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Tauranga News: Tuesday 16 November 2010

Full MAF Resources allocated to Kiwifruit Virus
Zespri says it needs to act aggressively to manage the spread of Psa as people's livelihoods are at stake. A cautionary notice has been sent to growers against the use of artificial pollen and 14 orchards are now under quarantine. Spokeswoman Carol Ward says historic leaf samples show no evidence of Psa. She says it's a threat to the billion dollar industry and cannot make decisions lightly. Carol ward says there is still a huge number of questions they cannot answer at this time. A kiwifruit grower from one of the worst affected orchards in Te Puke says several scientists were stumped when he first noticed leaf spotting back in October.
Russell West says he doubts whether his neighbours will let him onto their property after the findings. He says he contacted private horticulturists who then contacted MAF.The Government is expecting to commit millions of dollars to containing and controlling the kiwifruit disease PSA. Biosecurity Minister David Carter says the issue is a priority for MAF and all resources are being pumped into it. Mr Carter says it's becoming clear that eradication is going to be difficult, but he's not completely ruling it out.

Possum Man Sought
Papamoa police are searching for a man seen walking a pet-possum along the beach before attempting to lure children into his vehicle. At least three members of the public have come forward after they were approached by the man - a caucasian and in his 50s - last week. Senior Sergeant Mark Pakes says there was some confusion as they initially thought the man may have had a stuffed possum that he was showing children.He says his behaviour is extremely concerning.

Manslaughter Charge for Teenager
A Bay of Plenty teenager charged with manslaughter after a fatal car crash in July has been further remanded on bail.18 year old Richard Emery has appeared in the Tauranga District Court on four charges after allegedly driving the vehicle that ploughed off a bridge and into a stream near Te Puke. Judas Ace Witeri - one of six passengers - died at the scene. Judge Ingram has remanded Emery until the 29th November to allow more time extension for a crash analyst report to be prepared.

Several Car Parks to be removed in Tauranga CBD
37 waterfront car parks are being removed this month to make the area more accessible for cyclists and walkers.The Tauranga City Council says it has discussed the removal with Mainstreet retailers and restaurants and will be installing new public seating in that area.

Posted: Tue 16 Nov 2010

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