hours on Thursday. Kawerau District Council operations and services manager Tom McDowall said…

CRASH SITES: Graphic illustrating motorcycle accidents in the Bay of Plenty

Motorbike crashes increase


THE number of Bay motorcyclists hospitalised following accidents has increased by 56 percent in a year. And the region’s motorcycle riders are four times more…

Taiwhakaea fire

Fire at Taiwhakaea


  CHILDREN are believed to have set fire to a large area of farmland at Paroa, opposite Taiwhakaea Marae today at about 6pm. Whakatane Volunteer Fire…

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Food safety warning for homekill meat


The ministry for primary industries is reminding people about the food safety risk of buying illegal home-killed meat for your Christmas roast. MPI compliance officers…

DIABETES: Ellen Walker (right) in Opotiki’s Church Street Surgery and diabetes nurse practitioner Isabel Raiman, on video from Tauranga Hospital, work together with a patient. Photo supplied

Diabetes telehealth clinic launched


DIABETES sufferers are using technology to access care at their own convenience with the launch of a new clinic service in the Eastern Bay. Timely…


Toxic shellfish poisoning strikes


SIX people have experienced toxic shellfish poisoning symptoms up to yesterday morning, Bay of Plenty medical health officer Jim Miller says. Each person had eaten…

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Malcom Campbell,
Kawerau mayor

Station wants to broadcast to Kawerau shoppers


KAWERAU’S Galaxy Radio station has appealed to Kawerau District Council for an opportunity to broadcast around Jellicoe Court. Galaxy breakfast host and chief executive Grant…

NEW FACLITY: An image of the new 
Onslow Street Department of Corrections facility expected to open by May next year.                               Image supplied

New Corrections centre for Kawerau


A NEW Department of Corrections centre in Kawerau will offer offenders an opportunity to complete programmes without having to travel to Whakatane. Preparation for the…

Rain saves the day for fireworks display


WEDNESDAY and Thursday’s rain has saved the Christmas in the Park fireworks display in Kawerau. A prolonged period of windy and dry weather contributed to…

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Silence about fluoride mandate


MAYOR Tony Bonne has informed me the following remit was passed at the Local Government NZ conference: That Local Government New Zealand urge the Government to…

Birds don’t nest on tracks


HOW are we as kontiki fishermen and women supposed to set them out if we can’t get access? Surely driving along the tracks won’t disturb…

Spraying is extensive


I AM a visitor to your lovely town but after visiting Sullivan Lake I have to agree with the previous correspondent regarding extensive spraying. Looking…

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Te urewera

Venison back on menu


TE UREWERA venison is back on the menu – just in time for Christmas. New hunting permits for Te Urewera are available today and the…

Next step in NZ’s longest legal battle


INTERESTED parties in the Waitangi Tribunal report that considers Lake Waikaremoana are remaining tight-lipped about whether they will seek compensation. But the landmark decision points…

CHRISTMAS WISH: Julian Tunui outside the building the Mataatua Maori Wardens’ leased but which he had to pay the rent for. Photo Troy Baker D1459-13

Hope for homeless wardens


ALL Julian Tunui wants for Christmas is his money back so he can open a new Maori warden’s office. Two years ago, with the approval…

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A GROUP photo at the Ngai Tai pakeke Christmas under wharenui Torere Nui-a-Rua. OB978-02

Ngai Tai pakeke celebrate in style


THE annual Ngai Tai pakeke Christmas is a must do on any Ngai Tai descendant’s calendar, thanks to a voluntary workforce that helps make the…

SONIA Edwards is writing a commemorative book about those who fought and died in World War I and has prepared crosses for the Gallipoli centenary event planned for Anzac Day 2015. Photo Sven Carlsson OB981-01

Fallen soldier material sought


COMMEMORATIVE material is being sought for a book about Eastern Bay people who died during World War 1. A companion book is planned for the…

EVEN these Waiotahi Beach pohutukawa trees have turned on their red lights to warn against fire risk and a dry season for farmers. Photo Sven Carlsson OB968-01

The heat is on -


FARMERS and rural firefighters are keeping a close watch on the weather, with an extreme fire risk and reduced pasture growth the hazards. Also keeping…

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Bigger returns for Zespri kiwifruit growers


KIWIFRUIT marketer Zespri has again raised its forecast returns for growers. Zespri says a combination of supply shortage, favourable market conditions and strong end-of-season sales…

A memorable Eastern Bay dairy season


A HUGE rise in Eastern Bay dairy production has been measured in the latest LIC dairy statistics published this month. Production from the 384 Eastern…

quad bike

Helmet-less quad riders risk prosecution


FOUR years after the Labour Department (now the ministry of business innovation and employment) launched a campaign to make sure farmers used their quad bikes…

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MEASURING UP: DoC staff take measurements and tissue samples from 22 dead whales, stranded on Bryan’s Beach yesterday morning. Photo Troy Baker D1293-21

Whale heartbreak + video


FORTY-NINE pilot whales have died in or near Ohiwa Harbour since Tuesday, in spite of the valiant efforts of rescuers. The Department of Conservation and…

RECORD BREAKERS: Participants queued in rows before cracking their light sticks at 7.30pm. Photo Geoff Mercer D1278-09

Light party breaks record + video


FRIDAY’S Light Party shot at the world light stick record was successful – provisionally. Organisers must now wait up to eight weeks for the attempt,…

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…