Old Landfill Pollutes Coastline
Flooding has uncovered an old landfill on the East Coast, spreading rubbish along the coastline. Much of the Eastern Bay of Plenty is playing cleanup following the weekend's deluge, with many streets and beaches covered with silt and debris. Opotiki District Council Engineering Services Manager Jim Finlay says a river's changed course and uncovered an old landfill north of Te Kaha. Bottles and other floatable items have been strewn across the beach, as well as old engine parts uncovered.
Business Woman Jailed for Fraud
A woman who admitted to defrauding more than $1 million from a car dealership in a ‘huge web of deceit’ has been jailed for four years. Michelle Campbell has been convicted in the Tauranga District Court on 67 fraud and theft charges while working as Ebbett's business manager. The 43 year old who has separated from her husband, a police officer, started helping herself to cheques given to her by customers as payment for vehicles back in 2006. She banked more than $1.3 million over three and a half years. The Crown argued Campbell's offending was motivated by greed - she used the money for lifestyle purchases. Judge Ingrim says it's the most serious case of fraud in the country, in recent times.
Turners & Growers to Lodge Appeal
Turners & Growers will appeal a High Court decision in favour of privately owned kiwifruit exporter, Zespri. It had challenged Zespri's monopoly over the industry. On Friday, the High Court ruled in favour of the kiwifruit marketer. Turners & Growers Chairman Tony Gibbs says the company has reviewed the judgment, and will be lodging its appeal as soon as possible. He says while he can understand Zespri wants to avoid further scrutiny of its behaviour, its call for Turners & Growers not to appeal is wishful thinking.
Bail for Man who Sparked AOS Callout
The Mamaku man who prompted an armed offenders squad callout near Rotorua has been granted bail. Shane Amon faces two counts of threatening to kill and one count of threatening to damage property. The 35 year old appeared in the Rotorua District Court for a bail application today. Amon handed himself into the Tokoroa Police station, following a major police operation involving armed police. He's yet to enter a plea, and will reappear in court August 30th.
Only Minor Crashes on Wet Weekend
Western Bay of Plenty police are pleased with the lack of major accidents during the weekend's deluge. There were seven minor crashes between 7am Friday and 7am this morning. Meanwhile Oropi Gorge Road remains closed today due to a slip. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route.
Property Market Still Slow
Latest real estate figures are telling signs the market is still sluggish in the Bay of Plenty. Median prices dropped seven thousand from June to $315 thousand dollars. Mount Maunganui sales dropped to 47 for July, but the median price increased to $412 thousand dollars. In Tauranga sales increased to 90.