Parking Goes Wrong for Elderly Woman
An elderly woman who struck a pedestrian and collided into a shop front has been left shaken from the ordeal. Police and ambulance were called to the CBD just after midday yesterday after the 83 year old mounted the kerb when attempting to park her car, hitting a woman who was walking on the footpath. Acting Sergeant Andrew Crockett says the 62 year old has probably suffered a broken leg. He says the woman made an error trying to angle park, and ran over her right foot, coming to rest at the door frame of a nearby retailer.
Council CEO Position to be Widely Advertised
Tauranga City's newly elected council now has the task of choosing its new Chief Executive. Stephen Town stepped down from his role at the end of September, to take up a position at the NZ Transport Agency. Mayor Stuart Crosby says it'll take about three months to come to a decision. He says they'll be advertising the position out in the market place in both New Zealand and Australia.
Winterly Conditions in Bay
Temperatures yesterday plummeted in the Bay of Plenty with reports of snow dustings along State Highway 36. A bitterly cold southerly affected most parts of the country with single digit temperatures in the city. Snow also fell along the Mamaku ranges, near Rotorua. Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan says it was a drastic turn from sunny, warm weather over the weekend. He says it is looking sunny for the coming weekend.
Service Station Pitching in for Charity
Bethlehem's new Shell service station will be donating one cent per litre for all fuel sold this month to five local charities. The fuel site officially launched yesterday and is inviting residents to vote for a preferred not-for-profit when filling their tanks.
Whales a Plenty
An enormous Blue Whale and her calf have been spotted off the Bay of Plenty coast. Butler's Swim with Whales and Dolphins' owner says they also spotted two more Blue Whales, several Minkes and a Bryde's whale. Graeme Butler estimates the female was bigger than his 60 foot launch. He says it's a once in a lifetime experience.
Hopes Sunshine Will Bring Back Shoppers
Mainstreet retailers are hoping sunny weather will encourage shoppers back to the CBD. Latest statistics for September show that nationally, electronic spending was up across all retail industries. But Mainstreet's Kirby Weiss says for retailers downtown, spending has been relatively steady. He hopes shoppers will make use of the beautiful open environment in the CBD as we enter the summer months.