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Think before you BIN it: how to safely dispose of dangerous items

Planning on getting rid of old paint, weedkiller, electronic goods, tyres or pool chemicals? Not a problem – just don’t chuck them in your rubbish bin

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Kristin Dunne, CEO Tourism Bay Of Plenty – growing the Bay with compassion

‘Growth’ is a word Bay of Plenty Tourism CEO Kristin Dunne lives and breathes, not just for the benefit of the region, but also for stretching her own learning.

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Whitewater stars: rafters win gold in Tibet

The NZ Women’s R4 Rafting team brought home gold medals from the Yushu World Rafting Plateau Championships held in Tibet in August.

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Striding out: accountant/lawyer to owner of Pole Gear NZ

We meet local women who have made the break and changed their careers.

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The Dawn Musher – NZ Dry Land Mushing

One Sunday mid-July, focus writer Millie Freeman arrived in Rotorua, pre-dawn, to watch a little-known sporting event taking place in the Kaingaroa Forest near Waiotapu, and chat with a Tauranga woman who is totally hooked.

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Striding out: customer service rep to mobile vet nurse

We meet local women who have made the break and changed their careers.

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Breast cancer awareness – two breast cancer survivors tell their stories

With breast cancer awareness month upon us, we are reminded, once again, that this disease is never far from our reach.

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Making babies, raising families – two women share their stories

Stories of two Bay of Plenty women who celebrate the birth of their children and who make up the wonderfully diverse blend of family life here in the Bay.

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Rahera Ohia – Assisting Māori into business ownership

Setting up a business on your own can be a daunting prospect. While many new initiatives flourish into successful enterprises, many of us forge ahead with lots of passion, only to be thwarted by setbacks.

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Rippling waters and ancient forest at Lake Waikaremoana

Despite living in the Bay of Plenty for 13 years, with Lake Waikaremoana virtually on our doorstep, I had never taken the opportunity to visit the area and enjoy hiking one of New Zealand’s Great Walks.

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