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Wednesday 11 August 2010

Taxi Drivers: Cameras won’t Stop Attacks
Tauranga taxi drivers maintain cameras won't protect them from attacks, it'll only help catch the offender.
The Government's announced all taxis in larger cities will be fitted with cameras as a safety measure for drivers and passengers. Hundreds of cabs have already been fitted with security screens, even before the three assaults on cab drivers in the city this year. Taxi driver Philip Cournane says they'd be much better off with safety shields. He says passengers are becoming more violent - and has seen various meters ripped from the cabs.

Rent-free Holidays on Offer for Bayfair Retailers
Bay of Plenty's biggest mall is offering rent-free holidays to retailers affected by its $15 million dollar refurbishment. Ten businesses have closed since the Bayfair revamp. Centre manager Andrew Wadsworth says despite the odds, foot traffic remains high and sales have increased. But he says they're offering advertising and additional signage to retailers. The entrance currently closed, will be re-opened by the end of September.

Glassie Inquest to Resume
The inquest into the death of Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie is set to resume this month. The three year old died in 2007, as a result of abuse and neglect. Brothers Michael and Wiremu Curtis were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder and willful ill-treatment of Nia, while her mother Lisa Kuka, was jailed for nine years for manslaughter. Oriwa Kemp and Michael Pearson were also jailed after being convicted of ill-treating the toddler. The inquest by Bay of Plenty coroner Dr Wallace Bain opened in April, but was adjourned until August 23rd.

Mauao Fall Under Investigation
Department of Labour is investigating an incident which saw a contractor fall nearly 40 metres down a steep rock face from the peak of Mt Maunganui. The 63 year old was working on stairs and walkways when his powered wheelbarrow tipped over the edge, he went to investigate and toppled over. A Tauranga Hospital spokeswoman says he received lacerations to his eye, abdomen, leg and neck and is lucky to be alive. He remains in a stable condition.

Regional Energy Strategy Funded
A regional energy strategy has been accelerated through funding support from NZ Trade and Enterprise. The Bay of Plenty Regional Council says its regional economic development acitivites have been funded in full. It means the council will be able to complete work on an energy strategy, which includes conservation, renewable energy, security of supply, and employment opportunities.

Free Tamiflu on Offer
Sick residents are being warned not to be stung by pharmacies charging $75 for Tamiflu. Twenty-five pharmacies in the Bay of Plenty are administering the anti-viral for free because of national stockpiles which expire next year. Residents just need to supply a prescription from their doctor. Meanwhile cases of swine flu are continuing to rise. Doctor Neil De Wet says they're unsure whether the numbers will level out. He says it's not too late to get immunised which is highly recommended for pregnant women, young children and those with underlying medical conditions.

‘Boarack meets Underbelly’ in Beer & Wild Food Finals
The Porch Kitchen and Bar A dish entitled ‘Boarack meets Underbelly’ has secured a Waihi Beach restaurant a spot in the finals for the Monteith's Beer and Wild food Challenge. The nationwide challenge matches wild food dishes with different Monteith beers. Waihi's The Porch Kitchen and Bar has been offering diners a meaty wild boar rack and slow roasted boar belly matched with Pilsner Beer. The inspiration is drawn from seasonal, indigenous ingredients reflecting kiwi game. A final cook-off will be held in Auckland in a couple of weeks.

Harbour Link Team Wins Award
The Fletcher Construction team has won a top prize for building the Tauranga Harbour link. It's received the 2010 New Zealand Contractors' Federation award for projects greater than $20 Million. The Judges were impressed with the planning, construction and design of the project.

Posted: Wed 11 Aug 2010

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