Bad Weekend on Bay Roads
It's been a weekend of road horrors for the Bay of Plenty. A man from Welcome Bay, was killed in a head on collision between Napier and Taupo, on Friday. He's been named as 69 year old Andrew Turnor, a former orderly at Tauranga Hospital. Meanwhile, a van load carrying 12 teenagers crashed on the way back from a party, near Rotorua Sunday morning. Two of the teens were critically hurt, three sustained serious injuries and the other seven had moderate injuries. Senior Sergeant Brent Crow says there are indications some of them may not have been wearing seat belts. He says the van hit a verge and flipped on State Highway 5.
Rugby Team Describe Horror Smash Scene
A team of Te Puna rugby players who were at the scene of a horrific car smash which threw five children from the vehicle, believe it to be a notorious stretch of road. The Mitsubishi Pajero was travelling along State Highway 2 at Pukehina when it crashed into a traffic barrier, flipped twice then ploughed through a fence. An eleven year old girl remains in a critical condition this morning, in Starship Hospital. Te Puna Rugby team's Manager Tony Rolleston says when the arrived only moments later, all five children, including an eleven month old baby, had been flung from the car. He says they looked like animals, strewn across the road.
Suppression Orders Continue in Double Murder Case
A fruit packer charged with two counts of murder has made a brief appearance in the Tauranga District Court. Deepak Nagpal is accused of the murder of both Ravneet Sangha and her two year old daughter Anna. Their bodies were found at Ravneet's home on Ngatai Road last month. Strict suppression orders on the police summary of facts has been continued. The 23 year old has been remanded in custody until September. Pictured: Tauranga District Court
Mayor Shanghai Bound
Tauranga's Mayor will be heading to Shanghai this week in hope to secure trade deals between China and local businesses. Stuart Crosby, along with National MP Simon Bridges and other representatives of the Bay of Plenty Exporters Delegation will be visiting this year's World Expo - to showcase what the region has on offer. Mr Crosby says it's about promoting commercial development, and will be bringing along with him several local businesses as part of the New Zealand Pavilion. Pictured: Shanghai
Moko the dolphin has been farewelled in a sombre ceremony over the weekend. His body was ferried from Tauranga to Matakana Island, where he was found washed ashore over a week and a half ago. His exact burial site will remain unidentified, as it is on an area of island that needs consent to enter. Ngati Awa spokesman Pouroto Ngaropo says Moko's ancestors guided their ancestors here from Tahiti, hundreds of years ago. He says Moko is finally back in his resting place, where he belongs. Pictured: Matakana Island