The Rotorua Daily Post is taking a look at the stories that happened in 2017. The following are some of the big local news events from August.

- A video of a head-bunting sheep uploaded to YouTube three years ago by Rotorua's Tuscany MacDonald goes viral. (August 2)

- It was revealed Rotorua's Mudtopia could stand to lose more than $500,000 in its first year following negative public reaction to the purchase of $90,000 of South Korean mud by Rotorua Lakes Council. (August 4). Four days later, the council cancelled the mud purchase.

- Kelly Albrecht and Steve Pinder took home the Harcourts Dancing with the Stars trophy with a high energy jive. (August 7)

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- It was announced the collective Waka Whakamua was to be launched, made up of 30 providers, businesses, churches and organisations who will work together to deliver services supporting and strengthening youth, whanau, and the wider community. (August 11)

Collective leaders Israel Hawkins, (left), Amanda Brake, Bella Moke, Rachael Payne, and Teresa Hawkins. Photo/Ben Fraser
Collective leaders Israel Hawkins, (left), Amanda Brake, Bella Moke, Rachael Payne, and Teresa Hawkins. Photo/Ben Fraser

- Rotorua Girls' High School principal Ally Gibbons got the chance to revisit Crete where her grandfather fought in World War II, while chaperoning a group of students. (August 24)

- The Miss Rotorua 2017 pageant cops criticism online, but those involved said it was about more than just being a pretty face. (August 25)

- A false report of a man with a gun led to armed police cordoning off a large part of Rotorua's CBD and the evacuation of the Community Corrections building. (August 31)