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Crown’s apology to Tuhoe in full


THE following is the text of the Crown’s apology, through Treaty of Waitangi negotiations minister Chris Finlayson, to Tuhoe, offered at the iwi’s new headquarters,…

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Vessel washed onto Whale Island


BAY of Plenty Regional Council is investigating an unmanned boat which has dragged its anchor and gone ashore on the southwestern shore of Whale Island…

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Con man active in East Bay


A MAN Whakatane police are warning people to beware of claims he is an honest worker put on a hard road by an unfair employer.…

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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…

CUTTING THE CAKE: Helen and Philippa Spring, cut the Beacon’s 75th birthday cake. 
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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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Gerard Casey,
Chamber of Commerce
chief executive

Business confidence falls


BUSINESS confidence in the northern region fell dramatically in the latest chamber of commerce survey. Eastern Bay Chamber of Commerce chief executive Gerard Casey said…

Steve O’Connor,
Flick chief executive

Electricity retailer offers spot market prices


NEW Zealand’s newest electricity retailer, Flick Electric, has entered the market in Wellington and Hamilton offering New Zealanders access to the spot market price of…

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$16 million for OPAC expansion


KIWIFRUIT business Opotiki Packing and Cool Storage is finalising a $16 million expansion plan to cater for expected big increases in kiwifruit crops. OPAC managing…

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Call for United Nations intervention


THE Dioxin-Affected Residents Association wants the United Nations called in to investigate contaminated dump sites throughout the Whakatane district. DARA spokesman Guy Barlass made his…

WORK IN PROGRESS: The Strand Plaza redevelopment is taking shape to include a building with two new retail tenancies.

Whakatane district is the best place to be …


Mayor Talk EVERY day as I go to work, I realise that I’m not the only one who thinks the Whakatane district is the best place…

Tony Bonne,
Whakatane mayor

Sale of pensioner housing preferred option


WHAKATANE District Council looks likely to transfer its 72 pensioner units to an approved community housing provider, despite opposition from some council tenants. But the…

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Court news – Father-figure jailed for childhood abuse


A PACKED Whakatane District Court heard about the impact of childhood sexual abuse on one woman as she read a victim impact statement to her…

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…

Three jailed over Mongrel Mob shooting


THREE Kawerau men have been jailed for 12 and a half years for the shooting of two men in the township in September. Derek Maynard…

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Court news – Driving charges follow home visit


RAURU Pryor’s credentials as a member of the Takapuna Grammar first XV failed to impress Judge Thomas Ingram who deemed him “just another drink driver”…

Woman sells drugs on home detention


A WHAKATANE woman has gone to prison after she succumbed to temptation and sold drugs while on home detention. Selina Maureen Riddell was jailed for…

Alleged poachers back in court


TWO men accused of poaching trout have continued to insist the district court has “no jurisdiction” over them. Appearing in the Rotorua District Court on…

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Mandarin winner


Six Whakatane Intermediate School students put their Mandarin skills to the test in Rotorua – and one walked off with the trophy. Elisa Gates won…

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Scholarships for top Kawerau students


TARAWERA High School’s head students, Kathleen Frewen and Jesse Te Riini, have been awarded First Foundation Scholarships to help them through tertiary studies in coming…

FOLD-IT: Apanui School pupils, from left, Brimsey Marshall, Scarlet McAdams and Leon Fuller compete in milk carton competitions at the first year anniversary of  the Fonterra Milk for Schools programme.    Photo Jodie Hart D0911-04

Milking it in the Eastern Bay


WHAKATANE’S Apanui School has gone all the “whey” with celebrations marking the one-year anniversary of the Fonterra Milk for Schools programme. An outside lunch was…

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MATCHUP: Doctors have found a bone marrow donor for Mikaera Tamihere.
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Mikaera finds a bone marrow match


THE family of a Kawerau teenager battling an aggressive form of leukaemia have received the best news they could have hoped for. On Friday afternoon…

Forestry worker injured at Waihau Bay


THE Tauranga-based Trustpower TECT Rescue helicopter was dispatched to Te Kaha medical center on Tuesday afternoon to pick up an injured forestry worker. The 33-year-old man…

