Police Seek Assault Witnesses
Tauranga police are urgently seeking information on a serious assault in the CBD last week. The assault took place outside The Grumpy Mole Bar in the early hours of Sunday 26th of September. The 22 year old victim was knocked to the ground and kicked unconscious by several males. He was treated in Tauranga Hospital for facial and head injuries. Detective Constable Shaun Skedgwell says police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the assault, or saw anything around that time that would lead to the identification of those involved.
Mount Service Station Robbed
A Mount Maunganui service station was the subject of an agrevated robbery over the weekend. A balaclava-clad man threatened a worker with a knife and demanded money at Shell Central Parade around 7am on Saturday morning. The petrol station was cordoned off for almost two hours as police examined the scene, before reopening for business. The offender escaped on foot down an alley and onto Ranch Road. Police are urging anyone in the Central Parade or Ranch Road area at the time to contact police.
Omanu Kayaker Rescued
The beautiful weekend weather was not without drama for some who chose to brave the elements. The Omanu Surf Club safely rescued a kayaker on Saturday when he was seen falling in and out of his kayak. The man did not require medical treatment.
Police Target Meth Labs
The Bay of Plenty is not exempt from the methamphetamine problem sweeping the nation. Detective Inspector Rob Jones says police are working to reduce drug crime in the bay through law enforcement and education. He says the establishment of the Organised Crime Squad three years ago has achieved considerable success in reducing the prominence of methamphetamine. Police are targeting those earning a living from the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine. The public is encouraged to contact police immediately if they see anything suspicious, or notice any of the signs of a laboratory operation.
Surplus for Regional Council
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council's successful year has resulted in an extensive operating surplus. The regional council recorded an operating surplus of 5.1 million dollars, four million dollars more than budgeted. The successes of the regional council have been highlighted in a positive annual report. Spokesperson Brian Trott says the regional council has achieved a great deal during the year and was proud of what it had achieved over a diverse range of functions and responsibilities.
Sustainable Business Awards Winners Revealed
Sustainable businesses have been celebrated in the Bay of Plenty Sustainable Business Network Awards. Whakatane's Energy Options took out the supreme honours of the Sustainable Business of the year. Mount Maunganui's Powersmart Solar won the Small Business Trailblazer title. NappyDays of Katikati, which aims to eliminate disposable nappies took out the Small Business Emerging title. Winners will compete against other regional finalists in the National NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards, in Auckland in November.
Harbour Link Takes Top Spot
There is a reason to smile this morning as you hit the cities roads. Tauranga's Harbour Link - the link between Tauranga and Mount Maunganui has taken out the supreme award at the Roading New Zealand Excellence Awards. The Harbour Link project was commended for its detail in its planning, the way risks were identified and managed, and the precision of the operation.