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Tauranga News: Wednesday 24 November 2010

Mine Expert Frustrated with delays
A Bay of Plenty man with extensive search and rescue experience says he's one of many willing to enter the Pike River mine, for his "mates". The former director-general of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research says he's frustrated that no one has been allowed to enter to gather vital information for families, and the community. David Kear says people have been prepared to die for their mates for centuries - and those who want to help shouldn't be denied the opportunity. He says many men could have attempted to walk out of the mine, like the two who did, and have collapsed near the entry. Mr Kear says those men could still be waiting to be rescued.
 
Family Violence still a problem in the bay
Bay of Plenty police have admitted that sadly family violence is a fact of life for too many people in the community. As part of a White Ribbon Day - recognising the need to take a stand against violence towards women - a slew of activities will be held throughout the region. Senior Sergeant Warwick Morehu says the statistics for family violence are devastating - police attended over 8000 incidents between July 2009 and June this year.
New BOP Beverage set to impress RWC patrons
A locally produced alcohol beverage is expected to tantalise the taste-buds. 8thTRIBE, distilled in the Bay of Plenty, has just been launched and offers several iconic kiwi flavours like Kiwi Gold, and feijoa. Spokesman Tobi Deinlein says it'll spice up the spirit market here and add another flavour to the cocktail list. He hopes visitors during the Rugby World Cup will be hooked on the liqueur.

PSA virus burns a hole in orchardsists pockets
MAF says at least three hundred bags of infected kiwifruit vines are being burnt or buried a day to stop the progression of disease Psa. 61 orchards have now been tested positive for the disease. An incinerator has been set up at TECT Terrain park, just out of Tauranga, where the vines are being destroyed. Dr Doug Lush says it's a matter of urgency to dispose of the vines as quickly as possible.
He says outside of the Bay of Plenty they are being buried, deep underground. Meanwhile Zespri says it's looking at launching a formal research programme on Psa to better understand how the disease reacts in New Zealand. Executive Carol Ward says they've received hundreds of calls for alternative options to managing Psa that are not as harsh as copper spraying. She says there are lot of things still unknown.

Is your fridge cold enough?
Bay of Plenty residents are urged to think twice about the temperature of their refrigerators, following a survey revealing three out of four fridges are too warm. The recommended cool temperature range for food safety is between 2 and 4 degrees. Medical Officer of Health Dr Phil Shoemack says one of the most dangerous places to eat food is from some people's fridges.
National Jandal Day this Friday
Get your pennies out to help make the beach safe for summer. Bucket shakers will be on the streets next Friday for National Jandal Day with all proceeds going towards local surf clubs. Kids are encouraged to jazz up their jandals and pull them out to wear for the day.

Vercoe Dream comes true
The first anniversary of the death of Bay of Plenty regional councillor Hawea Vercoe has been marked at a moving ceremony at Lake Rotoiti. A memorial has been held with a powhiri at Mr Vercoe's school Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Rotoiti. It was followed by the unveiling and blessing of a memorial garden, and the launch of a floating wetland at Lake Rotoiti. Acting School Principal Tammy Gardiner says the floating wetland was one of Mr Vercoe's aspirations.

Posted: Wed 24 Nov 2010

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