Baker Throws Down Election Gauntlet
Those standing in Tauranga City's local elections are being challenged to declare publicly whether they're in rates arrears. The issue that some councillors have rates owed and payable, has infuriated fellow colleagues and members of the public. Cr Mike Baker says he posed the question at a recent council meeting, because of the actions of one councillor, who was found to owe at least 11 thousand dollars after he was elected three years ago. He says it's ridiculous - if you can't pay rates you should at least disclose that is the situation, and work hard to eradicate this.
Woman Remanded on Bail
A 35 year old Auckland woman facing a raft of charges following a horrific car crash in Te Puke, has appeared before a Court Registrar. Antoinette Ranapia, allegedly failed to restrain five children, including a four month old baby, who were left strewn across the road after the single car crash in July. An eleven year old girl was in a coma for a week in Starship Hospital. The unemployed woman has been remanded on bail.
Eastern Bay Cops the Big Wet Again
There's a lesson to be learnt from last month's flooding in the Eastern Bay as the region is again battered with more rain. The significant and expensive damage is still felt - with evacuated residents still at an alternative address until the affected area is declared safe. A comprehensive inspection is now being undertaken of all rivers and drainage schemes in the region, to assess flood damage.
Tsunami Siren Concerns
A Cherrywood resident is concerned the community won't be unable to hear tsunami sirens, should there ever be one. Graham Hansard, who's resided in Tauranga for ten years, says he's never been part of a practice drill in case of an emergency. He's banking they're too far away for him and his neighbours to hear the sirens, if they're inside. Meanwhile Civil Defence has sent more staff to Canterbury to assist with the recovery effort. A team of five building inspectors from around the Bay of Plenty are lending support.
Coromandel Gets Summer Rescue Chopper
The Coromandel Peninsula is getting its own rescue helicopter for the summer. The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust has commissioned a chopper to be based in Whitianga because the holiday season is so busy. Holiday makers swell the Thames Coromandel area's summer population to 150 thousand, from 27 thousand who live there.