Dinner for 100

WhaleAid Aleppo has raised $24,000 to assist the war-torn city and are planning a spectacular end to a successful fundraising campaign. A long-table, late afternoon three-course dinner for 100 people will take place on Port Ōhope Wharf on Sunday 9th April to mark the culmination of a variety of fundraising […]

Whakatane turns it on for Oxfam

Whakatāne turned on a warm welcome for Oxfam Trailwalker 2017, with organisers saying the event was a huge success. More than 200 teams took up the challenge this year and though there were some scattered showers on Sunday afternoon the weather proved to be far more cooperative than last year. […]

Heavy rain warning issued

A slow-moving low over the Tasman Sea is weakening, but it continues to direct a very moist northeasterly airstream onto the country.Heavy and thundery falls have affected much of the upper North Island, and also Fiordland and Westland, but the rain is gradually easing. This Watch is for the likelihood […]

Free dog de-sexing programme

The Whakatāne District Council will be offering free de-sexing for certain breeds of menacing dogs, thanks to funding from central government. The programme covers the Brazilian fila, dogo Argentino, Japanese toso, perro de presa canario, and American pit bull terrier breeds, and registered owners of these breeds will be contacted […]

CCTV coverage to be extended

CCTV coverage is to be extended to some of Whakatāne’s key harbour facilities, following funding approval by the Whakatāne District Council. The Council last week agreed to invest up to $100,000 from the Harbour Account to improve security and community safety at the main commercial wharf, game wharf and boat […]

Truckies taking too much time on detour

The Whakatāne District Council has delegated authority to Chief Executive Marty Grenfell to consider exemptions which would allow heavy traffic to travel through Ōhope, under tightly controlled conditions, while the Pekatahi Bridge remains closed. The Council’s Traffic and Speed Bylaw requires heavy traffic to use the State Highway network under […]

Parks Week is almost here

Parks Week runs from 4-12 March 2017 and is being marked with some fantastical additions to some of the Whakatāne District’s public spaces. Warren Park in Whakatāne, Matatā Lagoon Reserve in Matatā and Edgecumbe Domain will all be turned into digital fantasy playgrounds with the ‘Magical Park’ mobile app for […]