Tauranga News: Thursday 11 November 2010

Kiwifruit Virus Spreads

There's uncertainty whether kiwifruit growers will be compensated if their infected orchards have to be eradicated. Three Bay of Plenty orchards are now under quarantine - a total of 43 hectares where Psa is present. A further 18 orchards are being investigated for the disease.Minister David Carter says at this stage they don't have all the answers. Zespri says it's a small miracle Psa has hit at the end of the season as there'll be little affect on kiwifruit workers.

Chief Executive Lain Jager says they're still urging growers to keep their orchards open - which is good news on the employment front. Western Bay of Plenty Mayor says the spread of Psa in Kiwifruit Orchards could be a huge backwards step for the local economy. Emergency meetings have been held between officials and growers in Te Puke to try and ascertain how far the spread is. Mayor Ross Paterson says it's devastating for the thousands who are employed in the industry, locally.

Bay of Plenty Winemaker wins award

Local wine-maker Steve Bird is continuing his golden sweep and has picked up another gold medal. 2009 Bird Big BArrel Pinot Noir is produced through Vernou Roll Fermentation - a sustainable practise that ensures the delicate flavours and aromas are preserved. It won the Pure Gold Medal at the Air NZ awards. Mr Bird says securing a win helps in the extremely competitive market.

Tauranga Crucial to RWC Tourism

Tauranga has one of the most important roles in the Rugby World Cup.That's the opinion of Rugby World Cup CEO Martin Sneddon who's touring the country looking at the tournaments progress. He's re-affirming the importance of smaller centres who aren't hosting games, but are hosting teams. Mr Sneddon says these regions have the biggest affect on boosting future tourism for the country.

Local road to be extended

A section of Kaituna road will be extended this month to provide access for properties cut off from the Tauranga Eastern link. It'll include relocating utilities and building a new storm water drainage stem.

BOP Drink Driving Statistics Alarming

Bay of Plenty police say there are still far too many people in the region who chose to drink and drive. A Transport Ministry survey of road safety attitudes reveals 40 percent of motorists nationwide think there's only a small chance they'll be caught drink driving. Road Policing Manager Inspector Kevin Taylor says drink driving continues to be a major cause of trauma on Bay of Plenty roads. He says many drivers still think it's a game to play to avoid checkpoints. 

Posted: Thu 11 Nov 2010






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