Police Gearing Up for Long Weekend
Western Bay of Plenty police say they want motorists to get to their destination this long weekend. Police will be taking a zero tolerance approach, ticketing anyone caught driving just four kilometres over the speed limit. Road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion says extra staff will be on duty around the Western Bay.
Deepening of Port’s Shipping Channels Recommended
The Port of Tauranga wants to become an international port. A panel of three environment commissioners has recommended the Port of Tauranga be allowed to deepen its shipping channels. The recommendation is subject to approval by the Minister of Conservation. Port property manager Tony Reynish says deepening the channels would cost up to 70 million dollars. He says that will bring untold benefits to the economy.
Weekend Forecast: Frost, Then Rain
A mixed bag of weather for the long weekend. The Weather Watch Centre is predicting a frosty start this morning for much of the Bay of Plenty. However, another low is expected over the region as early as Sunday and that could bring with it heavy downpours for some already soaked areas. This means more surface flooding is likely.
Moko The Dolphin Visits Bay
The Department of Conservation is urging onlookers not to get too close to Moko the dolphin. He's left Whakatane, where he's been since January, and arrived at Pilot Bay at Mount Maunganui yesterday morning. DOC spokesman John Heaphy says there's concern for Moko's safety when beach activity increases on the weekend.
Sponsorship Deal to Increase Kiwi Population
Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust holds high hopes for more kiwi chicks by the end of the year. The kiwi sanctuary, just south of Tauranga, has signed a 5 year sponsorship deal with kiwifruit exporter Zespri. Trustee Stephen Parr says community support has been steady over the years. He says this new sponsorship will allow the trust to get more kiwi chicks.
Aviatrixes Descend on Tauranga
Dozens of female aviators are descending on Tauranga this weekend for a major milestone. The Association of Women in Aviation is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Five Australian women are also flying over to take part. It begins with an AGM and leads on to a number of flying competitions throughout the weekend.