No Injuries in CBD Explosion
A woman at the scene of a big explosion at a Tauranga business says the whole building ‘just shook’. Police officers were later seen by witnesses, interviewing two teenage boys in the CBD. Travelcom Manager Sheryl Homes says she was sitting in the building when they heard a big bang. She says she didn't know what had happened and thought it was a car crash. No one was injured in the blast.
High Winds Keep Fire Service Busy
There were several weather related call outs across Western Bay of Plenty yesterday, as wind speeds exceed 70 kilometres per hour. Fire Service shift manager Megan Ruru says the majority of jobs were to remove fallen trees that are blocking roads. She says they've just had to secure a packing shed roof, at least 20 metres long, in the Lower Kaimai Ranges. Ms Ruru says the loose iron could have flown off but fire fighters used hammer and nails to fix it.
Gusty Weather Set to Last
More gusty weather’s on the way for the Western Bay of Plenty. Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan says winds yesterday reached speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour. He says to expect new fronts, with morning showers and on Thursday there'll be another belt of strong wind.
Teen on Manslaughter Charge
A Te Puke teenager has been charged with manslaughter after allegedly driving a car that veered off the Ohineangaanga rail bridge, killing a passenger. 18 year old Richard Emery faces four charges and has been remanded without plea in the Tauranga District Court. Judas Ace Witeri died at the scene after being flung from the vehicle when it hit the steel barriers of the bridge along Jellicoe Street nearly two months ago. The eighteen year old's body was found underneath the Honda and three other passengers were taken to hospital for treatment.
More Strikes for Teachers
Western Bay Teachers will join in on nation wide strikes to take place next term. The action by PPTA members will start on the 14th of October and run through until the 1st of December. Members won't be available for call-back days during term 4 and that includes a ban on meetings at weekends too. Regional Chairman Jason Smythe says schools in the area are asking how they will cope at the start of next year, as there's pressure on schools who rely on teachers who come in prior to the new term. He says they're hopeful the government will value teachers and be prepared to address the issues.
Speedway Championship Plans Canned
Plans to hold a World Championship Speedway Grand Prix have been withdrawn. Baypark's managers made the announcement after a final examination of track logistics and the financial requirements for hosting the event. Spokesman Ervin McSweeney says the costs are beyond them at this stage and permanent track changes could have a big impact on existing users, speedway and rugby. He says it's a disappointing outcome.