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THIS stump will be turned into a seat after the tree had to be cut down to reduce the risks to
motorists and pedestrians. 
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Golf club axes woods


VEGETATION on the Opotiki Golf Club boundary with Woodlands Road has been given the chop for safety reasons and to make the area more attractive.…

FLAMING RUBBISH: Fire fighters dampen a rubbish fire in the sand dunes at the end of Golf Links Road.
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Dumped rubbish burns


RUBBISH dumped at the end of Golf Links Road went out up in smoke yesterday afternoon, despite previous commitments from the dumper to remove the…

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Sunair brings new services to Whakatane Airport


TAURANGA-based Sunair Aviation Limited is introducing a range of new services linking Whakatane to other regional centres. From Monday Sunair will offer scheduled weekday services…

People told to use new air service or lose them


PROVINCIAL New Zealand has been urged to use new air services to Auckland or risk losing them either partly or completely. The warning was issued…

Chris Roberts,
Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand
chief executive

Eastern Bay businesses to feature in trade show


IN the biggest event of its kind, the tourism industry partnership eXplore Central North Island (ECNI) will host more than tourism delegates next month, including…

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Whakatane District Council

Token payment for hard work


MEMBERS of the district plan hearings committee will receive a “token” payment towards the hundreds of hours spent dealing with submissions over the past year.…

Returned servicemen enter the Whakatane War  Memorial Centre stadium on Saturday

Huge Anzac service turnout


SATURDAY’S Anzac Day civic service in Whakatane is being described as the best-attended ever. Members of the public, military services, service groups, the Edgecumbe Choir…

Tony Bonne,
Whakatane mayor

Mayor Talk – A working holiday


LINDA and I recently returned from a holiday in the South Island, and while it was refreshing to get away, you’re never really on holiday…

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Court news – Man accepts he was wrong to have gun without licence


WAYNE Leslie Hooker appeared in the Whakatane District Court last Wednesday before Judge Robert Wolff facing one charge of possession of a firearm without a…

Court news – Five years for stabbing mum


THE man who stabbed the mother of his four children in the stomach because he believed she was cheating on him has been sent to…

Court news – Man carrying child flees police


A WAIOTAHI man who fled police carrying his young child after a domestic incident appeared in Whakatane District Court on Wednesday. Te Reneti Brook Tarau,…

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ILL-GOTTEN GAIN: Trout poached using a net from a Rotorua stream. Photo supplied

Strong message in poaching sentence


ONE of two Eastern Bay men convicted of poaching spawning trout from a stream near Rotorua last winter has received a precedent-setting jail term. Thomas…


Wainui car chase ends in crash


A 26-YEAR-OLD driver was arrested yesterday afternoon after fleeing police and colliding with a police car. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Yvonne Parker said the vehicle…

Whakatane District Court

Criminal ruins two lives with his actions


WHEN Ihaka Adrian Pepene broke into a house to steal a bike and ended up sexually assaulting the occupant he ruined two lives – his…

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Anne Tolley, 
East Coast MP

East Bay schools form communities


MORE than 3000 students from Whakatane schools are joining a Government-inspired Community of Schools aimed at raising educational achievement among students. Whakatane High School, Apanui…

DEATH POSE: Ugly Shakespeare Company actor Anthony Crum strikes a most unusual death pose. Photo Troy Baker D1976-046

Ugly Shakespeare delights audiences


THE Ugly Shakespeare Company brought its funny and tragically irreverent version of Hamlet to Whakatane last week. So, too, its fast, fun and downright flippant…

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Labour’s education MP hits region


EASTERN Bay teachers had the ear of Labour’s education spokesman Chris Hipkins for a few hours on Wednesday. The MP for Rimutaka was in the…

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Victim standing in middle of road


INITIAL indications are that a 17-year-old was standing on Keepa Road when he was struck by a vehicle and killed. Police spokeswoman Kim Perks said…

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Car strikes tree, house


AN elderly man drove into the side of a house along McGarvey Road at 4pm on Wednesday afternoon. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Yvonne Parker said…

Police car

Pedestrian killed in Pukehina


AN elderly man is dead after being hit by a car on Old Coach Road in Pukehina this morning. The 75-year-old man was struck by…

More in environment-news »environment-news

LETHAL ACTION: Members of the Nukuhou Saltmarsh Care Group with their 1000 pest celebration cake. Group leaders Stuart and Margaret Slade are in blue in the middle. 
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Saltmarsh trapping accounts for 1000 pests


FINDING unusual plants, or hearing a strange new bird call, has been a regular occurrence for the Nukuhou Saltmarsh Care Group, but an Easter Sunday…


Bee-keepers collect Ohope swarm


LAURIE Patterson says he was inundated by phone calls from people wanting to take the swarm of bees that made a home in his feijoa…

SPONSORS: The sponsors with their kiwi, Graeme Purches from Trustpower with GBK, Tracey Rhodes from Allandale School with Wiki and Janene Maguire from the Ohope Beach Top 10 Holiday Park with Waimarie Pai. 
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Kiwi attract big crowd


