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Friday 20 August 2010

Teachers’ Union Meetings - Schools Close Early
It'll be at the discretion of each School Principal whether schools will close early during next week's secondary teachers' paid union meetings. Secondary school teachers across New Zealand will meet to discuss what action to take after their rejection of the government's latest pay offer. Various schools will close just after lunchtime including Bay of Plenty's Otumoetai College. PPTA Regional Chairman Jason Smythe says it'll be up to each school to find relief for union members. He says it's optimistic to think the Ministry of Education will sweeten its offer.

Bay Economy at Two Year High
The Bay of Plenty economy is at a two year high. Latest statistics released by The National Bank, shows the region recorded the strongest lift in dwelling approvals by 12 percent for the June quarter. It's at contrast to a 1.7 per cent fall nationally. And Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby says it's certainty for the hundreds of businesses still suffering the downturn. He says the Government is planning ahead for the city's growth by investing in transport and infrastructure.

Tourism BOP Wins Hosting Rights
Tourism Bay of Plenty has won the rights to host the 2011 Inbound Tour Operators Council Conference. The region has beaten Wairarapa and Taupo by a landslide for hosting rights. General Manager Tim Burgess says it shows how keen people are to visiting the sunny Bay.

 

No Sign of Thai Overstayer
Police have given up searching for a Thai overstayer, after exhausting options as to his whereabouts. Payeo Chaimat ran away from Immigration officials and police at a rural Te Puke property Tuesday night. The 26 year old seasonal kiwifruit worker, was on a temporary visa which expired two years ago. Inspector Mike Clement says he doesn't pose any threat, and they have no concerns for his safety.

Hotline for Orca Spotters
Whale researchers tracking Orcas along the East Coast, are urging those who spot them today, to call their hot line. A British film crew is in the country following the work of researcher Dr Ingrid Visser for a documentary series to be aired world wide. She has been following a group of Orca which were seen chasing stingray in the Tauranga Harbour, just after lunchtime yesterday. Dr Visser is urging residents who see the pod to call 0800 SEE ORCA.

Posted: Fri 20 Aug 2010

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