Alleged Assault Trial Continues
One of the men accused of grabbing the private parts of a fisheries officer says he was in such a rage, to the point where his blood was boiling. Steven Warren is one of three men on trial in the Tauranga District Court for the alleged assault of four Ministry of Fisheries officers at Okanui beach two years ago. He says it was insensitive to set up the check point directly outside a roadside memorial which marked the death of his 12 year old cousin who he claims died two weeks beforehand. But when he was cross examined the Crown revealed the details were inconsistent as the death actually happened twelve months earlier.
GST Rise Looms
Love it or hate it, consumers will be lumped with the rising cost of GST. It's set to increase by fifteen percent this Friday. Newstalk ZB spoke with a number of residents who believe it's going to hit them deep in their pockets.
Revamped Bayfair Set to Open
Retailers will be welcomed back to Bayfair shopping centre today after being forced out during its multimillion dollar revamp. Construction on the 15 million dollar refurbishment began earlier this year. Spokeswoman Nina Rivett says surprisingly, foot traffic remained steady during the works and didn't impact negatively on businesses. And she says they're excited to welcome new retailers which will draw more customers into Bayfair.
Advanced Laser Helps Nabbing Speeders
A better, more advanced speeding deterrent is being used by police in the Western Bay. The state of the art laser gun can measure someone's speed from more than 700 metres away, that's over seven football fields. Sergeant Lester Polglase says the device was used during a weeklong speed sting last week and proved effective. He says it's about stopping and apprehending speeding motorists.
Sunny Weekend Ahead
Don your shorts and head to the beach this weekend as the city is in for another bout of sunshine. Tauranga temperatures exceeded 21 degrees this week and more than ten hours of sunshine was recorded on Tuesday. Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan says it's amazing how dramatic the weather changed once day light saving started. He says the thick fog that blanketed the region yesterday was from saturated grounds, from last week's wet weather.