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Thursday 29 July 2010

Pak'n'Save Announces Fuel and Grocery Store
New Zealand's cheapest supermarket will be opening Tauranga's first fuel and grocery store in two months. After months of speculation Pak'n'Save has finally announced it's yet-to-be-opened Papamoa store will have a fuel point for customers. Spokeswoman Angela Bull says they've also begun demolition to the site next to Pak’n’Save in Tauranga City - which will open as a fuel facility in November. She says they've had immense positive feedback from the community. Angela Bull says they'll be adding extra car parking spaces to the existing Pak’n’Save in Tauranga City.

Te Puke Man Accused of Abusing Stepson
A Te Puke beekeeper who allegedly threatened to cut off the private parts of his young stepson, has appeared before a Registrar. Leon Guy faces three charges in the Tauranga District Court, which each carry a maximum prison term of 5 years. It's alleged the 36 year old physically and psychologically abused his stepson for a five year period from the age of four. The victim, who is now 16, claims he was forced to strip naked several times and beaten with a belt, because he had wet the bed. He says Guy would as punishment, force him to sleep on a dirt floor in an old shed, naked, with no bedding or electricity. Guy's been remanded on bail until September for a Judicial intervention.

Rugby World Cup Celebration Ideas Sought
Tauranga residents are being encouraged to come up with ideas for the country's biggest festival. MP Simon Bridges says they need ideas to celebrate the Rugby World Cup in the region. He's hoping the Bay of Plenty will get parts of the lotteries fund for community events and activies.

 

Kiwifruit Industry Compliance Campaign Launched
The Department of Labour has launched a compliance campaign with the Bay of Plenty kiwifruit industry, after several complaints over unpaid wages. There's been an increase in the complaints received from employees which relate to wages and holidays. Most of these have been resolved, but some are still under investigation. Bay of Plenty's Service Manager Murray Thompson says they're pleased to see people are confident to make a complaint.

Locals Rush to Taste Award Winning Pies
Pat Lam's bakers have been rushed off their feet as hundreds of Tauranga residents step through his doors to taste his award winning pies. Mr Lam, of Gold Star Patrick's Pies in Bethlehem won a slew of prizes at the Supreme Pie Awards on Tuesday night. It's the fourth time he's won the Supreme Award - this year for his bacon and egg pie. Baker Nan Wang says they sold a phenomenal 800 pies yesterday, and had completely sold out of their bacon and egg pie by lunchtime.

Posted: Thu 29 Jul 2010

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