Taggers Given a Fright
A Tauranga man has taken extreme action in trying to stop a group of taggers in their getaway car. The four offenders, aged around 19 and 20 were caught red handed tagging the walls of Bethlehem's Four Square Monday evening. Director Kelvin Gregg says he caught the men, who were about to leave in a Ford Laser, and lunged onto their bonnet. He says it gave them a fright, and they took off. Mr Gregg says he managed to snap off both windscreen wipers, and the side mirror.
Rail Safety Week Focuses on Level Crossings
Bay of Plenty train drivers have jumped on a national campaign to stop people taking risks at level crossings. It's National Rail Safety Week - and a vivid reminder for the community still mourning the death of a 55 year old woman who was killed by a train at a rail intersection in Mt Maunganui. Locomotive Engineer train driver Daryl Hore says they're consistently calling the police hotline to report those attempting to cross when there's a train coming. He says it's hard for motorists to judge how far away trains really are, and how fast they're travelling.
Brethren Denied Exclusive Burial Area
Requests by Exclusive Brethren to lay the dead in an exclusive area at Pyes Pa cemetery has been rejected. Rights to allocated plots came up for discussion at the Tauranga City Council after the death of a Muslim boy in the community, earlier this year. The Muslim society was able to purchase its own piece of cemetery to lay the boy to rest in a culturally acceptable north-south burial. Cr Faulkner says they have to plan for the future growth of the city. A request for Maori to have an exclusive burial area will be discussed further, but has for now been denied.
Boar Dish Wins Beer and Wild Food Challenge
A dish entitled 'Boarack meets Underbelly' has secured a Waihi restaurant the top spot in a national food competition. The Porch Kitchen and Bar has beaten six others in a cook off for the Monteith's Beer and Wild Food Challenge. Chef Brad King has been offering a meaty wild boar rack and slow roasted boar belly matched with Pilsner Beer. He says the the dish was inspired by seasonal, indigenous ingredients. The restaurant's been presented a ten thousand dollar cheque.
Rally Against Cuts to Early Childhood Education
Hundreds are expected at the country's first public rally against cuts to early childhood education in Tauranga. $400 million is being slashed from early childhood spending - and it's predicted 65 services will be affected. It'll kick off this Saturday as the first of several rallies around New Zealand.
Revised Offer a ‘Small Improvment’ for Teachers
Over 400 teachers in the Western Bay have voted on whether they'll be taking industrial action after rejecting the Government's latest proposal. Several schools closed early because of the paid union meeting with secondary school teachers. Regional Chairman Jason Smythe says the revised offer by the Ministry of Education was a small improvement, but still has a long way to go. He says more constructive work is needed and more in the ‘funding’ envelope to ensure security for teachers.
Teen Activities ‘Hard to Organise’
The YMCA says it's stuck between a rock and a hard place to organise summer activities at Mt Maunganui for teenagers. A recent bid to resurrect the Sand Bar was described as an ‘unlikely marriage’ and opposed by the Tauranga City Council. General Manager Amy Thaler says she's worried the Council is putting little in to developing the social infrastructure of the community. She says the New Year period will be a lot like last summer - just general ‘old fashioned’ fun.