Police Investigate Vicious Assault on 80 Year Old
Police in Tauranga are continuing their investigation of a vicious assault yesterday. An 80 year old man was found in his Avenues home yesterday afternoon, with serious head injuries. Detective Senior Sergeant Lindsay Pilbrow says a concerned family member called police to break into the property. He says they found the man with life threatening head injuries and St John Ambulance staff took him straight to hospital. There he underwent surgery. Detective Senior Sergeant Pilbrow says police have launched an investigation and they're talking to neighbours and occupants of the man's home.
Bid to Shelve Hot Pools Plan Fails
Another attempt at council cost cutting in Tauranga has been labelled as poorly thought out and researched. Councillor Rick Curach made his second bid of the year yesterday to cut 2.5 million dollars from the budget. He says that would mean the rate rise of 10 percent next financial year could be lowered. Councillor Curach wanted the council to shelve its 7 million dollar Mount Maunganui hot pool plan. However, the notice of motion was narrowly defeated.
Car Rear Ends Bus
A seven year old received minor injuries when the car the child was in rear ended a bus in Papamoa yesterday. It appears the driver of the Mitsubishi Chariot didn't see the parked bus and drove straight into it. The left front of the vehicle got partially stuck underneath, lifting the bus off the road. Go Bus commercial director Craig Worth says there were no injuries to bus passengers.
Tauranga Rates Hike Highest in Country
Tauranga City Council's new rate rise will be the biggest in the country. The increase, to take effect from July 1, will be almost 10 percent. That's nearly 10 times Rotorua's 1 percent increase and about 4 percent higher than the second most expensive rise in Nelson. However, Mayor Stuart Crosby says when the dollars are taken into consideration, most council's rises will end up being higher. He says despite Auckland's rate strike coming in at less than 2 percent, the city's rates are already 1 thousand dollars on average more than those in Tauranga.
New Video Shows off Bay
Tourism Bay of Plenty is working on a new promotional video of the region. The two minute montage of all things good about the Bay features music from Mount Maunganui artist Mel Brady. Tourism chief Tim Burgess says it's an update of their four year old video. He says it's used at domestic and international trade shows to promote Tauranga and the region.
Band Pulls out of Rockquest
One of Bethlehem College's two bands in the Smokefree Rockquest, has pulled out. 14 bands from colleges around the Bay of Plenty are gearing up for the regional final on Friday. Bethlehem's Stars They Fall has pulled out and been replaced by Envious from Tauranga Girls' College.
Local Restaurants on Beer and Wild Food Leaderboard
A Waihi Beach restaurant is on the leaderboard for the Monteith's Beer and Wild Food Challenge. The nationwide challenge matches wild food dishes with different Monteith beers. Waihi's The Porch Kitchen and Bar is sitting at number 5 on the leaderboard after just two weeks. Astrolabe in Mount Maunganui is sitting at number 10.