ANOTHER 1000-plus people have now seen a kiwi – three of them in fact. The Easter release of kiwi GBK, Wiki and Waimarie Pai attracted a…

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Flu jab now available


FLU vaccinations are now available at Unichem and Life pharmacies – no appointment necessary. Every year one in five New Zealanders is affected by flu…

VACCINE: Total Health nurse Suzanne Thompson gives pregnant mum Eileen Patterson her 
protective flu
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Mum protects baby with vaccine


EILEEN Patterson is not prepared to take chances when it comes to the health of her unborn baby. She took advantage of free flu immunisations…

Health warning lifted for Lake Rotoehu


THE health warning issued in February for Lake Rotoehu has been lifted by the medical officer of health. Results of water testing by Bay of…

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Malcom Campbell,
Kawerau mayor

8.2 percent increase for councillors


ELECTED members of Kawerau District Council received a pay rise from the Remuneration Authority for the next financial year – the hike for all but…

Kawerau dog fees to remain the same


KAWERAU’S dog registration fees will remain unchanged for another year. During an extraordinary meeting on April 7, Kawerau District Council agreed to retain previous fee…

Mary Hermanson,
Project co-ordonator

Council declines to waive fee for cooking classes


DESIPTE recognising the value of low-cost cooking workshops in its community, Kawerau District Council has declined to waive venue hire fees for them. Cooking workshops…

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Acknowledging Major Donald Stewart


I REFER to the April 24 Bay Weekend Anzac feature story on page 2: World War II battle, taiaha versus bayonet. I would like to thank…

Reject ‘unjustified’ pay rise


THAT was an interesting attempt by Mayor Bonne to divert attention from an increase in income for councillors of almost $100 per week. Members of the district plan…

Vehicle confiscation the answer


REGARDING the article on the front page of last Wednesday’s Beacon – “Dumper caught in the act.” First off; good on the two men exercising…

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INNOVATIVE SPACE: The containers that will host Ngati Awa’s World War I exhibition, Nga Takitini O Tumateuenga, are temporarily stored at the Army Hall in Whakatane. Photo Troy Baker D1975-01

War exhibition to hit Wharaurangi


EVER wondered about the shelter under Pohaturoa Rock in Whakatane? It was built to commemorate soldiers who served in World War I and was meant…

Tamati Kruger,
Tuhoe leader

Black-tie dinner for Tuhoe leader


NEWS he is being awarded a distinguished alumni award by his old university had Tamati Kruger searching for a dictionary. The accolade is to be…

NEVER TOO OLD: Ngati Pukeko kaumatua Joe Mason scales the wall at Adventure SolutioNZ during a Ngati Awa Hapu Challenge. Photo supplied

Ngati Awa challenge still going strong 10 years on


AFTER a decade of organising the Ngati Awa Hapu Challenge, Des Harawira has many fond memories. The most memorable is one of two men, both…

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Government shatters Anzac dream


A MOMENTOUS event for a young Opotiki woman will be witnessed by the world, but not by her family. Opotiki College student Caitlin Papuni-McLellan has…

OPOTIKI College head girl Caitlin Papuni McLellan created history at Tuesday’s Opotiki Probus Club meeting. When she delivered the prepared speech that won her the nationwide ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC annual speechmaking competition it was greeted with what is believed to be the club’s first standing ovation. 
Club secretary Sonia Edwards said no one anticipated the emotional intensity that emerged at the meeting.

Anzac currents run deep at Probus


AN Opotiki Anzac-themed Probus meeting unleashed unexpected and deep emotions on Tuesday. Held at the Opotiki Golf Club on Tuesday morning, the Probus Anzac Commemoration…

CHERRIE Newell and her son will go to Gallipoli to pay their respects. 
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Not calling hell by its true name


FOR Opotiki woman Cherrie Newell, going to this month’s Gallipoli commemorations in Turkey will be exciting, but also scary. Like her grandfather, who kept a…

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Two separate road deaths


A PERSON is dead following a car accident on State Highway 30, near Kope Drain Road, Whakatane, shortly after 9pm on Saturday night. The death…

Police are investigating an unexplained death at Omaio, 40km east of Opotiki

Unexplained death at Omaio


  POLICE have confirmed a man has died in mysterious circumstances at Omaio, 40 kilometres east of Opotiki. An investigation has been launched into the cause…

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TOTAL BULL: Typhoon was bred by Charles and Ellen Mitchell of Troutbeck Road, Galatea.
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Galatea bull breeders among the elite


A BULL bred by Galatea farmers Charles and Ellen Mitchell has been accepted into LIC’s top breeding team. Mr and Mrs Mitchell, of Troutbeck Road,…

New general manager appointed at DairyNZ


DAIRYNZ has appointed Andrew Reid its extension general manager, the role that leads the industry body’s regional farm consulting officer teams. Mr Reid will start…

Tax cheat rips off tourists


A BAY of Plenty kiwifruit contractor and orchard owner has been sentenced to 10 months’ home detention after he used backpackers and other tourists’ IRD…