Woman Found Dead in Burnt Out Car
Bay of Plenty police are investigating the death of a 44 year old woman, who was found in a burnt out car yesterday morning. Officers were called to Whakamarama around 9am where they found the vehicle on private property. Senior Sergeant Eddie Lyttle says they are waiting on the results of a post mortem to rule the cause of death. He says it's too early to draw any conclusions. The death has been referred to the coroner.
Eastern Link Project Creates New Jobs
Early construction of a 455 million dollar four lane toll road in the Bay of Plenty will pump a heap of jobs into the region. The Tauranga Eastern link, the region's largest and most costly roading project, is a key transport corridor from Paengaroa to Tauranga. It'll bypass Te Puke, a notorious area for crashes, and reduce 24 minutes of travel time. Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby says it potentially could pull this region out of the recession.
Bay Businesses in Best Workplace Awards Finals
Three Bay of Plenty businesses are finalists in New Zealand's Best workplace awards. The competition surveyed 31,000 employees from organisations across the country on how they rate their employers. Footsteps Education, Brookfield New World and Sport Bay of Plenty all made the cut.
Bayfair Revamp Complete
The new-look Bayfair will be officially launched next week. The 15 million dollar refurbishment is complete, it now boasts a new entrance, and several new retailers. Bay of Plenty MP Tony Ryall who'll be in town for the launch says it continues to create opportunities for the region. He says businesses will profit of the huge surge of tourists into the city, which is plugged as a shopping destination.
SPCA Aims for Balloon Dog Record
Tauranga's SPCA is holding to dress rehearsal for a world record attempt to create the highest number of balloon dogs twisted in an hour. Manager Margaret Rawhiri says they will open the animal shelter especially for the event, this Sunday from 10 until 2pm.
Waihi Mining to Continue
Western Bay of Plenty Mayor Mayor Ross Paterson says it's a huge relief mining will continue in Waihi until 2014. Newmont Gold is planning on opening up three new veins of gold-bearing ore up to 330 metres deep and costing a cool 122 million per year. It'll provide 184 jobs for the region, as well as pump millions into the economy. Mayor Ross Paterson says it is huge as it will continue to pour jobs into the district.