Convictions for Marine Reserve Fishing
Four men have been convicted for fishing within the boundaries of a Bay of Plenty Marine Reserve during a fishing competition. The group pleaded guilty in the Tauranga District Court, for having lines out 650 meters inside the seaward boundary on Mayor Island, in February this year. In the Department of Conservation summary read to the court, the men had told rangers they were participating in the Whangamata Classic Fishing Competition. The group said they'd misread their position on the GPS mistakenly assuming they were at the opposite end of the Island. There was no evidence to suggest whether they'd actually caught fish from within the Marine Reserve, but subsequently had their fishing gear seized. They've each been fined 400-dollars, and also have to forfeit 1400 dollars they paid to DOC to retrieve their fishing rods. Pictured: Mayor Island/Department of Conservation
Matakana Island Final Resting Place for Moko
Sea-side Mahia is gutted Moko the dolphin won't be buried on their beachfront. DOC has confirmed the bottlenose dolphin will be taken back to Matakana Island, where he washed up, a week ago. The guardians, Ngatirangi, will have access to his remains. Mahia resident Bill Short says Moko was sent to them from the Gods, three years ago. He says Moko came as a fresh dolphin, and they'd trained him. Mr Short says it's a shame he's left them. An official ceremony for Moko will be held this Friday, in Whakatane. He'll then be taken to Matakana Island for burial on Saturday. Pictured: Matakana Island
Crash Victim’s Family Devastated
The family of a Tauranga man killed in a motorcycle accident Tuesday night have been left devastated. Nelson Bruce Commerer died instantly after colliding head-on with a Ute, along Oropi Road. The 53 year old leaves behind his two sisters, a mother and nieces and nephews. Family spokesman, Dave Corban, says his uncle only had his motorcycle a month before the crash. He says his family were yet to get over another fatal accident, which left his other uncle dead, some twenty-two years ago
Real Estate Figures Show Decline
The Tauranga housing market still has some catching up to do. According to latest figures out from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand, sales of residential propoerties were down 12 on May. The median price also dropped $10,000 from $340,000 in May. LJ Hooker Spokesman, Neville Falcolner says the region was left out in comments made by economists about which parts of country were growing. He says we are not keeping up with the national trend. Meanwhile the median house price in Mt Mounganui/Papamoa decreased to $375,150 - that's from $412,500 in April. Sales also fell to 54 back from 71 in June last year.
Teen Critically Injured in Truck Crash
A Katikati woman remains in intensive care with critical injuries, after she ploughed her car into a truck and was dragged 100 metres underneath its wheels. The truck was fully laden with gravel and heading from a nearby quarry when Alysha Shoosmith pulled out from a driveway on Tuesday night, and collided with it. Katikati fire officer, Peter Carney says they were forced to use the jaws of life to free the 18 year old from the vehicle. He says the truck driver did a superb job stopping, as he could have easily lost control.