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uesday 3 August 2010

Struggling Retailers Blame Roadworks
Tauranga's Mayor has offered his help to struggling retailers who've hit out against road works in the CBD. There have been claims City Councillors ignored retailers' warnings about how road constructions would affect them along Willow Street. Copy Corner is one business that has had to close its doors and blames the closure of the roadway and Masonic carpark. But Mayor Stuart Crosby says although it's extremely unfortunate, there's nothing much they could have done. He says it's quite typical retailers are adversely affected when there are roadworks.

Tsunami Map New Tool in Preparedness Planning
A newly developed tsunami map for the Bay of Plenty coastline has been released to help prepare coastal residents if one ever hits. The map is an online resource which shows the distance a tsunami surge would travel inland - based on a worst case scenario. Civil Defence Emergency Management Group spokeswoman Diane Turner says the region is exposed to distant tsunami sources. She says instead of having a scenario ‘if’ a tsunami hits, it becomes a ‘when’ so everyone has responsibility to be prepared.

Farmers Warned Over Rising River Levels
Environment Bay of Plenty has warned farmers in low lying areas to move any grazing stock to higher ground. The council has issued it's first warning levels to landowners on the Otara River, Waimana River and the Waioeka River. It comes after a 24 hour period of heavy rainfall throughout the region. Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan says there's going to be more tomorrow evening. He says another low is heading in, which'll bring more bands of heavy rain. And police are warning motorists to drive with care in the wet weather. Acting Senior Sergeant Mark Haime says drivers need to be patient, especially around roadworks.

YMCA Introduces ‘Giving Policy’
Tauranga's YMCA is paving the way for other non-profits and has implemented a Giving Policy. The Board has passed the first formal giving policy - each member will make an annual cash donation which they consider meaningful. CEO Amy Thaler says it's the first step in a fundraising campaign to cement long term financial security. She says it's timed well for New Zealand as there's been a focus on giving, with residents awarded in tax benefits, by the Government. Pictured: Amy Thaler

Gold Miners to Meet with Land Owners
Talks between landowners and gold miners are set for this week. Glass Gold Limited's Chief Executive Simon Henderson says he'll be heading to Te Puke to talk to five landowners, to drill on their land. The company has drilled in the area in the past, but hasn't been active in the region for a few years. Mr Henderson says there's the possibility of a quartz reef containing gold.

Police Appeal for Info after Attempted Rape
Eastern Bay of Plenty Police are appealing for community help after an assault and attempted rape in Kawerau. A 16 year old girl was sleeping in her home on Sunday afternoon when she woke just after midday to a man standing over her bed. Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Standen says he grabbed the victim, pinned her down and attempted to rape her. He says he also threatened the girl, who courageously fought back and kicked the offender which caused him to stop and leave the house.

‘Riff Raff’ to get Residency
The man behind the 'Riff Raff' statue in Hamilton says he's using the internet to help get residency for the creator of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. It's been revealed Associate Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson has intervened in immigration rules to allow Richard O'Brien into the country. The 68 year old lives in London but says he wants to retire to Katikati. Mark Servian says when he heard Mr O'Brien wanted to become a citizen, he started a Facebook group to get support. Pictured: Katikati

Clampdown on Unsafe and Illegal Vehicles
Police and the NZTA have clamped down on unsafe and illegal vehicles in a joint operation. Of the 150 vehicles checked, 18 were ordered off the road, and 37 infringement notices were issued on Thursday and Friday. Most of the unsafe vehicle were illegally modified, including welded suspension, illegal exhaust volume and the worst being defected steering. Archive photo

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