Next Major Quake 'Likely to Happen in Bay'
At least 350 buildings in Tauranga aren't built to withstand the impact of an earthquake. According to Geologists from the University of Auckland, the next region likely to experience a major earthquake in the North Island, would be the Bay of Plenty. The Tauranga City Council has already assessed 100 commercial and industrial buildings which are possibly earthquake prone, and don't meet standards. Building Services Manager Rob Wickman says the buildings were all constructed before 1976 - but landmarks, like the old Post Office, have since been strengthened. He says owners have a certain time to strengthen them by, based on their level of national importance. Mr Wickman says it's too hard to say whether they'd collapse in the event of a disaster but says it's better not to take the risk.
ED Copes with Radiographers’ Strike
Tauranga Hospital's Emergency Department coped with yesterday's strike action. Radiographers walked off the job around the country except in Canterbury, but everything managed to run smoothly. A Bay of Plenty DHB spokeswoman says it appears many people have got the message to visit their local GP or medical centre.
Ex Bank Worker Pleads Guilty
The wife of a Tauranga police officer has admitted to siphoning more than 25 thousand dollars off an elderly client. Vicki McCaskie has pleaded guilty to six dishonesty charges while working at Westpac Bank as a customer services representative. She made several unauthorised transactions from the victim's bank account into her own dating back to July last year. In a police summary read to the Tauranga District Court the 44 year old admitted to being addicted to gambling and told officers she was living a double life. An application for continued interim name suppression was declined by Judge Harding, and she's been remanded until sentencing, in two months time.
Arataki Centre Hot Topic for Councillors
A possible delay to the Arataki Community Centre has caused a furore in Council Chambers. The Arataki hall was removed because of its physical state and an alternative centre is to be built. A resolution was put forward to stall action on the project, which is now out for tender, until after elections. Cr David Stewart who was strongly opposed says it's ‘pulling the rug under the feet’ of the community and would be a mockery to back pedal on the project. His views were supported and the resolution was voted against.