Truck Rolls on SH29
A truck driver has made a lucky escape after rolling along State Highway 29 last night. The Nissan flat deck truck and trailer blocked part of the highway near Poike Road roundabout. Acting Inspector Danny Meade says they needed a heavy tow truck to remove the vehicle, and is unsure yet of what injuries he sustained.
Weed Swap to Help Native Plants
Coromandel peninsula residents are being asked to swap their weeds for native plants this weekend. It's a joint offensive by the district council, Environment Waikato and the Department of Conservation. Residents are being urged to bring a rubbish sack or two of weeds from their home to Whitianga's Buffalo Beach Reserve on Saturday or Thames' Kuranui Bay Reserve on Sunday and swap them for native plants. Particularly being targeted are weeds such as wild ginger, woolly nightshade and climbers such as honeysuckle and climbing asparagus, which choke natives of light and change forest composition.
Straying Kiwi ‘Looking for Love’
A Bay of Plenty environmentalist believe a monitored kiwi from Otanewainuku that's venturing into the wild, is trying to find love. The errant female kiwi called ‘Matariki’ has disappeared three times from its patch, but has just been found safe and well by volunteers north towards Tauranga. Otanewainuku Kiwi trust volunteer Tim Short, says there's evidence that suggests there still exists remnant locations of kiwi in the Western Bay. He says it's possible Matariki is being called by a wild kiwi. Tim Short says they're appealing for funding from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to find the wild kiwi and attach them with monitoring devices.
Funds Donated to Help Quake Recovery
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council's donated 100 thousand dollars to the Canterbury earthquake recovery. Councillors have voted unanimously to donate the funds to the Canterbury Regional Council, to ensure it's used to undertake infrastructure repairs. Finance and Governance Committee Chairman Ian Noble says the Bay of Plenty's well used to serious natural events and the damage they can cause. He says they know one day they'll suffer a similar natural disaster, and and that time may well be in need of assistance.
Calls to Raise Water Safety Awareness
With a rise in the number of people being hospitalised from water accidents, there are calls for more awareness about water safety. Latest statistics from Water Safety New Zealand show there's been three drownings so far this year in the Bay of Plenty, and a rise in water incidents nationally. This time last year there was just one drowning in the region. General Manager Matt Claridge says kiwis don't have the necessary skills are knowledge about water safety. Matt Claridge says for a start, every school needs access to a swimming pool. Meanwhile Tauranga tops the list in Coastguard calls out for the Eastern Region. There's been 147 calls to the city, followed by Whakatane and Whitianga at 80.
Mass Killings of Dolphins ‘Disturbing’
A Mt Maunganui dolphin researcher is hoping the publicity of Moko the dolphin will help her plight to stop the mass killing of the mammal in Japan. Amy Taylor who's filmed a documentary about the dolphin, says she was recently disturbed by what has been happening in Taiijii, highlighted in a film called ‘the Cove’. She says several are the dolphins are gathered and sold to overseas ‘dolphineers’ - and then the rest are speared.
Lonely Planet Praise for Tauranga
It's unsurprising, beautiful boats, and sandy surf beaches mark out Tauranga in Lonely Planet's latest New Zealand Travel Guide. Released today, the 15th version of the the guide salutes Kiwi's warmth in welcoming visitors even in the face of economic challenges. Tauranga, it says, is a place to fulfill all your watery dreams - with marinas chock-a-block, and water sports aplenty - it's about as Riviera as New Zealand gets. The latest guide also includes personal NZ highlights of 14 celebrities from Rhys Darby and Anika Moa to Phil Keoghan and Sir Richard Hadlee.