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Melbourne Cup fever comes to town


TWENTY-FOUR jockeys battled it out in a re-enactment of the 1954 Melbourne Cup this week – but there could be only one possible winner. The…

More charges for paedophile


A CONVICTED paedophile who preyed on a Whakatane girl he met through the Salvation Army, has pleaded guilty to more charges of child abuse. Trevor…

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New police recruit collars first criminal


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


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…

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Beacon celebrates 75 years


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…

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Pak’nSave Whakatane announces refurbishment


WHAKATANE shoppers are about to see big changes at the Pak’nSave supermarket in Kopeopeo, with a major refurbishment beginning in September. The upgrade will create…

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Mill in global sales review


A FURTHER firm indication has emerged that a sale is being considered for New Zealand billionaire Graeme Hart’s global packaging empire, which includes Whakatane Mill.…

Chance for public to object to real estate agent applications


FROM August this year changes are being made to the current licensing system for real estate agents in an effort to improve the application process, reduce…

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OBJECTIONS: Whakatane Baptist Church members strongly object to the proposed greenwaste site in the neighbouring property.

Consent lodged for greenwaste – Church plans to fight back


WHAKATANE Baptists are planning to fight a move by the district council to open a greenwaste processing centre near their new $3.5 million church in…

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Museum, library double visitor numbers


TE Koputu, Whakatane’s library and exhibition centre, has shown a phenomenal growth in patronage in May and June, more than doubling the number of visitors…

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Two party support for harbour project


REDEVELOPMENT of Opotiki’s Harbour, which will give a huge boost to the region’s aquaculture industry, has found its way onto the radar of both major…

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Court – Life of chaos


TE TEKO woman Karren Raki, 19, pleaded guilty in the Whakatane District Court last week before Judge Peter Rollo to wilful trespass, breach of bail…

Court news – Almost three times over limit


IN the Whakatane District Court last week an Ohope man was jailed for 15 months after clocking up his ninth and 10th drink-driving convictions. The…

Court news – Minister guilty of benefit fraud


A TE Kaha school teacher and church minister has been sentenced to nine months home detention for defrauding the Department of Social Welfare of $104,950.…

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Calculated attempt to murder – Prisoner denied parole


THE New Zealand Parole Board has refused to free Whakatane man Lex John Miller from his prison sentence for the chillingly calculated attempt to gas…

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Whakatane police senior sergeant

CBD burglaries continue


BY day burglars are targeting Whakatane homes, and then moving into the central business district at night. Yesterday Whakatane Senior Sergeant Yvonne Parker asked business…

HEADLINE: The story if the burglary as it appeared in the Beacon.

Jewels returned minus their shine


WEEKS after the “smash and grab” burglary of Commerce Street store, Jewels by Jodie, runners and dog walkers are still discovering jewellery strewn nearby. The…

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WINNERS: Allandale Diamonds debaters, Clarissa Simpson, Sapphire Jones and Stacey-Lee Crabtree won the Eastern Bay interschool year 5 and 6 debating competition held last week. Photo supplied

Diamonds shine at inter-school debating competition


ALLANDALE Diamonds proved they had that extra sparkle at the Eastern Bay Inter-school Year 5 and 6 Debating Competition last week. The Allandale School team…

GREASE: Jaz Wiremu is playing Sandy in Tarawera High School’s production of Grease, 25 years ago her mum Emily Rua-Bennett took on the role for Kawerau College. 
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Jaz plays Sandy just like her mum in Grease


TWENTY-FIVE years after Emily Rua-Bennett played Sandy in the Kawerau College production of Grease, her daughter is reprising the role. Ms Rua-Bennett was a fifth…

ACTING PRINCIPAL: Boyce Davey is taking a term out of retirement to head Allandale School pending the arrival of a new principal. 
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Former Edgecumbe principal stands in at Allandale


THE new term sees a new face at the helm of Allandale School – albeit a temporary one. After helping the school board of trustees…

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Nurses to perform colonoscopies


HEALTH Minister Tony Ryall has today announced specialist nurses will now be trained to perform colonoscopies, a diagnostic test which can identify whether a person…

THANKFUL: Edgecumbe man Matt Bryson is thankful to be alive after losing his lower left leg in an accident at the family grain processing shed. Photo Troy Baker D0827-02

Tapping away the trauma


A MONTH after losing his lower leg in a work accident, Matt Bryson is adjusting to life as an amputee. It’s a tough journey for…

SURGICAL MISHAP: Sandie Passau is angry at having to undergo the same surgery twice following an operating theatre mishap at Whakatane Hospital. Photo Troy Baker D0790-07

