Brazilian Oil Co to Explore Raukumara Basin
Brazilian energy giant Petrobras International has been awarded its first ever New Zealand petroleum exploration permit. The permit is for the Raukumara Basin off the East Coast, near White Island. Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee says Petrobras is an international giant and a world leader in offshore drilling technology and production. The permit covers over 12 thousand square kilometres. Archive photo
Rain Causes Flooding
Emergency services were kept busy yesterday as the rain caused plenty of surface flooding around Tauranga. Parts of Oceanbeach Road at Mount Maunganui were closed due to the flooding, while others around Papamoa were also affected. Firefighters also rescued a family from a car trapped in floodwaters on Oceanbeach Road at Mount Maunganui. Environment Bay of Plenty says there were no major issues reported. However, flood manager Roger Waugh says he'll be keeping a close eye on eastern areas until the rain band moves off the region later today.
No Increase in Parking Fees
The cost of parking in the central city will not rise, as a result of the GST increase. GST is set to rise to 15 percent from October and Tauranga City Councillors yesterday looked at whether or not to raise parking fees. The proposed fee of 2 dollars 10 would have been a rounded up figure, meaning the council could've collected an extra 200 thousand dollars. CEO Stephen Town says that would've been seen by the public as revenue raking. The fee will stay at 2 dollars until next June, when it'll be reassessed. Councillors say there are other areas where the increase in GST will be absorbed by the council. Photo/Garret Horwitz
Rain Delays Kiwifruit Harvest
Recent rainfall around the Bay of Plenty has delayed the kiwifruit harvesting season. Harvest began early this year and indications are that 100 million trays will be exported. Zespri spokeswoman Carol Ward says rainfall over the past fortnight has held up harvesting. She's hopeful harvesting will get back to normal as the rain begins to clear.
Tech Expo Aimed at Local Businesses
Tauranga's economic development agency wants to make local business more technology savvy. Priority One hosted a business technology expo yesterday, with 21 local IT companies showcasing their wares. Projects manager Annie Hill says the aim was to teach local business people to embrace technology.
Life Expectancy Survey Underway
A Bowentown 80 year old reckons she's got a lot to offer a Western Bay of Plenty life expectancy survey. The new region wide study is taking a look at lifestyle factors and health issues of at least 700 Maori and non Maori over a decade. Yesterday, Bowentown local Delia Faulkner was acknowledged as the 100th respondent to the study. She says her wisdom and life experience must count for a lot.