Search for Overstayer Continues
Police are continuing the search for a 26 year old Thai man who's run away from immigration officials. Officers went to a rural property near Te Puke around seven Tuesday night, seeking three Thai men still in the country despite their temporary work permits expiring a year ago. Inspector Mike Clement says one man, Payeo Chaimat, took off. Police pursued him through an orchard into dense bush on an embankment running alongside the Waiari River. They've since unsuccessfully located Chaimat, but believe he's changed his clothing and may've left the specific search area. The two other men are in custody.
Pay Increase for Kiwifruit Growers
Zespri growers are staunch they're the backbone to the Kiwifruit industry. Four hundred shareholders yesterday voted on ten resolutions at the annual general meeting in Tauranga. Several issues were raised over grower control, representation, share alignment and protection of investments in foreign markets. Chief Executive Lain Jager says it's obvious Zespri is a grower owned company - supported by the Government. He says the lawsuit by Turners & Growers has just been a disappointing waste of growers’ money. Meanwhile growers will get a massive $22.3 million dollar pay increase on last season.
Police Investigate Sheep Mutilations
Police are investigating the killing and mutilation of around 50 sheep in the Bay of Plenty. Some of the animals had been shot, others mauled by a dog. Sergeant John Cassidy says police are appealing for any information about the attack. He says there's some rustling which occurs in the area, but often the bodies are taken away to be eaten, rather than left to die.
Flooded Farmer Tells of Loss
A Bay of Plenty farmer says he's losing at least a thousand dollars a day from loss of production following the weekend's floods. Galatea dairy farmer Bill Healey is among 15 farms near Lake Aniwhenua which have been badly affected by the heavy rain. He believes the severity of the floods could have been reduced had the power companies lowered the dams earlier.
Man who Preyed on Young Girls Jailed
A Papamoa man has been sentenced to 6 years imprisonment for a raft of indecent assault charges against young girls. Ronald Mohi who's name was previously suppressed is recognised as having intellectual deficits and problems around children. Judge Bidois says the 23 year old took advantage of young girls, one as young as eight, for his own gratification. He says in the most serious charge to commit sexual violation Mohi tried to force a victim into performing oral sex.
Open Your Wallets on Daffodil Day
MP Simon Bridges is encouraging the community to dip into its pockets this Daffodil Day. It's the 20th anniversary this year for the charity and a timely reminder cancer affects one in three New Zealanders. Bucket shakers will be on the streets to take donations tomorrow.