Police Swoop on Tinnie Houses
Two Te Puke tinnie houses selling drugs to school children have been busted in a major police operation throughout the Western Bay of Plenty. Police swooped on eight properties, arresting four in relation to blatant drug dealing, and charging a further three. Inspector Karl Wright-St Clair says the operation was targeted at organised criminals who earn a living from criminal activity. He says police action was taken in response to concerns expressed by the community. The Armed Offenders Squad stormed on two properties earlier in the week, one a suspected P lab.
Children’s Art Competition Benefits SPCA
Bayfair is inviting children to embrace their animal and artistic flair by entering an art competition for SPCA Tauranga. Children can draw their favourite animal and for every entry received the shopping centre is donating 50 cents to SPCA Tauranga. Pet food bins and collection buckets will be available for shopping donations.
Boy in Hospital after Crash
A four year boy was taken to hospital with a gash to his head following a car crash yesterday. The fire service were called to Chapel Street just before 4pm, when two cars collided. Part of the road was cordoned off while police cleared the scene. A fire spokesman says the boy was restrained a booster seat but suffered minor injuries.
Students Pitch in for Homes of Hope
Two houses built from scratch by students, will be auctioned off in support of Homes of Hope. The not for profit is a therapeutic foster care facility that takes in children who have been abused and abandoned. Spokeswoman Dorothy Forbes says the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic has built, for sale, two three bedroom houses that can be viewed in over a week. She says it's a huge project with 17 students involved.
Smoker Causes Shop Blast
The fire service is urging smokers to dispose of cigarette butts in ashtrays, after a big explosion in a toilet at the rear of Travelcom, when a staff member dropped either a butt, or cigarette ash into a bin that set a feather duster on fire. Fire Safety Manager Kenn McKegg says it was a freak accident, as there was an aerosol can in the bin, that blew up. He says cigarettes should be stubbed out safely in ashtrays or buried in gardens.
Private Listings Trend in Property Market
A Real Estate expert says latest housing figures don't paint the full picture as they ignore sales from private listings. The Director of Asia Pacific Ltd says there's a big trend towards selling homes privately because of the likes of Trademe. Philip Lindsey says they've sold more apartments in his block on the Mount Maunganui beach front, than the entire apartment market in the whole area. He says statistics don't give a good understanding of what's really happening.
Strand Businesses Get Footpath Control
Businesses along The Strand are hoping free reign over their footpath will bring more people back to the area. An agreement was reached with the Tauranga City Council and restaurants will become footpath tenants of the areas directly outside their premise. Amphora Owner John Harvey says they'll now be able to put in shelter for winter dining, and jazz up the outside with furniture.