Kiwifruit Disease Discovered in the Bay
The Kiwifruit Association is hopeful a suspected vine-killing disease can be contained to only one orchard. Investigations are underway to determine whether the infection in the Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchard is Psa, a bacterial disease. President Peter Ombler says it could affect onshore production, and its trade partners - especially India and China which recognises it as a quarantine risk. Meanwhile Kiwifruit growers are being reassured by the government it's treating very seriously the discovery of the infection. Biosecurity minister David Carter says all necessary precautions have been put in place on the orchard to prevent the disease spreading. And Zespri is working overtime to ensure a new suspected kiwifruit vine disease remains just that... suspected. Zespri CEO Lain Jager says it's early days yet and final test results won't be out til Wednesday. He says they'll be sending out information packs designed to minimise any spread
Guy Fawkes Party held next to SPCA complex
Tauranga's SPCA is disturbed a group of residents had a Guy Fawkes "party" metres from its shelter over the weekend. Staff arrived on Sunday morning to masses of discarded and used fireworks on the road. SPCA spokesman Martin says it was just 200 metres from where their animals are housed. He says an American Bull terrier frightened from backyard fireworks died when he tried to escape over a fence, and got his collar stuck - choking himself to death. Martin says it was horrific for the Tauranga owner, who thought she was keeping the dog safe by having him play in the garden while she set off fireworks.
Bay of Plenty affected by Stock Rustling
Stock rustling could be happening under the noses of several Bay of Plenty farmers. It's been rampant in Hawkes Bay and in Taranaki. Federated Farmers Meat and Fibre Chairperson for the region, Rick Powdrell says it's extremely labour intensive to stock count everyday, but warns farmers to instead be extra vigilant. He says to be on the look out for thieves who could be stealing small numbers of stock that's been going unnoticed.
Tauranga Property Market Stagnant
There are little signs property values are improving in Tauranga, according to latest QV statistics for October. Unlike most other major centres the city didn't experience significant value gains in 2009 so values are now just 2.5 per cent below this time last year. They're still well below the market peak of late 2007. QV Valuations Spokesman, Russell Oliver says unrealistically priced property remains unsold in current conditions.
Cricket Bat Attack at the Mount
Mt Maunganui police are investigating a group attack on four victims with a cricket bat on Guy Fawkes. The altercation included offenders punching and kicking the victims who are in their late teens and early 20s. One was treated at Tauranga hospital for an injured arm. Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Blackwell says fortunately the injuries were relatively minor, but could have been far more serious.
October Spending in Tauranga up 6 percent
Retailers'tills have been ringing since the tax cuts and GST increase. Paymark says spending through October jumped in the Bay of Plenty. There were 4.83 million transactions last month that's up nearly 6 per cent from the same time last year.