Sand Bar Plans Mothballed
The controversial ‘Sand Bar’ won't be returning to Mount Maunganui's beachfront this summer. The Tauranga City Council has ruled against supporting a joint venture to resurrect the only legal spot for drinking in a public area. Inspector Karl Wright-St Clair says the beachside bar next to Mount Drury was created after the New Years riots ten years ago. He says since then, things have changed and policing has become extremely hard. And it was a slim vote for City Councillors, four in support of the return of The Sand Bar, and six against. David Stewart who was opposed, says after years of trying to create a safe spot for entertainment over the summer, they finally achieved it last year. He says it's no longer the hot spot forever tainted by the memories of the 2000 riots.
Zespri AGM Held Today
Kiwifruit growers will soon find out how the country's leading exporter had held up over the past year. Zespri's annual general meeting will be held this afternoon in Tauranga. The Kiwifruit giant has quashed claims it's planning to push through a move that could see it selling foreign fruit in competition with New Zealand grown fruit.
Cost of Flood Damage Yet Unknown
It's too early to put a cost on the damage caused by extensive flooding in the Bay of Plenty. Regional Council staff and contractors are assisting landowners in the area affected by the weekend's heavy rain, particularly in Whakatane. Duty Flood Manager Roger Waugh says they're still assessing the damage as many parts remain under water.
Defrauded Car Dealership Moves On
A Tauranga car dealership who was defrauded more than $1.3 million from a former employee is glad to finally see closure. Michelle Campbell was on Monday sentenced to four years imprisonment on 67 fraud and theft charges, after helping herself to cheques given by customers as payments for vehicles. Ebbett Tauranga's spokesman David Johnston says it was a fair outcome - and the business no long wants to dwell on Campbell's activities.
Comvita Founder Celebrates Century
The Bay of Plenty founder of a multimillion dollar health food business will be celebrating his 100th birthday today. Claude Stratford began to make and sell bee products from his basement during his retirement thirty years ago, launching Comvita - a now global success. He boasts the trick to staying healthy is two teaspoons of Bee pollen, Manuka honey and Olive Leaf extract every day. Bay of Plenty MP Tony Ryall says he'll be amongst 200 guests celebrating his milestone at an afternoon tea this coming Friday. He says Claude Stratford is one of the great characters of the Bay of Plenty.