Bars Delighted with Alcohol Law Changes
Tauranga Bars taking a hard line against binge drinking in the city, are rejoicing over sweeping alcohol laws. The Governments announced a raft of changes including a split purchase age. Crate Bar says they're amongst several other nightclubs promoting controlled drinking, in a controlled environment. General Manager Harry Taldot says most of the incidents happen when drunk patrons arrive at bars and are refused entry.
Electorate Survey Results Out
Tauranga's MP is pleased a snapshot of residents paints a clearer picture for the city. Results from the annual electorate survey of over five and a half thousand residents have now been collated. As expected a massive 63 per cent were against Tauranga libraries charging for books, and 66 per cent believe the council isn't doing enough to control rates. Simon Bridges says residents still seem uncertain about a GST increase, but a majority are in a good or better position economically.
Motorists Urged to Drive to Conditions
Police are urging motorists to adopt a five car length rule in wet conditions. It follows a spate of serious accidents over the weekend and a 16 year old boy remains in a critical condition this morning in Waikato Hospital. Acting Senior Sergeant Mark Holmes says road users need to increase there following distance - especially if it's raining.
RSA Hit by Vandals
Tauranga's RSA is disturbed by vandals who damaged several staff cars and left an engraved Nazi swastika on the bonnet of one. Police are searching for the culprits who on Saturday night slashed the tyres and keyed the sides of four cars, leaving thousands of dollars in damage. General Manager Graham Howard says he's unsure whether they were targeted, but is shocked it happened in the car park of a charitable organisation. He says it's disturbing for him, and the staff. Mr Howard says ironically, they'd only recently started to price security cameras. Pictured: Tauranga RSA
Schools to Close Early
Several schools will close early today for a secondary schools teachers' union meeting. Parents are advised to contact the schools individually, but amongst the list closing after lunch are: Otumoetai College, Aquinas College, Tauranga Girls’ College, Mount Maunganui College, Te Puke High School, Katikati College and Tauranga Boys’ College. Pictured: Aquinas College
Strong Support for Historic Village
There's overwhelming support the community will pay to see a ‘character experience’ at the Historic Village. Pupils at Tauranga Intermediate surveyed a thousand residents on what they'd like to see happen to the village. Presenting their findings to the Tauranga City Council, they revealed a massive 89 per cent are in favour of an authentic1880’s ‘working’ village. And 12 year old Raijeli Warren says most importantly, people will pay. She says 80 per cent said they'd pay with a gold coin donation. A new direction for the Historic Village has been decided - which will see it transformed into a seven day character experience for tourists. Pictured: the Historic Village