Police: Wear Your Seatbelt, Drive to Conditions
Police are sending an urgent reminder to wear your seatbelt and drive to the conditions, after a head on collision Tuesday night. The incident happened along State Highway 36 in the Bay of Plenty. Four people were taken to hospital with injuries, one passenger suffered a broken leg and another had serious chest injuries. Senior Sergeant Mark Holmes says they're not ruling out speed or alcohol as a factor for the crash. There's been 12 deaths on the roads in the Western Bay of Plenty this year, and alcohol was a factor in half of the fatal accidents.
Teachers Call off Strike
There's a collective sigh of relief from Bay of Plenty school principals and students as the plug is pulled on a planned strike today. PPTA secondary school teachers decided earlier this week to stop this week's industrial action because of a new offer from the Ministry of Education. Western Bay of Plenty spokesman Jason Smythe says they're not crying victory yet - there are still strike actions planned, and a ban on meetings on after school hours. He says it's a wait and see game.
Concern over Holiday Park Trouble
Police have warned a holiday park where a man was fatally stabbed four years ago, of discerning short term stayers that may be causing problems. It's after a spate of incidents at Papamoa Village Park that have been brought to police attention. According to a resident, there's been escalating unruly behaviour, including domestic violence, drug use, prostitutes and gang affiliates. He says one man who failed to pay his rent, spent the night in the cells for threatening others. The resident says it's intimidating, and is questioning how long he'll continue on at the park. Acting officer in charge Dean Woller says although they're not aware of any specific incidents, he says they've met with the owners to push the need to attract better clientele.
Iwi has Facts Wrong - DHB
The Bay of Plenty DHB says Ngai Te Rangi has the facts wrong by declaring Tauranga's mortuary is closing. The DHB on Friday announced its hospital autopsy room would close and as a result three autopsies a week would be undertaken outside of the city. Iwi spokesman Stanley Paora has since accused the DHB of cost cutting and says it will have a huge impact on the ageing population of New Zealand's fifth largest city. DHB CEO Phil Cammish says they're not prepared to enter into a debate with Mr Stanley through the media. He says it's obvious from his comments that at the time of sending out his press release, he hadn't acquainted himself with the facts.
Gallery to Host Exclusive Book Launch
Harrisons Gallery is honoured it'll be the host of the exclusive launch of a contemporary art reference book. Well-known New Zealand authority in contemporary art, Denis Robinson, will be presenting his latest book ‘New Zealand Gallery’ at Harrisons this coming Wednesday. Signed copies will be available for purchase.