Wanted: Blood Donors
Tauranga's blood donor service is on a recruitment drive. There's been a 23 percent drop in the number of new people giving blood in the past year, about 4 thousand locals donate. Donor recruiter Jodie Selton says the organisation needs to replace those who naturally fall away. Tauranga's drop off in numbers was one of the biggest in the country.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Age Concern Tauranga says too many elderly are made to feel worthless and are targeted for their money. It's World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today. Age Concern president Lorraine Wilson says elderly abuse is a problem locally and it needs to be stamped out. She hopes more victims will feel encouraged to speak up.
Police Appeal for Public Sightings of Nagpal
Police investigating last week's double homicide are still appealing for public information. 32 year old Ravneet Sangha and her two year old daughter Anna were found dead in their Otumoetai home at Queen's Birthday weekend. 23 year old Deepak Nagpal has been charged with Mrs Sangha's murder. Western Bay of Plenty area commander Inspector Mike Clement says the investigation is continuing behind the scenes. He says they're still appealing for public sightings of Nagpal travelling between Auckland and Tauranga in the week leading up to the deaths.
Rugby Union Receives Bay Trust Funding
Bay of Plenty rugby union is just one of 15 organisations to benefit from the latest round of Bay Trust funding. The union's been given 25 thousand dollars towards next year's Rugby World Cup project management. The Merivale Community in Tauranga was another recipient, given 15 thousand dollars towards a youth space feasibility study.
Alleged Domestic Incident Diffused by Taser
Mount Maunganui police say the taser came in handy when dealing with an alleged domestic violence incident on Saturday. Police were confronted by a bare chested man who was bleeding and said he'd been in a fight. A short distance down the road, police found a car crashed into a fence, with a distressed woman and young screaming children inside. Inspector Karl Wright St-Clair says a second man appeared at the scene and started approaching police. He says the man then allegedly approached the woman and children and that's when the officer used the taser. Inspector Wright-St Clair says it shows how useful the taser was in diffusing the situation.
Moko Still Missing
Moko the dolphin is still at large. The friendly bottlenose arrived in Tauranga Harbour from Whakatane, just before Queens' Birthday weekend. However, he swam out to sea just two days later. Mount Maunganui woman Amy Taylor is making a documentary about Moko and says nobody knows where Moko's disappeared to. She says everyone's just hoping Moko has found a pod of dolphins to play with and that he'll return soon.
Free Coffee and Cake on Offer
Tauranga City Council's offering free coffee and cake today to anyone who has an opinion on the future of Masonic Park. The central city park will be developed in the coming years and council staff want the public's input. City Centre projects manager Adele Hadfield says the park is seen as a critical link between the waterfront and the CBD.