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Officer owns up to dog attack


A WHAKATANE police officer is under investigation after confessing to shooting an arrow through the chest of a dog that strayed onto his property. Police…

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Confidence rise for Christmas


FOLLOWING three months of election uncertainty, business confidence rose in the final 2014 quarter. Confidence overall is down on the highs of the early part…

RELAXING: Saskia Scaddan is offering acupuncture sessions for a gold coin donation this week to raise awareness about the accessibility of acupuncture.  
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Acupuncture tasters for gold coin donation


WHAKATANE acupuncturist Saskia Scaddan is offering acupuncture tasters for a gold coin donation this week to celebrate World Acupuncture Awareness Week. Miss Scaddan, who operates…

Diesel business wins Horizon supreme award


EAST Coast Heavy Diesel and Machinery is the supreme winner of this year’s Horizon Business Excellence Awards. The business collected its Nova Energy-sponsored excellence in…

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Housing sale progress


FIVE community housing providers have shown interest in taking over Whakatane District Council’s 79 pensioner units. The council has moved one step closer to possibly…

Tony Bonne,
Whakatane mayor

Mayor talk – Social housing review progresses


WHAKATANE District Council’s review of the future options for delivering its pensioner housing service is now set to move to the next stage, with a…

Gerard van Beek,

Councillors urge caution over redevelopment


THE ongoing costs associated with redeveloping the Whakatane Museum and Research Centre could cost ratepayers up to $500,000 a year, according to the predictions of…

More in court-news »court-news

Court news – Cannabis dealer sentenced


A KAWERAU woman received a sentence of home detention after police searched her Te Teko home and discovered cannabis and hundreds of $20 notes hidden…

Court news – Pushed partner


ALLEGATIONS of infidelity sparked a domestic incident that landed Sonny Benjamin Mana in the Whakatane District Court last week on a charge of assault. The…

Court news – Dealing on home detention


AN Opotiki woman has gone to prison for dealing cannabis while on home detention. Christine Claire Black, 24, was jailed for four months when she…

More in crime »crime

Wedding and engagement rings found


A NUMBER of precious lost items are waiting for their owners at Whakatane police station, including a wedding and engagement ring, found last month. Whakatane…

Poachers guilty of trout slaughter


TWO Eastern Bay men have been found guilty of poaching up to 60 spawning trout from an isolated stream near Lake Rotoiti. Thomas Tawha, 41,…

Bag snatch foiled


A STRANGER came to the aid of a Whakatane woman after her bag was snatched as she walked through Rex Morpeth Park on Friday morning.…

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Ohope school releases Bird Song CD


OHOPE Beach School Choir released its own eco-CD last night. Teacher Jenny Ward said the project had been two years in the making, with the…

NEW GOALS: Trident High School deputy principal Andrea Panther is trading teaching in Whakatane for floristry in Kaitaia. 
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Teacher trades textbooks for flowers


FOR 10 years Trident High School deputy principal Andrea Panther aspired to become a principal. It might, therefore, seem surprising that she’s bought a florist…

ANIMALS: George Orwell’s classic novel Animal Farm is brought to life by Year 12 and 13 students from Tarawera High School. Photo supplied

Students play animals in Orwell classic


WHILE most senior students in New Zealand are at home on study leave, students at Kawerau’s Tarawera High School are still gaining internal credits. The…

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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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Minor injuries from crash


A MOTORBIKE rider and passenger were taken to Whakatane Hospital with minor injuries following an accident near Taneatua on Sunday night. Whakatane police Sergeant Ray…

Police are concerned about the Eastern Bay fatality rate

Police issue road toll warning


ELEVEN deaths have occurred on Eastern Bay roads so far this year, nearly three times last year’s total of four. Officer in charge of road…

Motorcyclist dies near Awakeri


A MAN is dead after the motorbike he was riding collided with a car near Awakeri on Wednesday evening. Edgecumbe Volunteer Fire Brigade acting chief…

More in health »health

Life’s little things missed most


WHEN you live with someone who has dementia, it’s the little things that leave the biggest hole, according to one Whakatane woman. The woman, who…

AWARDING TIMES: Melanie Thompson-Steele, Gina Thompson, Jordyn Wana, Nadene Gray, Renay Jones, Annabel Beal and Emma Barton, with Janet Maloney-Moni’s grandchildren Lincoln Jones and Olive Jones. 
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Trail-blazing nurse leaves more than a legacy


