Anti-Smoking Suggestions Outrage Community Retailers Group
The chairman of a community retailers group fears proposed changes to the sale of tobacco and cigarettes will pose increased security risks in the Bay of Plenty. The Association of Community Retailers is outraged at an inquiry report by the Maori Affairs select committee, which suggests banning tobacco displays in shops and using plain packaging. It also recommends outlawing smoking in cars and public places. Chair Richard Green says if the plan to make New Zealand smokefree by 2025 goes ahead, it'll be frontline staff at risk. Meanwhile the Cancer Society in the Bay of Plenty says it's important that improvements on Tobacco Control are made now, in order to beat addiction. It says smoking is extremely prevalent and a way around this is to ‘de-normalise’ it.
Man Charged over Alleged Hammer Assault
A 60 year old man has been charged for the alleged assault with a hammer in the Lower Kaimas on Monday. The 65 year old victim received cuts and bruising to his shoulder and rib cage as well as a knocked out tooth. He also received extensive damage to his car during the attack. It's been reported the victim was at the address on business, to serve a legal notice. The alleged offender will be appearing in the Tauranga District Court on Monday.
Few Fireworks Incidents Reported
Police say it's been a lucky run so far with fireworks incidents in Tauranga. They've only attended a few calls because of noise issues. Senior Sergeant Rob Glencross says fireworks do pose a risk to properties and animals so people need to be aware of their surroundings. He says until the sale of fireworks is completely banned, people need to be considerate. Meanwhile the fire service is urging residents not to stockpile because of sale restrictions. It says people shouldn't be tempted to hoard for later in the year.
Police Custodial Facilities Strengthened
Police have strengthened custodial management systems and processes at police stations in the Bay of Plenty. It's after the death of a man in custody at Rotorua police station two years ago. Anthony McGuire took his own life after he was not searched before entering the police cells. An Independent Police Conduct Authority report has found several officers breached their duty of care. Rotorua Area Commander Inspector Bruce Horne says police have learnt from the case, and a new custodial facility has enhanced prisoner and officer safety. He says there's also now a sole focus on prisoner management, who are constantly monitored by line of sight.
Man who Shot Other Avoids Jail
A 23 year old Tauranga man who shot another in the thigh with a sawn off rifle, has been sentenced to home detention. Rikki-Lee Grimstrup-Corbett has been convicted on three charges in the Tauranga District Court after the physical altercation back in August. According to police documents, the musician went into his home and loaded the firearm, before asking the man to leave. When he refused, Grimstrup-Corbett shot him. He was also found to be in possession of 18 tinnies that were found in a coffin in his lounge and a large sum of cash. Judge Rollo says the man admitted that spending the last two months in custody was sobering and has avoided jail because of his previous good character.
Kayaker Set to Paddle NZ Coastline
A Tauranga kayaker who's attempting to paddle solo around New Zealand says the biggest challenge will be the weather and the threat of injury. Tim Taylor is just three weeks from embarking on a record setting attempt along 5,500 kilometres of coastline. He'll be travelling at least 90km a day, and hopes it'll take six months to complete the journey.
Gallery Exhibition a Homage to Nature
Harrisons Gallery is celebrating spring weather with a homage to nature. The "Forms of Nature- A tribue to Spring" art exhibition opens today. Featured artists include international photographic artist Greg Miller-Hard and floral painter Mary Mulholland. Manager Durrelle Green says the exhibition celebrates flora and fauna in all its forms.
Live to Play Hailed a Success
The Tauranga City Council says it's had another successful Live to Play month. It says thousands took part in events that utilised parks and reserves in the community. Spokesman Marcel Currin says they didn't anticipate such a huge turnout for a glow worm walk. He says there was over 500 participants - a massive increase on last year.