Drivers Caught Speeding in School Zones
More than 500 drivers were caught speeding around Western Bay of Plenty schools between 11 and 15 October. The highest speed recorded in a 40km/h school zone was 60km/h and 72 in a 50 km/h School zone. Acting Senior Sergeant Mark Holmes of the Western Bay of Plenty Road Policing unit said 3434 of the vehicles that were monitored within school zones by the speed camera were at or below the speed limit and Police wanted to thank those drivers for taking extra care. Mr Holmes said it is important that all drivers are aware of the potential for disaster around schools, and consequently police will continue to monitor school zones throughout the school term.
Exercise to Test Tsunami Response
The Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group will be among those taking part in Exercise Tangaroa, a national tsunami response exercise, on Wednesday. Bay of Plenty CDEM Group Coordinating Executive Group Chair Diane Turner says the exercise is expected to begin early on Wednesday morning, with the region’s city, district and regional councils participating. “The exercise will provide the region with an excellent opportunity to test our readiness to respond and is being treated as a real event by all involved,” Ms Turner says.
Smoke Damage after Dishwasher Fire
A home in West ridge Drive received minor smoke damage after a dishwasher caught fire yesterday. The incident happened whilst the occupants were still at home, and they put out the blaze with a home fire extinguisher. By the time the Greerton fire service arrived the blaze had been extinguished. The fire was caused by an electrical fault but the fire service say its a timely reminder, you should never leave your home with the dishwasher operating, as plastic utensils can fall on to the hot drying elements.
Old Pub is Going Down
Work has started on demolishing the old Beach Street Pub at the top of Devonport Road. Work will take about four weeks. Car parking in the Elizabeth Street Car Park has been reduced and the access way to the waterfront is closed.
Sun Princess Kicks Off Cruise Ship Season
The first cruise ship of the season arrived in Port yesterday. The Sun Princess can carry up to two thousand passengers and has a crew of nine hundred, and will make ten visits to Tauranga over the summer period. It set sail just before six last night and is the first of 54 stopovers to be made by a number of different cruise ships over the the next six months.