Mining 'Would Have Destroyed Tourism’
East Coast divers believe mining the Bay of Plenty reserves would have destroyed tourism. The Te Paepae o Aotea Marine Reserve, also known as Volkner Rocks is now protected by Schedule Four of the Crown Minerals Act. Dive White Island's Tony Bond says the area is blessed with spectacular diving spots which is attracting thousands of divers a year to the Bay of Plenty. Pictured: Te Paepae o Aotea Marine Reserve/DoC
Survey Shows Strong Support for Euthanasia
Tauranga's Age Concern doubts euthanasia will be made legal but says terminal patients can still die with dignity. A survey of 6000 New Zealanders showed immense support for a doctor, with permission by the law and patient, to end someone's life because of an incurable, painful disease. Age Concern Chairperson Angela Scott says it's a hard topic to broach, but needs to be discussed amongst the community. Archive photo
Historic Village Tenants Struggling
A Tenancy Association may be erected to try save the Historic Village. Tauranga's Charible Trust spokesman, Des Ferrow addressed the Tauranga City Council of the long overdue future of the village. He says the retailers are struggling, with low sales and no return on investments. Mr Ferrow has criticised the council for losing sight of the tenant's point of view. Pictured: the Historic Village
Two in Hospital After Crash
Two people were taken to hospital yesterday with serious injuries after a car crash in the Bay of Plenty. One of the occupants was trapped for up to an hour, and was taken away by ambulance with Status 2 injuries. The crash occurred on State Highway 33, just North of Rortorua.
Hopes ‘Safer Journeys’ will Reduce Road Deaths
The NZTA is hoping a holistic approach to safety will reduce fatalities in the Bay of Plenty. There's been 31 deaths this year, that's the highest road toll for a region in New Zealand. Spokesman Rod James says they've launched Safer Journeys which focuses on a combination of factors which can cause crashes, including improving the engineering of the roads. He says they currently working on the link between State Highway 2 between Paengaroa and Baypark, which was rated one of the worst stretches of road in the country.
Labour MP Hosts Public Meeting
Bay of Plenty Labour MP Steve Chadwick is hosting a public meeting to help shape the party's environment policy after the mining u-turn. The meeting will provide an opportunity for people with an interest to come together and share their views. Members of the public are invited whether or not they support Labour. It'll be held this afternoon from 2 at Tauranga's Historic Village's TECT Theatre. Pictured: Labour MP Steve Chadwick