Kiwifruit Growers on edge
Kiwifruit growers have a large task ahead of routinely checking vines for disease Psa. Hundreds gathered at the Orchard Church in Te Puke to raise concerns of disease spread through pollen, and shared machinery. Te Puke orchard owner John Jenson says it could have an enormous impact on local growers who have been in business for years. He says it's good to see a plan in place.
Meanwhile growers are being urged NOT to shut up shop. Zespri Chief Executive Lain Jager says it's about knowing how far it has spread and who it's affected. Meetings are being held today and tomorrow between growers and industry officials.
Counterfeit Operation dosen’t pay off
A Bay of Plenty man at the centre of a fake money operation has admitted to forging bank notes. 24 year old Andrew Chettle has appeared in the Tauranga District Court on one charge, after he was found with counterfeit $20, $50 and $100 notes in varying stages of production, in October. A police summary reveals the roofer also had a sheet of glass, cutting board, ruler, scissors and blades when his Mt Maunganui home was searched. He later admitted he'd made the notes using a photocopier and would use the good quality notes to make purchases. Chettle has been remanded in custody until sentencing in a weeks time.
Police urge the public to report suspicious activity
Bay of Plenty police say they need the public's help if they're to win the battle against drug offending. Police are encouraging people to report suspicious behaviour which could indicate a clan lab is operating in their neighbourhood. Detective Senior Sergeant Lindsay Pilbrow of the Organised Crime Squad says police have carried out a number of successful operations in the region this year. But he says they also rely on information from the public
Mt Maunganui Beach Still Safe
A fish expert says surfers shouldn't be put off the water after an extremely rare sighting of a Great White Shark near Mt Maunganui. The 6 metre beauty surfaced when a group of men were out fishing in their tinnie boat, over the weekend. Latest reports reveal the shark circled the boat for half an hour at the Tauranga Harbour Entrance. But Big Fish Owner Bruce Weston says it's highly likely it would have moved on to colder water.
Mt Maunganui Manhunt for Two offenders in Red Hatchback
Police are searching for two men, who may be armed with a pistol and knife and are driving a red Honda hatch back in the Mt Maunganui area. The two offenders described as slim build, wearing dark clothing and balaclavas entered a property opposite Bayfair stadium and confronted the two female occupants. They took off with cash, in one of the victim's cars. Detective Sergeant Darryl Brazier says anyone who sees the hatch back - registration number FPZ556 should not approach the vehicle. Anyone with information should contact police immediately.