Reward Offered to Find Mural Taggers
A reward is being offered by the Tauranga District Council to find the culprits responsible of tagging a mural at Greerton Library. The Matariki mural was painted by Dan Tippet, local artist Jayson Gardiner and the Bos Crew. It was badly damaged on Friday night and had to be painted over yesterday.
Kindies Face Funding Shortfall
Early Childhood centres in Tauranga are hoping to engage with parents over a huge funding shortfall by staging an ‘eighty-percent’ day. On the first of November centres in New Zealand will receive their entitled funding, reduced from 100 to 80 percent. Principal of Tauranga's Kindergarten Association Peter Monteith says as an attempt to highlight the issue in the community they will do things only at eighty-percent on the day - like teaching without wearing shoes. He says industrial action would be ineffective as they need the parents onside. Meanwhile many centres are facing the possibility of closure. Matua Plunket Kindergarten, which has been in operation for 30 years, says each centre is losing more than 45 thousand dollars. Manager Tracey Giacon says they need to act sooner rather than later, and expects to see a decline in centres in the next year.
New District Commander Appointed
A new district commander has been provisionally appointed for the Bay of Plenty. Police Commissioner has announced Inspector Glenn Dunbier will take over the role. He's currently Area Commander for the Eastern Waikato area. Superintendent Dunbier joined the police in 1985 in Papakura and has served in Auckland, Wellington/Lower Hutt and the Waikato. He has experience in both general duties and criminal investigations. A start date is to be confirmed.
Alleged Sex Offender Remanded on Bail
A Bay of Plenty man facing a raft of sexual abuse charges against girls under 16, has been further remanded on bail. 41 year old Richard Clarke, from Welcome Bay, has appeared in the Tauranga District Court on 42 charges. It includes a charge of travelling to meet a young person for sexual grooming. Court documents reveal some of the allegations relate to incidents complainants say occurred throughout the Bay of Plenty and in Auckland between December and July this year - and also incidents that occurred ten years ago. Clarke has been remanded for a post committal conference in two weeks time.
‘Action Group’ to Battle Autopsy Room Closure
Several business owners, organisations and individuals have joined forces in an attempt to reverse the sudden closure of Tauranga Hospital's autopsy room. The ‘action group’ which met last week, will focus on a long term battle to find an alternative solution. Group convener Paora Stanley says losing the room makes the mortuary limited in its use.
War Veterans’ Final Tourney
At least one hundred of New Zealand War Veterans are hanging up their gloves after twenty-five years of playing bowls. This year's King Empire Veterans National Annual outdoor bowling tournament in Tauranga is to be the last - because the average competitor is now 82 years old. Tournament Treasurer Brian Darrow says members of the association, must have served in a theatre of war, which makes for interesting conversation. He says the day starts traditionally with a rum and milk - like they drank during wartime in the trenches.