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Friday 13 August 2010

School in Lockdown after Gas Leak
A Tauranga school spent parts of yesterday in lockdown after a gas leak at a nearby address. The fire service and Vector were called to a house along Cameron Road just before midday. It's believed a part of the gas appliance installed at the home had been stolen, without the owners knowing, causing the leak. Teachers and pupils at neighbouring Tauranga South Primary School were ordered to stay indoors while the gas was isolated. A police complaint has been laid.

Produce Price Hike Weather Related
Greengrocers are assuring consumers the price for fresh produce seasonally fluctuates. The latest figures from Statistics New Zealand show fruit and vegetables were up 8.7 per cent for July. Freshmarket Owner David Stewart says the sporadic weather conditions meant production was down. He says that's the reason for a higher price for produce. David Stewart says consumers are being more picky when it comes to choosing their fruit and vege - and are shopping around.

Kiwifruit Wage Disputes Settled
An industry meeting has settled complaints laid by Bay of Plenty kiwifruit workers over wage disputes. The Department of Labour has been investigating several complaints over unpaid wages and holidays. It has since launched a compliance campaign within the industry. But Kiwifruit Association Chief, Mike Chapman, says they've managed to iron out issues with employers and no further complaints have been laid.

Few Complaints Over Hi-Cane Spraying
Despite public backlash against the use of highly toxic Hi-Cane spraying on kiwifruit, recorded complaints have been minimal. The chemical that promotes bud-break, can cause skin corrosion if you come directly in contact with it. Kiwifruit Association President Peter Ombler says they've come a long way in the past year with stricter monitoring and better compliance. But he says they're still shopping for something else. Meanwhile, protestors will be picketed outside Zespri headquarters today. Organiser Tania Davies says they're pledging for a ban on chemical hi-cane which is sprayed on kiwifruit between July and September. She says several residents in the Te Puke community are suffering health affects from the spraying.

Big Jump in Guest Nights
Visitors are still flocking to the sunny Bay of Plenty. According to Statistics New Zealand the number of guest nights spent in short term commercial accommodation, increased by 24 per cent in a month. The region recorded 35,000 more visitors, both domestic and international, in July. It's the biggest largest regional rise recorded.

 

School Zones Reminder for Motorists
Police are urging motorists to take care around school zones. It comes after a series of early morning crashes this week including a car hitting a young school girl. The 14 year old was taken to hospital with minor injuries Wednesday morning. Acting Senior Sergeant Mark Holmes says there were two collisions within minutes of each other on Thursday morning - two people were taken to hospital for treatment. He says if you make a mistake during peak traffic there's a good chance you will crash.

Former Weatherman Set to Run for Council
Former TVNZ weatherman Brendan Horan is expecting to announce he's running for council, this morning. The local businessman who's frequently called Mr Sunshine and Mr Personality is handing in his nomination papers this morning, for Tauranga City's local elections. Mr Horan, who's involved in different pockets in the community wants the council to reflect young family and young businesses. Nominations close 20 August. Photo/ www.brendanhoran.co.nz

Waterfront Project Info Days
Information days on the Tauranga Waterfront project are being held over the next two days. Members of the public are invited to the Kestrel to hear details of the proposal. Key members of the project team will be available to answer questions.

Posted: Fri 13 Aug 2010

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