Job Seekers Flock to McDonalds
There's been plenty of demand for jobs at a new Mount Maunganui McDonalds restaurant. The fast food chain is opening its doors there towards the end of July. It's advertised for 90 jobs, about a thousand people applied for them. McDonalds spokeswoman Kelly Dunne says another restaurant, in Te Puke, is due to open in October. Archive photo
Funding Boost for Life Expectancy Study
Tauranga's life expectancy study has been given a funding boost. The Health Research Council has awarded 1.2 million dollars to the study. Maori aged between 80 and 90 and non Maori aged 85 are being interviewed for the project. The money is enough to extend the programme for a further 2 years.
Thunderstorm Warning Issued
MetService has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty. The frontal band that crossed Northland last night is likely to reach Auckland, Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty this morning. Gusts of 110 kilometres an hour are possible, along with localised downpours, and even tornados.
Awards for Local Volunteer, Rider
A rider and a volunteer at Tauranga's Riding for the Disabled have picked up national awards. Martyn Chew has picked up the volunteer of the year award, while 12 year old Emma Bennett is this year's rider of the year. The two awards will be officially presented by Tauranga MP Simon Bridges tomorrow. Association CEO Kat McMillan says the club is as excited as they are. Photo/Tauranga RDA
Electorate Survey Released
Tauranga MP Simon Bridges has released this year's electorate survey. He says it's a chance for locals to have their say mid-term and to comment on anything of particular concern. Mr Bridges says he's asked questions about health, education and mining. Mr Bridges says the council question about proposed charges for library books has been taken out after councillors backtracked on their idea last week.
Peters on Ministerial Credit Card Spending List
Former Tauranga MP Winston Peters is among a raft of former Ministers found to have used his ministerial credit card for personal spending. According to 2008 credit card statements, Mr Peters used the card to pay for health club treatments, alcohol, cigarettes, and duty free. There's a 144 dollar charge for duty free where the reason given was that Mr Peters' personal credit card had expired. There was also a more than 250 dollar bill for clothing while he was on a trip to Africa. All the money was repaid to Ministerial Services. Pictured: Winston Peters