Bay of Plenty Supercity ‘Wait and See’
Western Bay of Plenty's Mayor isn't ruling out a Bay of Plenty Supercity, and says to ‘watch this space’. It's been on the back burner as the region's mayors wait to see how the Auckland Supercity evolves. It could see the Western Bay, Tauranga, Whakatane and Rotorua amalgamate in the next term. Mayor Ross Paterson says it would be ultimately up to the ratepayers, and a lot of work would need to be done to iron out issues that have been thrown into the spotlight, in Auckland. Ross Paterson says speculation they'd privatise water is a definite no if they become a Supercity.
Mayor Offers Quake Support
Tauranga's Mayor says the hardest times still lie ahead for Cantabrians. Stuart Crosby says it'll be months, and years before things become normal again - and says the region can understand, having been through a smaller emergency five years ago. He's offered his assistance to Christchurch's Mayor Bob Parker, as part of the floods of support extended by Councils in the country. Meanwhile, Tauranga's MP is hoping the region can do its part by donating to the Earthquake Appeal. Simon Bridges says the disaster is very close to home, and many families have been affected. He says even small donations would be appreciated by the thousands who are now trying to clean up and recover personals.
Alleged Paua Poacher Appears in Court
An alleged Paua poacher has appeared in the Tauranga District Court, after missing an appearance last month. Simon Rawiri is charged with buying/selling and possessing fish contrary to the Fisheries Act. He's accused of selling 66 undersized Paua to an associate, for the small price of 40 dollars. Rawiri refused to accept the evidence provided to the courts by the Ministry of Fisheries, and has been remanded without plea, until two weeks time.
Benefit Numbers Increase
Winter lay offs in the Bay of Plenty have been blamed for the increase of people on benefits. The number rose by 0.7 percent in August. Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says seasonal work in agricultural parts of the region, is a contributing factor.