Recreational Scallop Season Kicks Off
A commercial fisherman operating along the East Coast is reassuring residents the scallops they're selling will be safe to eat. The first day of recreational scallop season started yesterday - but health warnings remain in place for the Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty coastline. Fish & Lobster supplier Phil Sopp says they've tested the scallops in a laboratory and they've come back toxin-free. He says it's important that they are all quality assured - and that they are fishing in a safe buffer zone. Mr Sopp says they're the only commercial operation processing scallops for the Bay of Plenty and the Coromandel.
Businesses Support Safety NZ Week
Numerous Tauranga businesses are doing their part to raise the profile of at-home injuries. Figures were released on Monday, revealing a devastating 45 people Bay of Plenty residents died in a home, for the year. As part of Safety NZ Week, 30 businesses in the city are encouraging staff to make ‘one simple change’- the key to the campaign. ACC Spokeswoman Patricia Heydon says the type of injuries they see can happen at the workplace too.
Self Imposed Ban for Problem Gamblers
Problem gamblers are spearheading a campaign to bar themselves from several venues that have pokie machines. For National Gamble Free Day, Tauranga is introducing multiple venue exclusions for those addicted to gambling. In the Bay of Plenty over $33 million dollars was wasted on pokie machines for the year. Public Health Worker Janette Arnold says they've got numerous venues onboard.
Busy Intersection Gets Upgrade
Downer NZ Limited has been awarded the contract for a roading project along the Avenues. The project known as Hairini Link Advanced Works will see an extra lane at the Fraser Street/15th Ave intersection, and two new pedestrian crossings on 15th Ave. It'll also see an improvement to cycling and walking routes on State Highway 2A. NZTA's Rod James says the construction of the $4 million dollar improvements will get underway in a couple of weeks time. He says it's all about improving safety for all road users, and give immediate relief to a busy intersection. And Fraser St between 14th and 16 ave will be closed for over a week in mid January - for construction at the major intersection. Traffic will be diverted along local roads.
Elective Surgery Increase
More than 8,000 patients have had elective surgery from the Bay of Plenty DHB, contributing to a record increase around the country. Health Minister Tony Ryall says they've provided 375 extra patients with elective operations last year, compared to the year before. He says of that, there's been nearly 1000 gynaecology operations, and over 2000 general surgery operations. The Minister says it's part of the push to increase front line health services and is crediting staff for delivering.
Daffodil Day Donations ‘Record Breaking’
It's been another record year for donations on Daffodil Day. The Bay of Plenty/Waikato region has beaten the $650,000 raised last year, with no exact figure yet, but believed to be well over that mark. Spokeswoman Jo Bell says the region has historically been generous. But she says this year exceeds expectations.