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Thursday 27 May 2010

Future of Eel Fishing on the Agenda
Fisheries experts will be in Whakatane today looking at the future of sustainable eel fishing. The National Eel Fisheries Workshop will work out ways to achieve sustainable fishing practice and preserve the species for many years to come. Local iwi says it wants to play an active role in the commercial management of what it considers taonga, which needs to be protected. Photo/DOC

Draft Fire Ban Bylaw Adopted
Tauranga City Council will soon be able to put in place fire restrictions during dry months. In January this year, councillors discovered they couldn't impose fire bans or restrictions around the city, because there was no bylaw allowing it. At Wednesday's Strategy and Policy Committee meeting, councillors adopted a draft bylaw which will be sent out for public consultation. Council staff will then be able to impose city wide fire bans or restrictions, along with the Western Bay of Plenty District Council.

Flood Monitoring Continues
Bay of Plenty flood officers will find out today whether the recent heavy rain has caused any damage around the city. It's been raining most of the week, with at least 200 millimetres falling around Tauranga earlier this week. Yesterday was the first fine break in a few days. Local flood manager Roger Waugh says monitoring will continue over the coming days.

Right Bulbs a Money Saver
It appears Bay of Plenty locals are wasting millions of dollars every year on energy bills. The Electricity Commission says residents could save at least 8 million dollars simply by fitting energy efficient lightbulbs. Commission chairman David Caygill says on average, one in every six Bay of Plenty homes have no fluorescent lamps fitted. He says nearly ninety percent of homes still have the older style bulbs in over half the sockets.

CAA Regulations May Force Rescue Chopper Upgrade
Tauranga's rescue helicopter trust may be forced to upgrade its chopper to comply with Civil Aviation regulations. The regulations state only twin engined aircraft can fly around or land on top of hospitals, except in a life or death situation. The Trust Power TECT rescue helicopter is a single engined aircraft. Phillips Search and Rescue Trust runs the service and secretary David Wickham says he's reviewing the options at the moment. He says the trust may have no choice but to upgrade to a double engined helicopter. Mr Wickham says another option is looking at alternative landing locations, such as the airport near Mount Maunganui.

Gardener of the Year Nominations Open
The hunt is on for Bay of Plenty's keenest gardener. Nominations are now open for the 2010 New Zealand Gardener of the Year. Regional winners from around the country will take home gardening products worth more than 1 thousand dollars. The supreme winner will take home 5 thousand dollars of goodies and tickets to next year's Ellerslie Flower Show. Nominations close late July.

Posted: Thu 27 May 2010

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