‘Pay Attention’ - Police Appeal to Motorists
Tauranga police are urging motorists not to let their mind or eyes wander from the road. Police say 71 people have died on New Zealand roads during this year's 21 weekends so far. Local road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion says speed and alcohol are a real issue. However he says driver inattention is perhaps the worst killer.
Spectators Abuse Rugby Player
Opotiki College's principal says last week's ill fated rugby match, during which threats were made, proves not all spectators are well behaved. Three female spectators started hurling abuse and threats at a visiting Edgecumbe College player, and refused to leave the school grounds. Maurice Abraham says the trio was arrested by police and trespassed from the school. He says he's taking all possible steps to ensure it doesn't happen again.
Recession Forces Company to Shut Up Shop
While business confidence around Tauranga may be high, it's the end of the road for one local company. Zarrb Design at Bayfair is shutting up shop within the next two or three months. A spokeswoman says it's as a direct result of the recession. She says after 18 years, the company's been forced to wind down its operations throughout the country over the next six months. It affects 70 staff nationwide. The move comes as Priority One's latest confidence survey shows a buoyant outlook for the region.
More Rain on the Way
Eastern Bay of Plenty could be in for another wet day today, as a subtropical low moves over the region. The Weather Watch Centre says it's unlikely to bring with it heavy rain, but people in the region need to watch for rising water levels in already swollen rivers.
Economic Recovery ‘Patchy’
An economic development agency agrees with the Finance Minister's assessment of Tauranga's economic recovery. Bill English was in the city on Wednesday talking to local business people about last week's budget. He said the economic recovery has been patchy. Priority One CEO Andrew Coker says the past year has been tough for a region so focussed on population growth.
YMCA Celebrates Milestone
YMCA is celebrating 30 years in Tauranga. The organisation is having a family day out tomorrow afternoon to celebrate. Devonport Road between 13th and 14th Avenues will be closed for the festivities. YMCA says it's even putting on a huge cake to mark the milestone.
Classic Flyers Birthday Weekend
Tauranga's only aviation museum turns five this weekend. Classic Flyers says it's stronger than ever with locals and international visitors constantly coming through the doors. Sales manager Shannon Mansell says the celebrations will include classic car and aircraft displays and discounted museum entry. He says reaction from visitors is always positive.