Residents Urged to Vote
If you want a say in local issues, you'll need to vote at the upcoming elections. That's the messages being honed in by the Registrar of Electors who's incredulous only 44 per cent of Tauranga residents enrolled to vote last year, actually voted. Lesley Christophers says of those who actually voted, 82 percent are ratepayers. She says it's important for democracy.
Swine Flu Numbers Consistent
The cases of swine flu are now more prevalant amongst adolescents. Bay of Plenty DHB Spokeswoman Diana Marriott says the most common patients admitted to hospital are no longer small children. She says numbers this week have remained consistent after peaking last Wednesday.
Rape Victims Denied Compensation
The Government has denied reparation for ten women who claim they were raped by police officers, but the issue isn't over yet. Attorney General Chris Finlayson has decided to go against a recommendation to compensate the women, stating the Government can't base its decision on emotion. One of the victims who was raped by three men, including two police officers at Mount Maunganui is considering civil action against the decision. Pictured: Attorney General Chris Finlayson
Kitchen Gutted after Stove Left Unattended
Firefighters are sending another strong message to never leave cooking unattended, after a house fire in Te Puke yesterday afternoon. The Fire service were called to the address at 2:30, when a stove left unattended, burst into flames. Station Officer Terry Thomas says the entire kitchen has been gutted. Terry Thomas says the house was not fitted with a smoke alarm, which should be a mandate in all households.
Convicted Double Murderer May be Released
Convicted double murderer David Tamihere may be released from prison in November. He's been in jail for 21 years for the 1990 murders of Swedish backpackers Urban Hoglin and Heidi Paakkonen on the Coromandel Peninsula. The Parole Board says at his latest hearing, Tamihere's family tabled a plan showing a structured approach to his release. The Board says there are parts of the plan which need to be fleshed out in full, and it's investigating whether residential restrictions should be part of that plan.
Tauranga School Receives Air NZ Donation
Tauranga Intermediate has received a donation from Air New Zealand. It's as thanks to teacher Ian Henderson who convinced the airline to offer special flight packages to teachers during school holidays. The decision has been praised a public relations victory for the company.
Warmer Weather Underway
It's best to brace yourselves for another day of chilly weather. Overnight temperatures plummeted to 3 degrees, and to zero on Tuesday night. According to Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan, autumn weather is finally resuming back to the norm after an extremely warm July. He says it's expected to take another turn, warmer temperatures will resume from tomorrow.