Beaumaris Boulevard Link Opened
Hundreds turned out in their walking gear, for the official opening of the Beaumaris Boulevard link. The extension which links Sterling Gate Drive and Waihi Road, involves nearly 420 metres of new road, walk and cycle ways. Mayor Stuart Crosby says they held a morning blessing, and then opened the roads to the public for the afternoon. He says it's just a good, safe link - and he hopes it'll change traffic patterns for everyone and get people off the state highways. And despite resistance to the link, there was an overwhelming response from residents on the day. One man says it's a positive move which'll open up the area immensely.
Families Struggle to Pay Mortgage
A sign the property market is still in the doldrums, with more families being forced into mortgagee sales. Figures from Terralink International show there were 31 mortgagee sales in the Bay of Plenty during May - more than one a day. Managing Director Mike Donald says it's a sign ordinary families are now the ones struggling to make the mortgage. He says the region is an example of how tight the market is.
Property Prices ‘Static’
Property prices across the region have remained static, despite a national drop. According to Quotable Value Tauranga house prices increased marginally, by 0.7 per cent for June. Nationally, values are down 5.6 per cent from May.
Dog Kennels Wanted
East Coast Residents are digging deep in aid of an SPCA appeal for unused dog kennels. SPCA Whakatane Branch President Vicki Barnard says her organisation and the Council often come across situations where dogs are living in old and rundown kennels, because the owners cannot afford to replace them with new and decent dog kennels. Over the past month, 12 have been donated to help improve the living conditions of animals without adequate kenneling.
Quiet Weekend for Police
Tauranga police says it's been a fairly quiet weekend. There were two breaches of liquor ban, and seven other arrests for disorderly behaviour and fighting, on Saturday night.