JANET Maloney-Moni has left more than a legacy. The trail-blazing nurse died in August after a short and sudden illness. To mark the contribution Mrs…

GET CHECKED: Ngati Awa leader Pouroto Ngaropo is urging men to have regular prostate checks following his diagnosis with cancer.                                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo Troy Baker  D1227-25

Cancer scare cause for reflection for leader


IT has been a tough few months for Pouroto Ngaropo. In between juggling work and community commitments, the Ngati Awa leader has been coming to…

More in kawerau-news »kawerau-news

Kawerau pool open for summer


FOLLOWING a recent trial, Kawerau District Council has decided to open the town’s public swimming pool at 9am during winter weekdays – an hour earlier…

Kawerau leaves 2013-14 with surplus


KAWERAU District Council finished the last financial year with a $300,218 surplus, not the $340,000 deficit it predicted. The council approved its 2013-14 annual report,…

Iwi liaison for Kawerau


KAWERAU’S Maori population will have a bigger voice at the Kawerau District Council table after the appointment of an iwi liaison committee last month. The…

More in letters »letters

Routine surgery risk escalation


IN the year since you published my last awareness report on the need for wiser use of antibiotics, and improved microbiology services, I have lobbied for…

The chamber should fight


I JUST watched John Campbell interview the chief executive of Air New Zealand, Christopher Luxon, about pulling out of provincial towns like Whakatane. I wasn’t…

Bring back the stocks


JUST finished reading Friday’s Beacon. Am angry and sad that we have morbidly, mentally sick cretin-like inadequates in our beautiful town and environment that will…

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GIVING BACK: Howie Black, Patsy Lyford, Ida Te Pou, Sandy Watene, Tiwai Iti, Marie Rangi and Caroline Steens with a giant cheque for the Taneatua Fire Brigade. Photo Troy Baker D1353-07

Maori Women’s Welfare League boosts brigade


TANEATUA Fire Brigade’s aspirations of new gear received a massive boost when the Maori Women’s Welfare League presented it with a cheque for $1500 yesterday.…

TATOU (TOGETHER): Helyna Wairau, Zayaris Hikuroa-Peck, Kori Kaleta, Te Uamonehu Hakopa-Webb, Miyah August, Te Okahurangi August, Roimata Tua from Te Whata Tau o Putauaki on stage at the Rangitaiki Kapa Haka Festival. 
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Kapa haka festival finds favour


MORE than 780 children took to the stage this weekend as part of the Rangitaiki Kapa Haka Festival. The festival, held at the Whakatane War…

LEARNING TIME: Piata Turnball, from Taneatua School, checks out the computer at the town’s new cyber lounge. Photo Troy Baker D1340

No excuses for late homework


A NEW cyber lounge at the Tuhoe Hauora means Taneatua children will no longer be able to make excuses for not doing their homework. The…

More in opotiki-news »opotiki-news

Otara Road farmer ‘thankful to be alive’


AN Opotiki farmer says his narrow brush with death hasn’t deterred him from returning to farm work. Still clutching bruises on his chest on Monday,…

TREES REMOVED: The removal of roadside trees along Wainui Road is expected to have a positive impact on road safety. Photo Sven Carlsson OB932-01

Wainui Road tree removal under way


THE work to improve road safety along Wainui Road has begun. Contractors have started removing trees along the road, which has recently come in the…

ANCIENT PRACTICE: Whale heads await processing to remove their jaws and oil at Maromahue Marae at Waiotahi. Photo supplied

Whales’ heads taken to marae


PROCESSING whale heads is an ancient Maori practice that has been revived in the tribal lands of Upokorehe following last week’s pilot whale strandings. About…

More in rural »rural

Call for farmers to enter awards


A BRAND new $4000 cattle crush built and donated by Awakeri rural business, The Wrangler, for the Bay of Plenty Dairy Awards is an added…

DIVERSIFIED: Grant Calder has expanded his Taneatua orchard operations to include cherries. Photo Keith Melville D1291-06

Cherries diversify kiwifruit orchard


CHERRIES will soon join berryfruit as locally-grown produce to reach the Eastern Bay marketplace in the lucrative Christmas holiday period. Taneatua kiwifruit growers Grant and…

SWEET RETURN: A Thornton Road berry garden has been returned to production and its shop re-opened and re-stocked by new owners, Jo and Graham Sims. Photo Keith Melville D1290-03

Strawberry fields forever


JUST like the name of the song made famous by The Beatles, the re-opening of an iconic berry garden outside Whakatane has brought back fond…

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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…