Tauranga News: Monday 22 November 2010

Kiwifruit Growers accept $50 Million Virus Management Package
Kiwifruit growers have accepted a $50 million dollar joint package to aggressively manage disease Psa. Part of the package will require growers to prune back vines - showing the worst symptoms - to just above the graft. Zespri Chief Executive Lain Jager has admitted a Government contribution- which'll see worst affected gold growers receiving up to $95-thousand dollars - isn't generous to orchardists.

Meanwhile the kiwifruit giant is urging organic growers to adopt harsh medicine to try contain disease Psa. It says unfortunately the disease is not limited to just gold and green orchards - but organic as well. Kiwifruit Growers Association President Peter Ombler says it's about doing what it takes to protect your orchard. He says he was with an organic grower last week when he had to apply harsh copper spray. Mr Ombler  says although it's upsetting for some the first priority is saving your vines.

Police Urge Caution around Cyclists
Western Bay of Plenty police are urging motorists to SHARE the roads with cyclists. It's after a spate of cyclist fatalities nationwide as thousands hit the roads in the gear up to Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. Acting Senior Sergeant Mark Holmes says to be safe cyclists should use dedicated lanes throughout the city. He says they should make sure they're visible, and are always wearing a helmet for protection, as mistakes can often be fatal.

Tauranga Eastern Link Work Begins
Construction on the Bay of Plenty's most costly roading project has officially begun. It'll still be five years before the Tauranga Eastern Link - a four lane highway that bypasses Te Puke through to the city - will be opened. The $500 million dollar project is set to boost at least 200 jobs into the region. NZTA says it will improve economic efficiency by reducing travel times, and improve safety for road users.

Tauranga new home of VNC Cocktails Export Centre
A kiwi beverages export company has opened it's global manufacturing centre in Tauranga. VnC says it's chosen the city for its skilled workforce and access to the Port of Tauranga. Executive Chairman Andrew Walker says it's on track to quadruple exports through the port by 2015 and boost it's local workforce to nearly 50 staff. He says the company aims to become a major player in the Bay of Plenty business community. The company has just partnered with major internation airline Etihad Airways, to be their sole supplier of cocktails.

Water Sustainability Strategy Developed
A water sustainability strategy has been developed for the Western Bay of Plenty. It draws on science which identifies long-term water requirements, water short and water rich areas in the Bay. Bay of Plenty Regional Council spokeswoman Raewyn Bennett says it'll improve information to the community and promote a shared responsibility for management of the resource. She says they want to find a balance between the amount of water available and the demands for water. Ms Bennett says population growth and intensification of land use is increasing demand for water.

Goldens Sands Walkway to be completed this week
A new walkway in Tauranga will be completed this week. The transport link through Wairakei Drainage Reserve is expected to be of huge benefit to the new Golden Sands Primary School - to be opened in February.It runs between Golden Sands Drive and Emerald Shores Drive. Tauranga City Council says the next stage of the walkway is being planned.

Posted: Mon 22 Nov 2010






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