Operation aborted – Nurse drops vital part on floor


SANDIE Passau must undergo surgery a second time after an operating theatre mishap last week forced a surgeon to abandon her operation. The Whakatane woman…

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Ballance Street alley closed


A KAWERAU alleyway will close following complaints from neighbours about vandalism, loitering, and litter. At a meeting on Tuesday, Kawerau District Council agreed with the…

FOUNDATION: Three stones collected from the mountain, sea and river, are buried on Tuesday morning at the site of Tarawera High School’s new buildings in Kawerau.
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Stones laid for the start of new school


STONES from the sea, river, and mountain were buried at the site of Tarawera High School’s new buildings during a ceremony yesterday to mark the…

Kawerau teens back from Taiwan adventure


KAWERAU’S travelling teens are back in the Eastern Bay after performing and adventuring their way around Taiwan on an all-expenses-paid trip. Corrina Ngatoro, Hina Ward,…

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Issue taken with mooring report


I WOULD like to take issue with Reuben Fraser’s assertion that the Thompson and Toresen report established only one mooring had non-regulation chain. The report says…

Playground becomes racetrack


ON the weekend driving home I saw a four-wheel-motorbike at our local play area in Fisherman’s Drive being used for a race track. I stopped…

Keep written form of te reo as clean as possible


I’VE been thinking. Why is it that, all of a sudden the written form of te reo Maori is embellished with the macron to indicate…

More in maori-affairs »maori-affairs

CRITICISM: Universities New Zealand complained of Awanuiarangi’s use of “indigenous-university” after its name. File photo

Wananga ‘university’ review under way


SUBMISSIONS to a review that could lead to more liberal use of the term university by teaching institutions are due by August 15. The Ministry…

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Further apology by police


POLICE Commissioner Mike Bush will return to Ruatoki within the next few weekends for unfinished business – to personally deliver a further police apology to…

A PROUD DAY: Tamati Kruger addresses Tuhoe supporters, Parliamentarians and bureaucrats during a March 23, 2013, ceremony at Parliament, held to witness the Tuhoe Treaty settlement being initialled. Photo supplied

Kruger – Fifteen years of intensity


THIS week, the man who has arguably done more than anyone alive today to settle Tuhoe’s grievances with the Crown will observe the legislation enshrining…

More in opotiki-news »opotiki-news


Wainui Road speed limit to remain


THE speed limit on Wainui Road is unlikely to be reduced, in spite of a unanimous call by residents for it to be lowered to…

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Revamp for waka ama club


STEVEN Tai knows that many hands make light work. Last month he was made the chairman of the new Te Ara Utauta Waka Ama club…

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Kura ki Uta rise from the ashes


OPOTIKI College kapa haka Kura ki Uta, is counting down to the National Secondary Schools’ Kapa Haka Competition, which begins in Gisborne on Monday. The…

More in rural »rural


NZKGI says job scheme essential for kiwifruit


NEW Zealand Kiwifruit Growers (NZKGI) says Government’s plans to increase the number of seasonal workers allowed into New Zealand to work in horticulture will cater…

BOOMING: This cow-restraining device built at The Wrangler’s Awakeri premises on White Pine Bush Road awaits its owner. Owner Wilco Klein-Ovink says his order book is full and his phone just keeps ringing. Photo Keith Melville D0867-03

No restraining booming rural business


WHAKATANE rural engineering business, The Wrangler, has been experiencing a business boom. The business makes devices for restraining cows comfortably so they can be treated…

Keeping stock off stopbanks prevents damage


RURAL communities are being reminded to keep grazing stock off stopbanks during the wet season to prevent damage and to allow the structures to perform…

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TOUGH TRAINING: Waimaria Haywood was a front-line hose holder, getting drenched by protective water as she worked. 
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Graduating as a firefighter – no easy feat


THE EASTERN BAY’S newest firefighter Waimaria Haywood says passing her assessment as a firefighter was much tougher than running up Auckland’s Sky Tower. Mrs Haywood,…

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Baker goes solo [+ Video]


BEACON photographer Troy Baker is staging his first solo exhibition this month at Te Koputu, Whakatane’s library and exhibition centre. The exhibition “The Darkness of…

COMING THROUGH: Caleb Adam busts through the Hamilton Boys High School defence at Trident High School on Saturday. Photo Troy Baker D0643-087

Trident fall short of trophy


UP against a superior side, Trident High School’s first XV couldn’t get their hands on the Chiefs Trophy. They were well beaten 41-15 by Hamilton…