Road Crash Statistics Released
There were a devastating nine fatal accidents on Western Bay of Plenty roads in 2009 - the seventh worst district in the country. According to latest statistics released by the Ministry of Transport there were 183 crashes in Tauranga, and a 133 in the Western Bay. Of these, 10 were fatal. The figures also reveal there were 15 accidents with pedestrians, 32 crashes with cyclists and 37 motorcycle crashes. That adds another 3 to the road toll in the Western Bay of Plenty and Tauranga for 2009.
Official Opening for The Men’s Shed
A workshop that brings together retired men to work on handmade projects for the community officially opens today in Tauranga. ‘The Men's Shed’ offers men over 65 the opportunity to get out of the house, and doing something with their hands - whether it be building picnic tables, or restoring cars. All tools and materials have been donated by residents. Tutor, David Harper says age should be no barrier. Meanwhile Tauranga Hospital has jumped aboard the scheme. Its Mental Health Services for older people has been using The Men's Shed weekly. Spokeswoman Catherine Hyde says at least six of the men have been released from hospital because their health has improved dramatically.
Woman Drives Through Shop Window
A middle aged woman has leg and neck injuries after driving through a shop window at Gate Pa shopping centre. Emergency services were called to the scene yesterday at 11am after reports a woman was trapped in her car after smashing into the Coin Save store. The 67 year old - believed to be a regular customer - failed to stop when attempting to park. Fire service Senior Station Officer Mark Keller says they had to cut the side of the car to free her. Police are investigating the cause of crash.
Legal Paua Hard to Find
The Ministry of Fisheries says there are next to no legal sized paua anywhere on the Coromandel. It's after an incident over the weekend where a group of three were caught by fisheries officers with 56 illegally sized paua. Field Operations Manager for the region Brendon Mikkelsen says in another incident a group of pipi gatherers were caught with 858 pipi - more than 5 and half times over the combined legal limit.
Tauranga Accused of 'Stealing Tourists’
Tourism Bay of Plenty says claims Tauranga is stealing tourists from rival city Rotorua, is rubbish. Several stories have emerged explaining where tourists aboard cruise ships coming into the Port of Tauranga are spending their pennies. There's also been some suggestion that the sea-side city needs to ‘lifts its profile’ to take back some of the 200 million dollar market from Rotorua. But Tourism Bay of Plenty General Manager Tim Burgess disagrees and says it's evenly spread. He says while thousands of domestic visitors flock to Tauranga for the beaches - equal numbers are making the journey to Rotorua for its tourism opportunities.