Local Organisations Benefit from BayTrust
BayTrust has dished out grants fetching more than 415 thousand dollars throughout the region. At a function last week, thirty-six local and four regional organisations received the grants. Among the highlights was a 30 thousand contribution to the Get Smart Tauranga Trust's operating costs. Manager Stuart Caldwell says it'll be a big help in delivering drug and alcohol education, counseling and street help van services.
Anonymous Leaflet ‘Nonsense’ - Mayor
Personal politics are going public in an attempt to oust others in the election campaign. A leaflet has been circulated to hundreds of homes in the Te Papa Welcome Bay Ward that goes to drastic lengths to bag Mayor Stuart Crosby. The anonymous flyer entitled ‘Do not vote for these Gatecrashers’, displays the Jolly Roger and cites the Mayor as the Ring Master. Mayor Crosby suggests residents ignore the nonsense.
Councillor Cops Flak over Signage
A City Councillor has been criticised for disrespecting private property for attaching his electioneering sign atop a billboard along State Highway 2. The prime space, which is leased by Pak'n'Save and Pacific Blue, costs around $7500 a month, and is seen by at least 23 thousand people a day. The supermarket chain says it in no way wants to be seen as endorsing the ‘Pick Rick’ campaign, and questioned how safe it was for fixing it to a billboard over three stories high. Pacific Blue suggested the councillor opt for a holiday flying their airline, as its appalled it's footing the bill for his signage.
Paua Poacher Fined
A Papamoa paua poacher found guilty of selling 66 undersized paua for only $40 has been lumped with a fine. Unemployed Simon Rawiri has been convicted on one charge of possessing fish unlawfully for the purpose of sale and ordered to pay $2500 plus court costs. The 41 year old sold paua as small as 63 mm, when the legal size in the Bay of plenty area is 125mm.
Endangered Kokako Released in Forest
It was all celebrations for conservationists over the weekend who introduced two more Kokako birds into Otanewainuku forest. A special ceremony was held, with Tapuika's Dean Flavell performing an ancient chant to express the wonder of the first people arriving on the shores to hear their song. Trustee Carole Long says they've missed the distinctive sound of the endangered bird. She says they are extremely under threat.