Meat Processing a ‘Dangerous Business’
The Department of Labour says manufacturers can't just install equipment in a business and walk away without checking its safety in the work place. It's after sentencing in the Tauranga District Court of an Auckland meat processing systems manufacturer over an incident that left a meat worker with a broken leg. Realcold Milmech Ltd has been convicted for failing to ensure the machine that tips the animal from the slaughter area was safe. The company has been fined 44 thousand dollars and ordered to pay reparation of nine thousand dollars. Just released figures reveal working in a meat processing plant as the most dangerous job in the Western Bay of Plenty.
Secondary Schools Teachers Strike
Today's strike may not be the last for secondary school teachers. Members of the Western Bay's PPTA will be marching in the city centre as part of the first stopwork at secondary schools in eight years. Regional Chairman Jason Smythe says many colleges will stop classes today, but that's up to each school principal.
Sexual Offender Jailed for 10 Years
A Bay of Plenty man has been sentenced to ten years imprisonment for the historic rape of a young girl. The 78 year old has been convicted on eight sexual violation charges in the Tauranga District Court. Judge Harding has told the court during a two year period the man sexually assaulted his victim, a girl under the age of 12, on a regular basis. He says his offending which happened nearly ten years ago, has a long term effect on the victim, who has flashbacks and has needed counseling.
Property Market Subdued
More bad news for the real estate market. Sales have subdued in the region, this from the August market report by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand. The median house price in Mt Maunganui/Papamoa decreased 13 thousand last month. Sales stayed steady at 47 but are down almost half from August last year. In Tauranga the median house price rose last month, but residential sales dropped from 90 in July to 78 last month.
Police Hunt Armed Robber
Police are searching for young man around 20, who was seen hanging around the Tilby Drive Foodmarket before an aggravated robbery on Sunday. He was wearing a grey mask and carrying a pistol, and demanded cash from a staff member before leaving the area.
Rare Sports Car Draws Attention
The last of a limited edition Mercedes Benz, a car worth nearly half a million dollars, could be snapped up in Mount Maunganui. The SLS AMG Gullwing is a reinterpretation of the ‘Sports Car of the Century’ and was on display yesterday at a car dealership. Branch Manager Philip Wills says there were nine in the country - and all but one has sold. He's had interest from one local and there's speculation it's AC/DC's Phil Rudd who has a house in Tauranga.