12 Year Sentence for Sexual Offender
A Bay of Plenty man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison, for a raft of sexual violation charges. Adam Norman was convicted on nine charges including rape, assault and threatening to kill a 35 year old woman. The 23 year old dragged the woman by her hair, kicked, pushed and pulled her during the incidents, that happened over a two year period. The victim's son was also assaulted and as a result suffers depression and anxiety. Judge Kelly says the offending was serious, and had a significant impact on both victims.
Don’t Forget to Vote
The Electoral Office is urging residents to remember to vote. Only ten per cent of votes for the Tauranga Local Body Elections are in. Yvonne Tatton says residents have until Saturday 9th October to vote, but the sooner the better.
PPTA Disappointment in Tolley
The Western Bay PPTA says Anne Tolley has wasted an opportunity to engage with secondary teachers. The Education Minister addressed teachers yesterday at the PPTA Annual Conference in Wellington. Regional Chairman Jason Smythe says there was no substance behind Ms Tolley's rhetoric and it's about more than pay.
Men on Trial over Alleged Assault on MAF Officers
A man accused of grabbing, twisting and squeezing the private parts of a Ministry of Fisheries Officer is a "known threat" to officials. Steven and Peter Warren are on trial in the Tauranga District Court on a raft of assault charges after an alleged confrontation with four officers two years ago. The Crown says Peter Warren barked like a dog at officers and hurled abuse at them, when they stopped him and his family during a routine checkpoint. A Fisheries Officer told the court the accused said he'd squeezed the testicles of an officer until he screamed.
Fruit and Vege Shortage Weather Related
A shortage of fresh fruit and vegetables in the Bay of Plenty is the result of severe spring weather. Tauranga's Fresh Market says there's little produce around and prices are higher as a result. But Owner David Stewart says that shouldn't stop residents buying fresh.
Good News for Badminton Lovers
The Bay of Plenty will soon be home to a 2.3 million dollar dedicated badminton complex. A proposal to build the venue on a Tauranga City Council owned site, was passed yesterday. President Delwyn Cooper says the 12 court facility won't be erected overnight, and would take around three to five years to build.