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Hundreds expected at Anzac services


HUNDREDS of people will attend Anzac services across the Eastern Bay tomorrow. Whakatane, Kawerau, Matata and Ruatoki will hold dawn services with further services planned…

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Missing man sought


  A SEARCH-AND-RESCUE operation is underway after the disappearance of an Opotiki man. Acting Sergeant Maxie Kemara said 54-year-old Alan Grant Young has been missing…

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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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Consumer confidence rise


ANZ Bank says while its latest consumer confidence survey and business surveys flag an economy “ripping along”, it does not think it will boom. “We’re…

ON THE RISE: Confidence in the kiwifruit industry is recovering from the vine disease Psa.

Kiwifruit orchard values recover


EASTPACK chairman Ray Sharp says there has been a spectacular recovery in kiwifruit orchard values in the past 12 months. He said confidence in the…

Inflation lower than expected


LOWER-than-expected inflation has cast doubts on the need for the Reserve Bank to lift interest rates as far and as fast as expected, economists say.…

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Talk over enhanced internet connection


WHAKATANE District Council is holding talks with Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi that might lead to enhanced internet connectivity. The council owns eight kilometres of…

Fenced dog park under investigation


A REQUEST for a fenced dog exercise area at the river end of Eivers Road has gained traction at Whakatane District Council. In June 2013,…

Russell Orr, councillor

Matata wastewater plant cost increases


THE possible cost of Matata’s sewage treatment scheme has risen to $13.2 million – up from $10.85 million 12 months ago. The scheme’s construction cost…

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Party plug pulled early TWO youths were arrested for disorderly behaviour after Whakatane police ended a teen party at Ohope Beach on Monday night. The evening…

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Thefts solved


A 15-YEAR-OLD was one of three people arrested by police last week in relation to recent thefts and burglaries. Neighbours contacted police when they saw…

WANTED: This man is wanted by Whakatane Police in connection with petrol drive-offs.

Petrol thief


POLICE are looking for a man they believe is responsible for two petrol drive-offs in Whakatane and Opotiki. The first was on March 19 at…

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UNVEILED: Chris Day’s widow Harata and daughters Wikitoria and Hine, centre, open Whakatane High School’s new memorial garden. They are watched by Andrea Riini and Tania Olsen, Tamihana Thrupp and Te Kopua Riini.

Memorial to ex-principal


WHAKATANE High School has created a living memorial to former principal Chris Day. The garden at the front of the school was commemorated in an…

CELEBRATION: Te Kura o Te Paroa were on The Strand in big numbers to cheer on Awanuiarangi graduates. Photos Troy Baker D0403-0058

Graduates take the bus


RAIN put a damper on the traditional hikoi through Whakatane by graduates of Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi on Friday. Instead of walking through the…

TOGETHER AGAIN: Whakatane High School’s 3P class of ’54 recently had a 60th reunion.

Class celebrates 60 years


THE year 1954 was a vintage year for Whakatane High School. The 60th reunion of the 3P class, held recently at the Church of St…

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Meningitis on its way out


DOCTORS say meningitis could be almost entirely eliminated in New Zealand as early as the end of the year. The potentially fatal disease reached epidemic…


Measles on the rise – get immunised


EASTERN Bay parents are urged to make sure their children are up to date with immunisations amid fears that measles may spread to the region…

STUNNING FEATURE: This multi-panel artwork by Whakatane artist Maree White is a much-admired feature of the new Whakatane Hospital’s main street.
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‘Amazing facility’ in hospital


MORE than 2000 people walked through Whakatane’s new hospital last weekend pronouncing it a feather in the cap of the community. Much positive feedback has…

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FULL FLOOR: Visitors to the expo yesterday were treated to a number of interactive displays aimed at giving them a taste of different career options. Photo Megan Hunt D0417-17

