Matapihi Rail Bridge Lights Vandalised
New solar powered lights leading to the Matapihi Rail Bridge have been destroyed, just six weeks after they were installed. 28 lights were installed to brighten the path alongside the harbour. However, a number of the lights have already been destroyed by vandals, and others have been damaged. It's not yet known if they'll be replaced.
Kiwifruit Exporter Targets Asian Market
New Zealand's biggest kiwifruit exporter will be focusing on Asia in order to triple its export income. Mount Manganui's Zespri wants to reach 3 billion dollars of export earnings per year by 2025. CEO Lain Jager says kiwifruit should be at the forefront of the country's export led recovery.
Last Day for TECT Vote
Voting so far in the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust elections is down this year. 18 candidates are vying for 3 positions on the trust board. Voting closes at midday today. Independent returning officer Warwick Lampp says so far, just over 15 thousand of the 55 thousand papers have been sent back.
Action Packed Day for PM
Prime Minister John Key enjoyed an action packed day in Tauranga yesterday. He spoke at a celebration of The Acorn Foundation's first 100 donors, where he spoke to about 200 guests. He then went to Zespri to hear about its plan to triple its kiwifruit export earnings. Mr Key also took a tour of one of the coolstores, before having lunch withe the Otumoetai Mens' Probus Club and meeting with the local delegation heading to the World Expo.
Rain Forecast for Tauranga
Heavy rain is back on the radar for Tauranga, and it looks like it could be setting in. After a rain free week, another low this weekend is likely to bring with it more rain. The Weather Watch Centre says unfortunately a wet forecast may become the norm this winter.
Greerton Mussel Plant a World First
The new multi million dollar North Island Mussel Processors' automated factory in Greerton, is a world first. The plant, which opened yesterday, will process 3,600 mussels every hour. Company chairman Geoff Burgess says the plant has the world's first automatic mussel opening machines.