Pharmacies Step Up Security
Pharmacists are having to take drastic security measures to keep staff and their stores safe from criminals. Mount Maunganui pharmacist Mark Bedford, who's also a member of the Pharmacy Council, says the industry is constantly aware of the risk of being robbed. On Tuesday an intruder died following a struggle with Auckland pharmacist Grant Gillard in his Mount Albert store, and a Hamilton pharmacy was also targeted. Mr Bedford says it takes a lot for businesses to try and prevent criminals targeting their stores. He's installed 24-hour security cameras, panic buttons, alarm systems and screens - but says unfortunately it will never stop someone coming in and having a go.
SH 35 Closure Isolates East Coasters
East Coast residents are bracing themselves as they become isolated indefinitely. The New Zealand Transport Agency says State Highway 35 at Mareanui Hill will close tonight, for a significant amount of time. Acting state highway manager Kevin Reid says slips have caused significant damage to the road - the same area damaged two years ago in heavy rain. He says a timeframe of when the road can re-open permanently, or to a single lane will be known when a geo-technical survey is completed. The only de-tour is State Highway 2 via Gisborne. NZTA is working on an alternative route, but it's not known when this will be ready.
Te Puke Crash Victim Named
Police have released the name of the driver who died after crashing into a power pole in Te Puke yesterday morning. He was 34 year old Welcome Bay man Dylan Hogg. Police say Mr Hogg failed to take a bend and crashed into the pole, dying at the scene. Alcohol and speed were factors for the crash.
Community Rallies to Restore Vandalised Car
A Tauranga boy is chuffed his wrecked car will get a new paint job, panel work, and tyres after it was vandalised with a Nazi Swastika. Four cars including 16 year old Ethan Duncan’s were attacked at the Tauranga RSA on Saturday night. Several members of the community have approached Newstalk ZB to help restore Ethan's 1991 BMW, including Mike Stanwell - who's offering a new paint job.
Illegal Rubbish Dumping Targeted
It's a joint effort by councils in the Western Bay of Plenty to fix the eyesore in the community - illegal rubbish dumping. Raw animal carcasses and old white-ware are amongst the rubbish being dumped tainting water supplies. ‘Fly dumping’ as it's known as, poses several health and safety risks and worst offenders face fines fetching $200,000. The District Council has responded by hiring someone specifically to deal with it - after finding at least 100 tyres under one bridge. A Joint Governance Committee agreed to push forward a tyre levy for consumers, to pay for disposal - and are hoping to move the idea forward to Central Government.
Shippers Council’s Recommendation a Boost for Port
Port of Tauranga's bid to become an international hub port has just received a major boost. The Shippers Council has recommended the port as a logical choice to accommodate larger container ships. Most international container ships now carry 7 thousand 'twenty foot equivalent' containers onboard. That means ports around the world are having to expand to accommodate. Port of Tauranga CEO Mark Cairns says his port is already New Zealand's largest by volume. He says the port could take on the extra work without adding debt. And Zespri says upgrading shipping ports for larger ships is the way to go. Shipping Manager Mike Knowles says that'll be the deciding factor for export industries securing international supply. He says they cannot afford to turn the bigger ships away from our ports, and risk having shipping services become increasingly ‘boutique’ in nature.