Library Books to Remain Free
Friends of the Library in Tauranga says it's over the moon adult library books will remain free. A council proposal to charge at least 50 cents for every adult book lent out has been rejected by councillors. More than 900 people wrote in opposition to the plan last month.
Bay Gets Another Drenching
Bay of Plenty civil defence officers are reminding people to clear their gutters. Heavy rainfall is expected until about midnight tonight, at least 80 millimetres is forecast. This comes as the region is still struggling to recover from last week's downpour. Civil Defence operations manager Alan Pearce says it's important that leaves are cleared from gutters to avoid flooding.
Te Puna Death Investigation Delays
Police investigating the death of a Tauranga man at a party on Saturday, have hit a delay. 23 year old Vernon Bidois died early on Saturday evening at a Te Puna Beach address, west of Tauranga. Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner says more forensic testing is needed to determine the cause of death. He says the results of the forensic testing could be another month away.
Council Gives Nod to Rescue Package
Leaky home owners in Tauranga may soon get half their repair bill paid. The city council has agreed in principle to the Government's rescue package. The package would see the Government and the council each contributing quarter of the repair cost. Mayor Stuart Crosby says it's time the situation was sorted. Stuart Crosby says the council's directly liable for about 15 leaky homes, the other 135 were signed off by private certifiers.
Emergency Beacon Tracked to Refuse Centre
Search and Rescue staff have warned against careless dumping of emergency locator beacons. Staff spent yesterday searching the coastline after being told of an emergency locator beacon going off in the area. The beacon was eventually tracked to the refuse centre at Truman Lane. Western Bay of Plenty SAR Coordinator Sergeant Craig Madden says anyone still in possession of the older 121 or 243 MHz distress beacon should hand them in to either the local Police Station or the local Coast Guard for deactivation prior to disposal.
Trust to Meet with Little Waihi Residents
Te Arawa Lakes Trust has called a meeting with its Little Waihi residents. The trust owns much of the land in the tiny Bay of Plenty settlement and has issued an eviction notice to residents. Trust chair Toby Curtis says he wants to make sure residents are fully informed of the decision.