Push to Keep Tertiary Students in the Bay
Bay of Plenty's Smart Growth Committee wants to keep as many tertiary students as possible in the region. A new action plan looks at how the Bay of Plenty Polytech can keep students from leaving the region for tertiary study. Committee chair Bill Wasley says the report's aim is to increase tertiary participation and to use the region's competitive advantages. He says the partnership between the polytech and Waikato University is starting to make inroads.
Child Restraint Survey Result Disappoints Mayor
A Bay of Plenty mayor can't believe how few parents are buckling up their children. A recent survey of nearly 100 drivers in Te Puke showed three quarters of motorists hadn't correctly restrained their children. Four children hadn't been restrained at all. Western Bay of Plenty mayor Ross Paterson says he's utterly disappointed by the result. The Transport Agency ranks the region as the country's worst for child restraint.
Tauranga Bus Stop Changes
Changes are afoot to Tauranga's bus services. Willow Street, between Hamilton and Wharf Streets will be closed for the next few weeks, to allow contractors to upgrade sewage and water services. That means regional, charter and tour bus services will now stop at and depart from Wharf Street.
Prime Minister in Town
Prime Minister John Key is spending the whole day in Tauranga today. He's starting the visit at a breakfast function to celebrate the first 100 donors to the Acorn Foundation. Prime Minister Key will then speak to Grey Power, open a mussel processing factory, and meet with the Bay of Plenty delegation for the Shanghai World Expo.
Blackout Cause Under Investigation
More than 20 thousand homes in Papamoa and Mount Maunganui were affected by yesterday's power outage. The blackout was caused by an outage at a Transpower grid. Power went out just after midday and was fully restored before 1pm. PowerCo supplies the electricity from Transpower and spokesman Phil Marsh says they'll be investigating the cause.
Free Men’s Health Check on Offer
Free men's health checks are on offer this morning at the Historic Village as part of Men's Health Awareness Week. A dozen local organisations, including Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Cardiac Centre will be on hand to offer checks and advice. Age Concern says all too often men neglect their own health, until it's too late.
Half Ironman Entries Sell Out Fast
One of New Zealand's most popular half ironman events has sold out in record time. Every January, Mount Maunganui hosts the Port of Tauranga Half Ironman, which is also the national championship for the half ironman distance. Competitors swim 2 kilometres, cycle 90 kilometres, and then run 21 kilometres. Sport Bay of Plenty CEO Wayne Werder says entries sold out in 58 minutes yesterday.