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Monday 8 November 2010

Police Workplace Survey Released
Archive photoJust over half of officers in the Bay of Plenty feel they're working for an effective organisation. The finding has emerged from this year's Police Workplace Survey. It shows just 17 per cent of police are engaged in their jobs, well below the State Sector benchmark of nearly 24 percent. Only 53.7 per cent of officer believe their contribution is valued in NZ Police. However nearly three quarters belive the work they perform make use of their knowledge and skills.

Bay Woman Protests Japanese Whaling
Archive photoA Mt Maunganui documentary maker is hoping the Bay of Plenty will join her plight to stop Japanese whaling in the South-Pacific sanctuary. Amy Taylor led a march up Auckland City on Friday, handing over a "kiwi" whale-watching experience to the Japanese Consulate General. It was part of hundreds of staged protests around New Zealand. The researcher who tracked Moku the dolphin says it's important the region joins.

Guy Fawkes Sparkes Few Major Callouts
Archive photoThe fire service says Guy Fawkes was relatively uneventful over the weekend. There were no major fireworks related callouts on Friday and Saturday. Senior Station Officer Nigel Liddicoat says good behaviour can be put down to stricter laws on sales. He says it's important to keep a bucket of water handing for used fireworks, if you're thinking of letting any off this week.

BOP Police Soon with Facebook Page
Archive photoBay of Plenty police is hoping a Facebook page will help victims engage with officers, for the very first time. They're only three weeks away from launching a page to send instant messages to the public. It'll inform holiday makers flocking to the region about road closures and liquor bans. Spokeswoman Jacky James says there is a risk of privacy involved, but it could mean victims feel easier contacting police.

Get Water Savvy with TCC
Archive photoThe Tauranga City Council is hoping to help customers cut costs to bills by becoming more water savvy. It’s offering a new service to personally meet with residents with high bills, to check where they are wasting water. Spokeswoman Christine Keith says it means customers don't have to call a plumber before knowing if you really have a leak.

Bus and Parking Initative Launched to Help CBD
Downtown TaurangaSeveral initiatives have been launched to attract people back to Tauranga's CBD. It's after months of urgent pleas from businesses along The Strand. A free Bay Hopper bus will be available on Saturdays during November into and out of the city centre as well as free parking in the city car park buildings. $1 Mondays in parking buildings will be launched, where people can park up to three hours for only $1, until January 17.

Posted: Mon 08 Nov 2010

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