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Tuesday 5 October 2010

More Charges Likely for Drug Accused Man
A man facing a raft of drug charges has been further remanded in custody. Wallace Bramley faces nine charges including possession of methamphetamine for supply, and conspiring to deal the illicit drug. A bail application to be electronically monitored was put on hold, as police have indicated more charges could be laid. Bramley is due back in court at the end of October, where he's likely to face fresh charges. Police last week wrapped up a major operation that significantly disrupted supply of the drug P to the Bay of Plenty region.

Residents Urged to Vote
Be part of a true democracy and vote. That's the message being sent by election officers at the Tauranga City Council. Spokeswoman Yvonne Tatton says they've received less voting papers so far, than at the same time three years ago. She says those confused as to who to vote for, can check out their profiles online at the council's website. Meanwhile in the Western Bay of Plenty voting is up on last elections. As of yesterday twenty five percent of residents enrolled to vote, had done so. The largest proportion were Waihi Beach residents, with a turn out of 33.6 per cent. Only 37.4 percent of those enrolled to vote, actually voted three years ago.

Kiwifruit Companies Plan Merger
A possible merger of two Bay of Plenty kiwifruit companies will see a fully grower's owned co-operative. Satara Co-operative Group and Eastpack are planning to join forces. Each company requires the approval of shareholders for the deal, which involves a cash and share issue. Satara investor shareholders are being offered $1.25 per share and transactor shareholders in Satara, one-to-one equity stake in Eastpack. Conditions include 75% shareholder approval of each entity as well as bank finance approval. Details of the offer will be released in a prospectus next month.

Million Dollar Upgrade for Pump Station
The NZTA has awarded a million dollar contract to expand a stormwater pumping station, preceding main construction of the Tauranga Eastern Link. The Diagonal Drain Pump Station is one of six projects and will discharge storm water from the lower Kaituna catchment area to the river. HEB Construction Limited will upgrade the existing pump station, at a cost of $1.75 million. NZTA spokesman Harry Wilson says the tender award is a significant step in preparing the way for the main Eastern Link construction contract.

Gold Kiwifruit has Multiple Benefits
Research has revealed Gold kiwifruit is an iron rich food that can be beneficial to babies, pregnant women and athletes who are anaemic. Findings released in the British Journal of Nutrition demonstrate that when the fruit is eaten with breakfast cereal it can increase a person's iron status. Zespri says the Gold variety is already known to have high levels of Vitamin C and carotenoids that both potentially aid the uptake of iron. Massey University's Dr Cath Conlon says it's important as it proves women can better manage their energy and iron levels by incorporating the nation's fruit into their diets.

Fishing Season All Go
Hundreds of boats peppered the horizon over the weekend, marking the beginning of fishing season. The 1st of October also opened fresh water fishing season in other parts of the Bay of Plenty. Big Fish Bait and Tackle’s Bruce Weston says fishermen were delayed because of bad weather that battered the city two weeks ago. He says it's all go now, and many are coming up with good results when fishing at beaches for snapper.

Posted: Tue 05 Oct 2010

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