Vercoe Family Speaks Up Over Sentence
Friends and family of Bay of Plenty regional councillor Hawea Vercoe say New Zealand has big issues with its alcohol. Isaiah Tai has been sentenced to two years and 10 months after pleading guilty to manslaughter in April. Mr Vercoe's cousin Claire Nicholson says alcohol fuelled the death of one of the region's inspirational leaders. She says a sentence under three years isn't going to help combat the problem of binge drinking. Pictured: Hawea Vercoe
Eastern Bay Deluge a ‘Once in a Hundred Year Event’
Heavy rainfall in Whakatane on Tuesday night almost caused the local police station to flood. Heavy downpours in the Eastern Bay of Plenty caused road closures, slips and surface flooding. Environment Bay of Plenty says it was a once in a one hundred year event. Acting police area commander Inspector Greg Sparrow says the water was lapping at the front of the police station and even flooded a number of vehicles. Inspector Sparrow says a debrief yesterday saw authorities happy with the relief effort.
TECT Voter Packs to Consumer Only
There's concern that Tauranga's TECT trust only lets the bill payer vote for trustees. 55 thousand voting papers have now been sent out for this year's election. Omokoroa resident Wendy Galloway says she wants to vote too, but can't because the papers were simply addressed to her husband. Independent returning officer Warwick Lampp says voter packs have only been sent to the consumer. Mr Lampp says already there's been 12 hundred postal and internet votes.
Route K Tolls Set to Increase
There's likely to be a big drop off in the number of motorists using Route K from next year. Tauranga City Council has decided to increase the toll on the road from 1 to 2 dollars for cars and from 4 to 5 dollars for trucks. The increase is subject to a feasibility study later this year. Councillor Murray Guy says there will be a drop off in numbers.
Cycleway Feasibility Study Completed
Tourism Bay of Plenty has completed its all important cycleway feasibility study. CEO Tim Burgess wants to secure 3.5 million dollars of public funding for the Tauranga Moana Coastal Cycle Trail. He says the feasibility study was sent away on Monday and a decision on funding will be made at the end of the month. Mr Burgess says the study was quite detailed.
Qualmark Enviro Bronze Rating for Hostel
Tauranga's Youth hostel has been awarded a Qualmark Enviro Bronze rating. Manager Lyn Cotterill says the award was given to recognise the YHA's commitment to sustainability. She says it also took into account plans to get staff and backpackers replanting native trees in the city.