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Tuesday 31 August 2010

Airline Leaves Family Out of Pocket
Photo/ D O'NeilA Tauranga family who booked a trip for seven to Sydney have been left in the lurch by Pacific Blue and are demanding compensation. The tickets were booked in February for a direct flight from Hamilton during school holidays - costing over four and a half thousand dollars. But, when they checked their flights on the internet over the weekend, they'd disappeared. Stacey Pearce says the airline had cancelled flights to Sydney on that day - but had failed to inform her of the change, or offered a solution. She says they were told they'd have to fly on another day - but she says they're now having to fork out thousands of more to cover the costs.

Store Manager’s Sentencing Moves to High Court
Archive photoA Bay of Plenty woman who's admitted a raft of cannabis charges following a nationwide police operation is now before the High Court. Switched on Gardener Manager Maree Sanders was caught selling a clone cannabis plant to undercover police officers, and supplying a book entitled ‘Indoor Marijuana Horticulture’ to customers. She pleaded guilty to seven charges for selling and supplying equipment to cultivate cannabis. The 33 year old was yesterday before the Tauranga District Court for sentencing. However after an application from the Crown, it's been moved to the High Court for sentence to be imposed.

Lifeline for Care Centre
Archive photoAn Elder Care facility closing this December will be thrown a lifeline by the Bay of Plenty DHB. It's opened up a proposal process for new providers to put in their bids to take over the service. The Carruth Day Care Centre which has been operational for 35 years, services over 75 elderly. Spokesman Graeme Lindgard says it's a huge deal for the community.

Home Injury Statistic ‘Grim Figure’
Archive photoA devastating 44 people have died in the Bay of Plenty from accidents in the home. Home injury statistics have just been released, as part of a national campaign for Safety NZ week. A further 44,000 have been injured in the past year at the home place, and up to 12 people per hundred are claiming on ACC for a home related injury. Spokesman Keith McLea says the tragedy is that many of these accidents can be avoided. He says the number of deaths has increased, which is extremely alarming. Mr McLea says the reality is something as simple as turning on a light switch can save you from falling down stairs.

Strike on Cards for Secondary Teachers
Archive photoWestern Bay of Plenty secondary teachers will strike, come the 15th of September. Nationwide teachers have endorsed plans to stop teaching for a day as they attempt to force action over their pay claims, they're after a 4% pay rise. 99% rejected the offer of a 1.5% pay rise. PPTA Western Bay Regional Chair Jason Smyth says the Government isn't prepared to talk about their low cost solutions to issues the education system is facing. He says the quality of education for students in the future, is what they are fighting for.

Bar Robbery - Police Appeal for Info
Western Bay of Plenty police are searching for witnesses to an aggravated robbery at a Otumoetai Bar Sunday night. A female staff member at Cruzaz bar was cashing up when she was grabbed by a male carrying a sawn off shotgun just after midnight. He demanded money from her, and left with the cash. Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the man, who was wearing camouflage trousers and a jacket. He is described as 5 foot 6 and of medium build.

Rare Freshwater Fish Discovered
Photo/DOCA rare native fish has been found in a tributary stream of Lake Okareka. The Koaro is part of the galaxid fish species is now rare, says the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. It says they've declined because of reduced water quality and the introduction of trout.

Posted: Tue 31 Aug 2010

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