Baby airlifted to hospital


On Saturday the Tauranga-based Trustpower TECT rescue helicopter was called to Te Kaha where a four-month-old baby boy had been taken to the local medical…

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NEW WALL: The wall was painted and art panels from the Street Legal festival were fitted along Plunket Street last Friday and Saturday. Photo supplied

Kawerau Graffiti busters hit Plunket Street


FOUR Kawerau kids joined the town’s graffiti-busting team last Friday, painting over a tagging hot spot that has since become an eye-catching display space. Panels…

Three jailed over Mongrel Mob shooting


THREE Kawerau men have been jailed for 12 and a half years for the shooting of two men in the township in September. Derek Maynard…

Phil Cammish,
Bay of Plenty District Health Board 
chief executive

Rural women miss out – Deal ends mobile radiology service


AN end to mobile breast screening in Opotiki and Kawerau last year was part of a deal to keep Bay Radiology in Whakatane. Documents requested…

More in letters »letters

Fishy seascape


IN the Beacon of July 16, 2014, it mentioned that when finished the Seascape development subdivision will have 30 sections, of which 24 have been…

Speed bump blues


WHEN I arrived home last Monday morning after a weekend away I found a speed bump had been installed at the junction of Mokorua Grove and…

Eel fishery already restricted


IF David Cunliffe thinks he can close a fishery down (Beacon, August 15, Labour would halt commercial eeling) when it’s under the quota management system…

More in maori-affairs »maori-affairs

BIG CELEBRATION: Temporary marquees are being built in the grounds of Te Kura Whare, at Taneatua, for the delivery of the Crown apology to Tuhoe. Photo Troy Baker D0981-15

Crown apology expected to draw huge crowd


THE final act of atonement for grievances the Government inflicted on the Tuhoe nation, starting 150 years ago, will be played out at Taneatua on…

FRIENDS AGAIN: Police commissioner Mike Bush is welcomed on to Te 
Rewarewa Marae, Ruatoki, at a pohiri on Wednesday. He later apologised to Tuhoe for police conduct during the 2007 terror raids. 
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Police say sorry – Significant step toward new era with Tuhoe


POLICE commissioner Mike Bush publicly apologised to Tuhoe for the anger and hurt caused by the infamous Te Urewera terror raids conducted by armed officers…

Rae Beverley Adlam,
Bath Trust trustee

Adlam returns to court


THE Maori Appellate Court is playing out another chapter in a seven year fight involving two neighbouring Kawerau Maori land trusts, geothermal assets and millions…

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Intelligent sign installed


A SIGN reminding motorists to slow down before the curves near Pohutukawa Drive at Waiotahi Beach Road has been installed. The sign alerts west-bound traffic…

GRANT Stanley left Opotiki a few months ago on an extended holiday visiting Cuba and Bangkok before arriving in Malaysia.

Slashed beekeeper feared for his life


AN Opotiki beekeeper slashed with a razor blade in Malaysia believes his attackers originally planned to murder him in the countryside and dispose of his…

CARL Rangituatata Ngamoki-Cameron has a double-major in physical education and law – and he’s about to graduate as an international sports organiser. OB805-02

‘Extreme athlete’ cloaked in Olympic spirit


HAWAI parents Roka and Kerry Cameron are flying to Lausanne in Switzerland next week to present an Olympic cloak to their son. Carl Rangituatata Ngamoki-Cameron…

More in rural »rural

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Mini golf course nears completion


AN 18-hole mini golf course will be ready when Julian’s Berry Farm and its shop open for business at Huna Road on Whakatane’s outskirts in…

Migrant dairy workers not being exploited


LABOUR inspectors have found dairy farmers are not exploiting migrant workers but some farmers are breaching employment law. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s…

Silage wrap recycling creates own problems


A RECYCLING scheme for farmers has collected more than 1000 tonnes of silage wrap and other waste plastic for the first time in a single…

More in video »video

ALL ON: The Whakatane Roller Derby League clash with the Pirate City Broadside Brawlers at the Whakatane War Memorial Centre on Saturday. 
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Double derby delights


THE Whakatane Roller Derby League kept their undefeated home record intact with another convincing win at the Whakatane War Memorial Centre on Saturday. They beat…

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…