Pohutukawa Traps Car
A car that careered off the road on Sunday was found wedged underneath a Pohutukawa tree. Emergency services were called to 15th Avenue at around 3.30am when the car failed to take a right hand turn and crashed. Senior Station Officer Nigel Liddicoat says luckily, it stopped just short of the ocean. He says for safety reasons they used the jaws of life to pry the vehicle apart. The two passengers were taken to hospital for minor to moderate injuries.
Police Defend Top Job Appointment
Police are defending the appointment of a former superintendent to a top job in London. Former Bay of Plenty district commander Gary Smith was the subject of sexual harassment allegations. Deputy commissioner Rob Pope says a comprehensive and thorough review supports Superintendent Smith's suitability for a senior role.
Number Block Aims to Stop Text Bullies
A Waihi woman who's son took his own life, is supporting a new technology that aims to stop teenagers being harassed by text bullies. The new service by Vodafone will allow cell phone users to block up to 20 numbers. According to reports the mother of a Katikati College student, Heather Powell, believes her 15 year old son took his own life after misinterpreting a series of text messages from two teenage girls who indicated they were part of a suicide pact. He was found dead in the school's toilet blocks and it was later ruled the texts were a significant factor in the lead up to his suicide.
La Nina Summer in Store for Bay
The Bay of Plenty is in for an interesting summer. According to Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan we are currently experiencing a moderate La Nina event. That's expected to get stronger which means a risk of sub-tropical storms, mixed with hot, humid days.
Lifeguard of The Year ‘In it For Life’
A Papamoa Surf Lifesaver who's just been awarded lifeguard of the year says he lives by the motto ‘in it for life’. Shaun Smith has been recognised for his life-long dedication to the service at the BP Surf Rescue Awards. He says it's part of a passion that definitely runs in his family, as his son has also picked up a big award nationally for surf lifesaving. Mr Smith says to celebrate he went for a swim. Fellow Papamoa Lifeguard Kurt Wilson recently won Coach of the Year in Surf Lifesaving.