Allegations Life Parolee Assaulted Hospital Staff
The Sensible Sentencing Trust is adamant a Tauranga man on life parole who's been living in hospital is a serious threat to others. It's alleged the man who's spent the past three months at Gisborne Hospital, assaulted staff members. Tairawhitu District Health Board assures he will be released soon but admits there's a real possibility the man might return to jail. And Trust spokesman Garth McVicar says it's another example of how the justice system fails. He says it's putting other people in danger.
Fraud Accused Rest Home Worker Remanded Without Plea
A care worker accused of defrauding nearly $28 thousand dollars from the elderly has appeared before a Court Registrar. Erinlee Larson faces three charges in the Tauranga District Court for allegedly withdrawing cash from the bank accounts of three elderly women living at the Munro Resthome. The 30 year old faces up to 7 years in prison and has been remanded without plea until August 26.
Expo Drives Home Strong Message
Nearly 2500 Bay of Plenty high school students will be hit with a strong and blunt message about drink driving. A Drink Drive Expo's being held in Tauranga this month for senior students, following three serious crashes which killed two teenagers and left more than a dozen seriously injured. Co-ordinator Wendy Nicholls says there'll be a number of guest speakers, including a victim of a drink drive crash, an offender, and drug and alcohol counsellors.
Breast Feeding World Record Attempt
It seems the idea of breast feeding in public has finally ‘latched on’. Tauranga mothers are celebrating nature with a marathon breast feeding session today. It's understood the ‘big latch on’ is an attempt to set a world record. Newstalk ZB hit the streets and found an overwhelming response to breast feeding.
New Courtrooms a ‘Much Needed Upgrade’
Tauranga's Mayor is grateful the city will receive six new courtrooms and hopes it'll relieve congestion. The courtrooms will be built in McLean house, along with four new conference rooms - by next July. A majority of the new rooms will be used as family and civil courtrooms. Stuart Crosby says it's a much needed upgrade for New Zealand's fifth largest city.
Students Make Stand for Human Rights
Students making a stand for human rights will spend tomorrow gagged in a mock prison cell. Tauranga Girls High school is making noises in light of Amnesty International freedom of speech appeal. Student Chennoah Walford says the pupils are trying to speak out locally about the injustices in Myanmar. Three pupils will spend the entire day in silence.
Eastern Highway Drainage Problem
A hiccup during construction of the Tauranga Eastern Highway will be solved through eco-friendly biodiesel. Environment Bay of Plenty says there's been a serious drainage issue caused by excess storm water on the highway. This week it carried out an urgent cost-benefit analysis for implementing diesel powered generation of pumps to rectify the problem.