Bay Tops Road Fatalities Statistics
Bay Plenty police aren't surprised the region's again topped the highest number of road fatalities. Statistics released by the New Zealand Transport Agency actually show the Waikato as having the highest number of roading deaths at 38, with the Bay of Plenty at 25. But Bay of Plenty police Roading Manager Kevin Taylor, says seven of the deaths logged as occurring in the Waikato actually happened in the Bay of Plenty - making it the worst in the country. He says there's no silver bullet to solve the problem but says the number of drink drivers is on the rise.
Drilling for Gold in Te Puke
Gold miners are returning to the Western Bay of Plenty to carry out new explorations. Glass Earth Gold is hoping to start drilling for gold as early as next month, at Muir's Reef in Te Puke. The company has drilled in the area in the past, but hasn't been active in the region for a few years. Chief Executive Simon Henderson says he's having to consult various parties who may be affected, as some of drilling could take place where there are kiwifruit orchards.
Safe to Take a Dip
Popular swimming spots in the Bay of Plenty are the cleanest in the country. The Ministry for the Environment has released a report showing that one in nine freshwater spots in New Zealand had too much faecal matter to be safe for bathing. Of the 77 sites surveyed in the Bay of Plenty, only three were considered potentially contaminated. Environment Bay of Plenty's Group Water Manager, Eddy Grogan says it's a privilege to have some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Pictured: McLaren Falls Park
Kiwifruit Hearings Underway
Turners and Growers is insisting a court challenge with Zespri is not a waste of growers' money. A four day hearing at the High Court in Auckland has kicked off, to consider the validity of kiwifruit export regulations giving Zespri a monopoly. Zespri currently represents around 90 percent of all Kiwifruit exporters but Turners and Growers wants to break up that virtual monopoly.
P Maker Sentenced
A drug addict who claims to have fallen off the wagon will be serving time in jail. Paul Hegarty has pleaded guilty in the Tauranga District Court, to a number of charges relating to the manufacturing of the illicit drug, P. The 46 year old was found to have a number of utensils and equipment to manufacture meth for his own consumption. Judge Bidois says the drug is a scourge in the community, which has damaged many lives. He thanked Hegarty's family, who were present, for sticking by him and remaining as a support network. Hegarty's been sentenced to 2 years and 10 months.
Friday Launch for Long Awaited iPad
Tauranga residents will have to hold onto their seats for the new apple iPad. It's been announced they'll be releasing the product in New Zealand on Friday. Where it will be sold exactly other than Apple stores, will remain a mystery until the day. Going cheapest at $799 for a 16GB - the iPad fetches up to $1149 for a 64gb. Photo by Glenn Fleishman