Mayoralty Race is On
Election looms, and Newstalk ZB has canvassed the nominees all vying for the top spot in New Zealand's fifth biggest city. Incumbent Mayor Stuart Crosby says he brings proven leadership. He says he has clear vision for the city. Cr Bill Faulkner is promising to listen to the community. He says the city needs decision makers. And Mark Groos is adamant to put a lid on rates. He says there's issues in council that the community knows of. Cr Murray Guy says he's advocating inclusive and meaningful democracy. He says times have moved on, and representation is about empowering the community. And John Robson says Tauranga is missing out on first rate leadership. He says as a result, the future isn't looking good for the city. Voting papers will be out this Friday.
Bottle Store Caught for the Second Time
A Mt Maunganui bottle store and tavern have been stung selling to a 15 year old girl, during a Trans-Tasman police blitz. Operation Unite, aimed at targeting alcohol related harm in the community, saw various compliance checks both of on and off license premises on Friday night. Sergeant Nigel McGlone says the bottle store caught selling to the minor was also snapped a year ago - and now faces a further and longer suspension. He says even more stunning is that the teenager was able to walk into a tavern and be served by the manager without her age being questioned.
Drink Driving Blitz Nets Eight
A recidivist drink driver who blew twice the legal limit, is amongst eight caught drunk behind the wheel during Operation Unite. Bay of Plenty Road Policing Manager, Inspector Kevin Taylor says they're still waiting on the blood results of three. He says it's scary drink drivers are still on our roads.
Conservation Week – Keeping the Bay Beautiful
Whether it's weeding, or tree planting it's the time to get stuck into keeping the Bay beautiful. Residents are invited to join in with several activities around the region as part of Conservation Week. Tomorrow there'll be talks at Gordon Carmichael Reserve about its history, and an outdoor film evening atop Mt Drury on Friday for the family. Spokeswoman Katrina Knill says it's about protecting the surroundings in beautiful Bay of Plenty.