Career choices in Kawerau


STANDS of all shapes, sizes, and job titles filled Kawerau’s Ron Hardie Recreation Centre yesterday as part of the town’s annual careers expo. Organisers estimated…

Careers on display in Kawerau


MORE than 1000 people visited Kawerau’s career expo last year, and organisers are expecting similar numbers at today’s event. The 2014 Kawerau Career expo runs…

No submissions for Kawerau plan


STUDENTS at Trident High School’s newly opened service academy have had their first taste of military life. Not only did the students survive basic training…

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Stop smoking outside the library


I get extremely annoyed when trying to access the new Whakatane library when the whole area is frequented by smokers. This is supposed to be…

GP happy with Pathlab services


I WAS disconnected with some of the comments Sandy Milne is reported to have made during last week’s microbiology “showdown” meeting. His comment that GPs…

GOING, GOING: Three buildings in The Strand were demolished last week to make way for the pedestrian walkway.

Town Vision or tunnel vision


It is not often I agree with Keith Melville but his comments on the purchase and demolition of The Strand buildings I fully endorse. The…

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More disgrace after remarkable career


THE Maori Land Court’s $14.5 million pay-up order against former Kawerau woman Rae Beverley Adlam marks the end of another chapter of her spectacular fall…

A lasting dedication to peace


A SPECIAL pilgrimage on Saturday to the final resting place of Chief Mokomoko will mark the ongoing reconciliation between his descendants and Hiona St Stephen’s…

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Ninia Goldie passed at auction


A GOLDIE painting of Ngati Awa chieftainess Wiripine Ninia failed to sell at an auction in Auckland last week. Bidding for the painting – titled…

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Opotiki mourns 24/7 helper


WELL-KNOWN Opotiki tow truck operator Gordon Nelson is being mourned by the whole community after being involved in a fatal accident on Thursday afternoon. Mr…

John Forbes,
Opotiki mayor

Opotiki district rates to rise


FOLLOWING months of careful consideration, Opotiki District Council has agreed to adopt the draft Annual Plan for 2014/15 for public consultation. The public will now…

TALKING POINT: Opotiki Lions Club members Jim Towersey, Alen Clemance, Ian Jeffery and Mick Sauer facilitate the first Lion’s Club Giant Pumpkin Competition. Photo
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Giant pumpkin’s the talk of the town


THE Opotiki Lions Club held their inaugural Giant Pumpkin competition last weekend. Organisers Shirley Parkinson and Glenda John said recent media exposure piqued people’s interest…

More in rural »rural

Whakatane dairy farms sell for huge prices


AN $11 million sale price for a Whakatane dairy farm, sold last month, underscores a buoyant rural real estate market and strong demand according to…

Seeka adds bananas to business portfolio


BAY of Plenty kiwifruit packer and storage business Seeka Kiwifruit Industries is diversifying by buying a specialist fruit business. It has agreed to buy a…

Dairy prices fall


DAIRY prices are expected to continue falling, but it is too early to tell what the wider economic impact will be, economists say. The price…

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Barr claims first title


HERE is the Beacon’s coverage of the Whakatane Tennis Club’s men’s singles final on Saturday, between Niko Barr and Mark Ratana.

FOLLOW CAREFULLY: Tuhoe warrior Turanga Nicholas retreats toward the new Tuhoe headquarters building, having laid a challenge accepted by Tainui kaumatua Tukuroirangi Morgan. Photo Geoff Mercer D0261-01

New home for Tuhoe


TWO thousand people watched in awe as Tuhoe put on a welcoming performance befitting their iwi’s new $15 million headquarters – Te Uru Taumatua –…

WINNING DISHES: Meagan Edhouse, the winner of the New Zealand Barbecue King competition, receives her check and trophy from Pak’n Save’s Andrew Soutar. Also pictured are judges Colin Magee, head judge Rosemary Sloman and Whakatane mayor Tony Bonne.     
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New Zealand BBQ King competition


VIDEO by Michael Steens