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Thursday 24 June 2010

Assault Victim Dies, Son Accused
The elderly Tauranga man who died yesterday was the father of the accused. 76 year old David Tait was rushed to hospital on Tuesday afternoon with life threatening injuries. He died yesterday. His son, 45 year old Murray Tait has been charged with assault but not with murder. But more charges are likely to be laid at Murray Tait's next court appearance. Police believe the assault was a domestic related incident. Officers remain at David Tait's 15th Avenue unit, the driveway is cordoned off and forensic teams are also still there. Murray Tait was remanded in custody and will reappear next Wednesday.

Man Airlifted to Hospital
The Trust Power TECT helicopter was called to motorbike accident in Te Puke yesterday. A 21 year old was riding his bike when he collided with a ute. He was thrown off the bike and had to be airlifted to hospital in a serious condition, with leg injuries.

 

Support Service for Toxin Victims
A group of former sawmill workers exposed to a dangerous toxin, have been offered a lifeline. The group of Whakatane workers, exposed to high levels of the toxin pentachlorophenol between 1950 and 1980, met with health officials yesterday to voice their concerns. The Ministry of Health has offered a support service, with free access to health programmes, counseling and doctors check ups. Spokeswoman Sally Gilbert says people yesterday realised this is just the start.

More Votes for TECT Top 3
The newly re-elected chairman of the Tauranga Energy Consumers Trust has gained another 400 votes. Final results from last week's election are in. There were three positions available and chair Michael Cooney topped the poll with nearly 11 thousand votes. That's nearly 400 more than last week's provisional result. Other numbers went up too, with an increase for second placed Dame Susan Devoy and third placed Ron Scott. An increase of a hundred votes for fourth placed Colin Booth wasn't enough to get him a seat.

Mount Bistro Restaurant of the Year Finalist
Mount Bistro has been recognised as being at the top of its game. The Mount Maunganui restaurant has been named by Cuisine magazine as a finalist in the Restaurant of the Year awards. It's the first time ever Mount Maunganui has featured in the awards. The winner will be announced in August.

Posted: Thu 24 Jun 2010

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