Make Sure You’re Registered to Vote - Electoral Office
With local body elections just three months away, all eligible voters are being urged to make sure they are registered. More than one hundred and twelve thousand update packs have been sent out to eligible voters across the Bay. The Electoral office is urging people to contact them if they don't receive their packs by Thursday, as it could mean they are not registered. If you have just turned eighteen or about to before October, you also being urged to enrol now.
Beware of Fake Notes
There has been a spate of counterfeit money turning up locally. Police say fake ten, twenty and hundred dollar notes have appeared at Mount Maunganui businesses. Members of the public are asked to contact the police if any suspicious notes rip easily.
Stricter Penalties for Animal Abuse
Stricter penalties for the ill-treatment of animals is now in place after a bill put forward by Tauranga MP Simon Bridges, was passed with the support of all parties. The maximum jail term has increased from three years to five.
Hotel Fire Investigation Continues
Eastern Bay police are continuing to investigate the fire that destroyed the Pinelands Hotel in Kawerau on Friday. Detective Sergeant Ross Everest says they are currently speaking to patrons who were drinking at the premises on Thursday night and Friday morning. As well they are investigating the report of an aggravated robbery, that may have taken place before the fire and whether an accellerant was used on the building and thrown over the victim.
Warm but Wet June
Tauranga was warmer but wetter than normal in June. In figures just released from NIWA, it shows we had above average temperatures, and our rainfall was higher, exceeding 200mm for the month.