Fire Destroys House, Garage
A Tauranga family is in shock after a large fire left their house in tatters. Three fire appliances were called to the house in Gate Pa just after midday yesterday, after reports of black smoke coming from the roof. The appeared to have started in the rear bedroom and quickly swept to the front - breaking windows, and completely engulfing the premises in heavy smoke. Senior Station Officer Nigel Liddicoat says a free-standing garage a metre from the house was also destroyed from the heat. Mavae Nimo, who was in the house at the time, says they're completely gutted. His heavily pregnant wife and two year old son were sent to hospital for treatment.
Aviation Community in Mourning
Bay of Plenty's tight-knit aviation community is mourning the death of a 27 year old flight instructor who was killed in a mid-air collision. Jessica Neeson and her 50 year old student died Monday just 15 kms from Palmerston North airport. Bayflight CEO Laurence Barnett says Ms Neeson, who trained in Tauranga, was a well-respected, meticulous instructor with a passion for flying. He says the flags at Tauranga Airport will be flying at half mast this week, in tribute. They'll be holding a private ceremony on Friday with their students.
Police Safety Message to Young Motorists
A tragic ten days on Bay of Plenty roads has prompted further safety reminders to young motorists. Three serious crashes in the district have resulted in the deaths of two teenagers, and 21 others with injuries ranging from critical to minor. Bay of Plenty Road Policing Manager Inspector Kevin Taylor, is urging teens to make the right decisions to keep themselves and their friends safe. He says unfortunately there's an underlying sense of invincibility among young people. Inspector Taylor says often they only realise their own mortality when one of their friends is seriously injured, or worse.
NDU Calls Stop Work Meetings
Workers in Tauranga have kicked off a series of meetings to discuss proposed changes to employment law.
For the next two weeks, members of the National Distribution Union in retail, logistics, wood and textile industries will attend stop work meetings across the country. NDU spokesman, Robert Reid says concerns are the impact of proposed law changes on workers who don't have union protection.