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Forest Rescue Now A Vital Service For Mountain Bike Riders

Forest Rescue Now A Vital Service For Mountain Bike Riders

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Forest Rescue Now A Vital Service For Mountain Bike Riders

Forest Rescue Now A Vital Service For Mountain Bike Riders   As Charlotte Hamilton lay in excruciating pain on the floor of Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Forest, she thought she might be paralysed. “Initially I couldn’t feel...

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Life Returns To Aongatete Forest

Life Returns To Aongatete Forest

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Life Returns To Aongatete Forest

Life Returns To Aongatete Forest New Zealand’s native forests should be dark, with green shoots and seeds scattered across the forest floor and sunlight struggling to break through the dense canopy. They should also be extremely noisy; the...

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Second Chance Given to Opotiki Youth

Second Chance Given to Opotiki Youth

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Second Chance Given to Opotiki Youth

Second Chance Given to Opotiki Youth You don’t often get second chances in life but hundreds of young people in Opotiki are getting back into education thanks to an innovative support programme. Whakaatu Whanaunga Trust helps around 80...

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Te Puke Teens Push Themselves To The Edge

Te Puke Teens Push Themselves To The Edge

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Te Puke Teens Push Themselves To The Edge

Te Puke Teens Push Themselves To The Edge Rugby legend Jonah Lomu once said to get through the toughest periods of his life, he had to look within. “I don’t give up. Never have, never will.” That quote is now inscribed on...

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Safe Surfer

Safe Surfer

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Protecting BOP Kids From Internet Pornography

Protecting BOP Kids From Internet Pornography   Rory Birkbeck and Aaron Sinclair are both smart guys. Together they have over 30 years’ combined experience in IT but even they couldn’t find a simple product that would...

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Western Heights

Western Heights

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Western Heights Champions Help Shape Community’s Future

Western Heights Champions Help Shape Community’s Future                 Pictured: Owen Roberts and Veena Kameta   Veena Kameta knows the Rotorua suburb of Western...

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New Whanau Mentoring Programme Set To Launch In Tauranga

New Whanau Mentoring Programme Set To Launch In Tauranga

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New Whanau Mentoring Programme Set To Launch In Tauranga

New Whanau Mentoring Programme Set To Launch In Tauranga Child poverty is a big issue in New Zealand but it’s impossible to help our vulnerable youngsters by focussing on their needs alone. That’s why the Salvation Army is launching a...

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Helping Taupos Rural Residents Look Out For One Another

Helping Taupos Rural Residents Look Out For One Another

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Helping Taupo’s Rural Residents Look Out For One Another

Helping Taupo’s Rural Residents Look Out For One Another Joy Johnson knows there are many reasons why rural residents don’t bother to call police when a burglary occurs or stock goes missing. “They think it’ll take police...

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Kawerau Food Forest

Kawerau Food Forest

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Kawerau’s Food Forest Will Reap Fruits Of Its Success

Kawerau’s Food Forest Will Reap Fruits Of Its Success Hannah Edwardson is already imagining what Kawerau will be like when everyone can pick fresh fruit, berries, nuts and herbs to eat from their local reserve. “We want people to climb...

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Curtainbank Shuts Out The Cold

Curtainbank Shuts Out The Cold

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Curtainbank Shuts Out The Cold

Curtainbank Shuts Out The Cold Pulling the curtains closed each night is a simple task most of us take for granted. But not everyone has the luxury of thermal-lined curtains to keep their homes warm and dry. In fact, a shocking number of Rotorua...

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Tackling the Digital Divide in the Eastern Bay of Plenty

Tackling the Digital Divide in the Eastern Bay of Plenty

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Tackling the ‘Digital Divide’ in the Eastern Bay of Plenty

Today’s youngsters are often called ‘digital natives’ – in other words, they’ve grown up with the internet and instinctively know how to use technology. But that’s not the case in every community. A...

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More Night Owls Appearing All Over Tauranga

More Night Owls Appearing All Over Tauranga

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More Night Owls Appearing All Over Tauranga

 

Kimberley Cleland loves seeing the joy on people’s faces when they go to a Night Owl cinema event for the first time.  “There’s something a little bit magic about being outside, huddled under the stars together, enjoying a...

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BayTrust commits to the Sport BOP

BayTrust commits to the Sport BOP

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BayTrust commits to the Sport BOP Coachforce programme for a further 3 years >

BayTrust has just approved 44 grants to different community groups across the region in their December funding round worth a total of $2.4m. Sport Bay of Plenty is the largest recipient and will now get $552,500 annually for the next three years (an...

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Helping Young Workers Avoid Workplace Headaches

Helping Young Workers Avoid Workplace Headaches

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Helping Young Workers Avoid Workplace Headaches >

Helping Young Workers Avoid Workplace Headaches What can you do if your employer suddenly cuts your hours? When are you entitled to sick leave? What are the rules around 90 day trial periods? These are questions workers of all...

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Christmas Comes Early For Turangi This Year

Christmas Comes Early For Turangi This Year

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Christmas Comes Early For Turangi This Year >

Christmas Comes Early For Turangi This Year by YVONNE BALDOCK on 30 NOVEMBER 2015 in ALL, GOOD NEWS Few small towns can attract an international recording star to their annual Christmas event. But Turangi has 50 years...

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Legal Problems Are A Piece Of Cake

Legal Problems Are A Piece Of Cake

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Legal Problems Are A Piece Of Cake At Baywide Community Law >

Baywide Community Law looks like any other professional law firm – except clients often ‘pay’ for legal services with donations of home-baked cakes or potted plants instead of money. The law centre caters for people who cannot afford...

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Renewed Energy and Enthusiasm

Renewed Energy and Enthusiasm

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Renewed Energy and Enthusiasm For Whakatane Bluelight >

Keeping kids busy goes a long way to keeping them out of trouble – and the Bluelight programme run by Whakatane Police is certainly doing just that. The region’s new Bluelight co-ordinator, Richard Hamer, took up the role 18 months ago and...

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Why Rotorua Youth Love FreeParking

Why Rotorua Youth Love FreeParking

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Why Rotorua Youth Love FreeParking >

Why Rotorua Youth Love FreeParking by YVONNE BALDOCK on 7 OCTOBER 2015 in ALL, GOOD NEWS Rotorua youth worker Maraea Pomana knows she can build a much better relationship with kids on the basketball court than she can...

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