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Monday 21 June 2010

Search Comes Up Empty Handed
A search off the coast of Mount Maunganui yesterday morning came to nothing. Coastguard, police and Search and Rescue staff launched the search after a resident reported seeing a distress flare. Sergeant Chris Summerville says rescue teams needed to investigate the possibility that a nearby boat may've been in trouble. However, he says the teams were later stood down. Sergeant Summerville says they're not even sure if it was a flare that was seen.

Devoy New TECT Trustee - Cooney, Scott Re-elected
A newly re-elected TECT trustee says it'll be up to the board to decide if he remains as chairman. Provisional results from the election are in. There were three positions available and chair Michael Cooney topped the poll with 10,600 votes. Squash legend Dame Susan Devoy was second, with 7,600 votes and businessman Ron Scott third with 4,000 votes. Mr Cooney says he's buoyed by the result. Just 28 percent of consumers voted. The board will meet in August to decide its new chair.

Man who Assaulted Taxi Driver Jailed
It's hoped the sentence handed down to a man who assaulted a Tauranga taxi driver, will deter others from trying the same thing. An early morning assault in March left one Tauranga Mount Taxis' driver with a number of injuries including swollen eyes, bruising and missing teeth. 20 year old Stacey Adam was jailed on Thursday for three years for the assault. Taxi manager Bruce Rainey says Adam appears to want to turn his life around by going to anger management and alcohol abuse courses.

Fewer Young Drink Drivers Caught
Police say it's encouraging to see little need for their drink driving seminars in Tauranga this year. Youth community organisation Blue Light usually runs drink driving education weekends every three months. Youth aid Constable Rob Everitt says the two-day seminar is for those aged 16 or below, who've been caught by police drinking and driving. He hopes the lack of young drink drivers caught is a sign of the times.

Growers Respond to New Kiwifruit Varieties
The Kiwifruit Growers Association says some of its members are keen to try out new varieties straight away. Last week, exporter Zespri announced it would be releasing three new varieties to the market in an effort to increase export earnings. Association president and Te Puke orchardist Peter Ombler says growers have now met to discuss the release. He says overall the response has been positive, with many growers wanting to start the process this year. Mr Ombler says there are other more conservative growers who would rather wait to see how the varieties take off first.

EBOP Looks to Improve Relations
Environment Bay of Plenty is looking at ways to better relate to its community. A review into environmental education showed the regional council needed to better align its work to achieve community outcomes. Community relations manager Bronwyn Campbell says the council is already working well with schools, business and communities. She says the review showed the council was on the right track with its environmental education.

Weekend Rainfall Soaks Bay
Bay of Plenty had another soaking over the weekend. In the 24 hours to 9 yesterday morning, Met Service recorded 32 millimetres of rainfall in Tauranga; while 21 millimetres was recorded in Whakatane. But the rain cleared quickly yesterday afternoon and isn't likely to reappear on the radar until Thursday. Thundery showers are forecast for Thursday, but long fine spells are likely in both Whakatane and Tauranga between now and then.

Posted: Mon 21 Jun 2010

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