Emergency Election Claims Dismissed
Tauranga's MP is dismissing claims of an emergency election next July. A crowd was told by Winston Peters that the National Party would be forced to call a general election early, as it wouldn't be able to sustain themselves in Government. He says John Key had already let slip that the election would be 12 months away, then corrected himself to 16 months. But Simon Bridges says he's just throwing fire into the wind. Pictured: Tauranga MP Simon Bridges
Kiwifruit Growers Keep Close Eye on ETS
The ETS was the hot topic at a meeting held last night by Climate Change Minister Nick Smith. He was in Tauranga to tackle questions of the disputed Emissions Trading Scheme which officially came into effect two weeks ago. Kiwifruit Growers Association President, Peter Ombler, says they'll be monitoring how effective it is. He says they won't hesitate to make submissions when it comes up for review next year.
Children in Horror Smash ‘Unrestrained’
Police believe the children thrown from a vehicle after an horrific car crash in the Bay of Plenty, weren't wearing seatbelts. A Mitsubishi Pajero crashed near Pukehina, flipping twice and ploughing through a fence, which left all five children strewn across the road when members of the public came to assist. An eleven year old girl has been in a critical condition in Starship Hospital since Saturday. Senior Sergeant Ian Campion says the injuries were worse because they weren't wearing seatbelts. He says a police investigation will determine whether any charges will be laid.
Council to Adopt CEO’s Resignation
Stephen Town's resignation will be on the agenda today at the Tauranga City Council. The council boss of New Zealand's fifth largest city announced a week ago he'd be stepping down to take up a position at the New Zealand Transport Agency. Mr Town says the past few years have seen an unprecedented change in the city. The council will officially adopt his resignation at a meeting this afternoon.
Low Turnover for Rural Properties
There's been a lull in the number of rural properties sold last month. Latest figures released by the Real Estate Institute reveal there's a continuation of static or declining price levels, and low turnover of farm properties. Spokesman Murray Clearland says the Bay of Plenty is following the national trend, despite the median price for a farm increasing last month. He says it's the middle of carving, so sales tend to be low. Only 92 lifestyle blocks were sold in June, that's down 2 from May.