Election Run Up Turns Personal
Mayor Stuart Crosby says he's been the victim of the beast of personal politics in the local elections. Amongst claims of criminal charges several misleading leaflets were distributed to homes calling him the ‘ring master’ of the Ratpack. He's also been criticised for creating a ‘wish list’ of who he thinks would make good councillors for the Tauranga City Council that he says was sent to three friends.
Rates Payment ‘Deliberately Withheld’ - Evans
A Tauranga City Councillor says the reason he didn't pay his rates on time was to set the Mayor up. Cr Hayden Evans on Wednesday made a $5500 cheque to clear his water and rates debts, after a challenge from Stuart Crosby. He later told Classic Hits his payment was deliberately withheld to prove the Mayor was guilty of extortion and gross malfeasance of office. He alleges police complaints have been laid but police have since confirmed they are not investigating the Mayor for complaints of extortion.
Bust Puts Dent in Drug Trade
A Bay of Plenty drug counsellor says police raids this week will have a big effect on the drug trade. Two tinnie houses that sold drugs to school children were busted in a massive police swoop on Wednesday. Hamner Clinic spokesman David Benton says unfortunately drugs are now infiltrated into society and that means easier accessibility for children.
Arthritis Appeal Week
A Tauranga woman who was diagnosed with arthritis at seventeen is hoping the community can dig deep into its pockets. It's Arthritis Appeal Week - arthritis is a condition that will affect more than half a million New Zealanders in their lifetime. 20 year old Elisha Goodall says she had to give up her job once she was diagnosed. She says it's important people understand how crippling it can be. For more information: www.arthritis.org.nz
GST Rise Bargains Warning
Budget services are urging families not to be caught out by attractive bargains, before the GST rise. The tax on goods and services is set to rise Friday a week to 15 percent. Budget Advisory Services in Tauranga says they're giving out the same advice to families to think carefully before buying anything.