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Truck and car collide on highway


A TWO-DOOR Mazda and a truck collided at the intersection of Western Drain Road and State Highway 2 shortly before 5pm yesterday. A police officer…

JUICE BREAK: Tammie Wharton and juicer Jemma Craig enjoy a green-juice break at Soul Organics.
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Whakatane organic store with soul


“YOU are what you eat” is the philosophy of Soul Organics owner Tammie Wharton, who recently expanded her juicing business into an organic produce store.…

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Seeka rebounds from PSA


NEW Zealand’s biggest kiwifruit grower, Seeka Kiwifruit Industries, predicts an annual profit increase of 11 percent in the 12 months to the end of December.…

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…

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Tomasz Krawczyk,
council infrastructure general manager

Flood works begin


THE first stage of a major stormwater system upgrade in the vicinity of Ohope’s Maraetotara Stream is expected to begin next week. A contract for…

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…

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Court news


New dad BECOMING a new father left Tyler Justin Knight no time for community work. He appeared in Whakatane District Court last week on a…

Court news – Teen assaulted on school bus


A KAWERAU man went onto a school bus to seek out and assault a teenager he believed had bullied his son. The attack left the…

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…

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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 on Wednesday gutted a Matahi Valley Road home. Detective Sergeant Anthony Hay said that…

GOLDEN TICKETS: Glossy tickets from Moon Spirit Paradise arrived in a Te Teko letter box but the gold scratchies were hoax.
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Scam scratchies reach Eastern Bay


SCRATCHIES revealing a $175,000 cash prize appeared in the letterbox of one Te Teko resident in August this year. The envelope was stamped with a…

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School continues energy initiatives


ENERGY conservation continues at Trident High School with the latest initiatives based around the school staffroom. This week Academic Programme for Excellence council members Michael…

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.…

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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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Suspicious Eivers Road blaze


AN Eivers Road resident woke early on Sunday morning to find a burning couch on their veranda spreading flames through the building. Whakatane police Detective…

Timber worker breaks leg


A KAWERAU timber worker caught on the forks of a stacking machine on Friday recovered in Rotorua Hospital over the weekend. Sequal Lumber executive director…

Blaze destroys van at pub


A SUSPICIOUS van fire outside the Opotiki Hotel early Sunday morning left nothing behind but the vehicle’s hard shell. A national fire service spokesman said…

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SWEET TOUCH: Ian Stevenson has lived with diabetes for 50 years. Photo Troy Baker D1231-01

Living with diabetes for 50 years


LIVING with diabetes for more 50 years, Ian Stevenson has learnt a thing or two. He was diagnosed with type one diabetes in 1968 when…

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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Kawerau leaves pace for TAB – if required


KAWERAU District Council has created space in its regulations for one standalone TAB venue – if such a facility is ever required in the town.…

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.…

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Protect Port Ohope dune land


I AM writing, yet again, to express my concern at vehicles being driven over the reserve (sand dunes) at Port Ohope, between the camping grounds…

Outlaw play a laugh


HAVING just returned from watching the dress rehearsal of the hilarious play My Inlaws are Outlaws, I wanted to share my thoughts. This show is…

Stay with kaitiaki concept


HAVE the Greens lost their rambunctious way? Or, could it be that they are regrouping and rethinking their true position following the ridiculous statement by their…

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GETTING READY: Workers set up the tent performers will use to ready themselves before taking to the stage. 
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Ngati Awa festival will bring hapu together


WHAKATANE will come alive this weekend with the swishing of piupiu and the thunderous sound of stamping feet as hundreds take to the kapa haka…

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…

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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…

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…

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Donna Smit, 
Candidate for Ballance 
board of directors

Ballance Ward B Election draws record field


EDGECUMBE farmer Donna Smit is one of nine candidates seeking election to represent Ward B on Ballance Agri-Nutrients’ board of directors. The fertiliser company called…

Exports values fall


FALLING prices for dairy and wood commodities are reflected in Statistics New Zealand’s latest seasonally adjusted export values. Statistics New Zealand said the seasonally adjusted…

Coolstore expansion for Te Puke


ANOTHER major player in the kiwifruit industry has announced expansion plans as kiwifruit production ramps up, and the threat posed by kiwifruit vine disease Psa…

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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…

WINNER: Earthart Landscaping was judged the best stall at the Beacon Business and Leisure Show during the weekend. D1024-045

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.…