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Monday 31 May 2010

BOP in Firing Line for Heavy Rain
Parts of the Bay of Plenty won't have even dried out yet, and already more heavy rain is on its way. It's the fifth low pressure system to bring rain in a matter of weeks, turning some drought regions into flood zones. Philip Duncan of WeatherWatch says much of the Bay of Plenty is in the firing line again. He says heavy rain's also likely in the Kaimai and Mamaku Ranges. It's expected to start in the north overnight tonight and not clear in eastern areas until Thursday or Friday.

TECT Voting Papers Out
The deputy chair of the Tauranga Energy Consumers Trust says the past couple of years have been reasonably challenging. Voting papers have just been sent out to locals, to elect three new board members. Current deputy chair Bruce Cronin says he's buoyed by the high calibre of the 18 candidates. Mr Cronin says the past couple of years have been reasonably tough. Bruce Cronin is also chair of Bay Trust.

Party Death Investigation Underway
Police in Tauranga hope more forensic testing will determine how a man died at a party on Saturday night. 23 year old Vernon Bidois died early on Saturday evening at a Te Puna Beach address, about 10 kilometres west of Tauranga. About 30 people are reported to have been at the party at the time. Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner says yesterday's post mortem in Auckland proved inconclusive. He says further forensic tests are needed to determine the cause of the death. Police are continuing to speak with witnesses from the party.

Council Urged to Adopt Leaky Home Package
A leaky home lawyer has warned Tauranga City Council that it would be better off adopting the leaky home rescue package. The council will this morning decide on whether to adopt the package, which would see it contributing 25 percent of the repair bill. It's the last affected council to make the decision. Paul Grimshaw is urging the council to go ahead. If adopted, the plan would cost ratepayers 20 million dollars over 5 years.

Three Arrested over Car Break-Ins
Police are urging people to keep valuables hidden, following a spate of car break-ins. Three people were arrested on Friday, for allegedly breaking into a house and 15 vehicles in the Welcome Bay area. Detective Sergeant Peter Blackwell says wallets, cell phones, i-Pods and GPS systems were all stolen. He says the cars hadn't been secured and in one case, the keys had been left in the ignition. Detective Sergeant Blackwell says it shows the importance of locking your car and keeping valuables out of sight.

Little Waihi Residents Face Eviction
One Little Waihi resident says he'll fight til the end to keep the community together. Residents in the tiny Bay of Plenty settlement are facing eviction after landowner Te Arawa terminated the lease. More than 100 people are affected. Jack Elsworth says Te Arawa seems to think the town's sewage system is damaging the nearby estuary. He says no one is in a position to leave.

D-Day for Book Charge Plans
An opponent of a plan to charge for Tauranga's library books has made a last ditch appeal to the council. City Councillors will today make a final decision on whether or not to charge for all adult library books borrowed. Vocal opponent Vanessa Byrnes says ongoing public opposition to the plan, could sway councillors. She says councillors need to remember they're elected to serve the community. Vanessa Byrnes says more than 900 people recently voiced their opinion on library charges in the draft annual plan submission process.

Posted: Mon 31 May 2010

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