Chamber Launches Business Survey
Tauranga's Chamber of Commerce wants to gauge local business confidence. It's launched a six monthly online survey asking business owners how they feel about the economy. The survey also asks people what they think the economy will be like in December and how hard or easy it is to recruit staff.
Man Airlifted to Hospital
A man's in hospital after being hit by a vehicle during a 4 wheel drive charity race. The Trust Power TECT rescue helicopter was called to the TECT All Terrain Park, between Tauranga and Rotorua on Saturday afternoon to airlift the volunteer to safety. Helicopter pilot Liam Brettkelly says a local 4 wheel drive club was giving rides to disadvantaged kids. Liam Brettkelly says the volunteer's chest and leg injuries are described as moderate.
Checkpoint Officer Struck by Car
A Tauranga police officer was left shaken on Saturday night after being hit by a passing motorist. Officers were out in force on Papamoa Beach Road at an alcohol checkpoint when the woman drove past, allegedly hitting the officer in the process. Western Bay of Plenty traffic alcohol group officer Sergeant Dan Roser says the woman only slowed at the last minute. The officer didn't suffer any injuries. The woman's been charged, after blowing a reading allegedly three times the legal alcohol limit.
Lost Father and Son Spark Reminder to Trampers
Eastern Bay of Plenty police are reminding trampers they need to thoroughly prepare for any expedition. On Thursday night, search and rescue teams were called to Lake Rotoma near Whakatane after a father and son were reported missing. They'd become lost in what was described as disgusting cold, rainy weather. Search and Rescue coordinator Sergeant Andrew O'Reilly says his team found the pair on Friday morning. He says it's a reminder to check the forecast, pack plenty of clothing and wet weather gear.
Self-harming Man Tasered
Police in the Coromandel have used a Taser on a man who was hurting himself with a sword. They were called to a house in Te Kouma yesterday morning, where they found the man with the sword, and other weapons. Police say the 46 year old refused to comply with their demands to put the weapons down, so a Taser was used for the safety of medical staff and officers. The man was treated in hospital, and has since been arrested.
New Pilot Boat for Port
The Port of Tauranga's set to get a little brighter soon, with the arrival of a new pilot boat. The 'Arataki' boat is being built in Wanganui and will be ready for use in September. Port operations manager Nigel Drake says it'll be bright yellow in colour, so it can be seen easily by vessels in the open water. Nigel Drake says the port's yet to decide what will happen to the current pilot boat.
Nervous Wait for Aspiring Top Model Teen
It'll be a nervous two weeks for one Mount Maunganui teen, waiting to hear if she's still in the running to become New Zealand's Next Top Model. The show's producers and judges were in Tauranga yesterday on their final stop to find talent for the upcoming TV series. Host Sarah Tettro says she'll leave Tauranga impressed by the high standard of potential models. One of those candidates, 18 year old Sarah Gifford says she was one of the lucky ones to be called back for a second interview. She now has to wait until June 25 to hear if she's made the next cut. Ms Gifford says she'll be trying to keep herself busy. The show's likely to air in a couple of months.