Papamoa Domain to be Chained Shut
Papamoa councillor Wayne Moultrie says locals have had a gutsful of drunken behaviour and want it to stop. Tauranga City Council's Strategy and Policy Committee yesterday approved a plan to install chains at Papamoa Domain. The entrance will be chained shut every night. Papamoa Progressive Association spokesman Neville Dixon says residents are forever cleaning up rubbish and broken glass left by revellers. Councillor Murray Guy opposed the idea, saying chaining the park would deny the public access to their land.
EFTPOS Upgrade Improves Card Security
A Bay of Plenty EFTPOS provider says tightening security around terminals is timely. All 60 thousand terminals across New Zealand must be upgraded before June next year to meet new global security and technology standards. EFTPOS Specialists has about a thousand rental customers in Bay of Plenty. Local director Margaret Adams says she knew a few months ago that this upgrade was coming and so started the process early. She says card fraud needs to be stamped out.
Finance Minister in Town for Budget Talk
The Finance Minister hits Tauranga today to talk up the budget. It's been nearly a week since Bill English delivered his second budget, and tonight local business people will get the chance to hear more about it. Chamber of Commerce organiser Anne Pankhurst says Mr English will present an overview and then answer questions. She says already, 130 people have signed up to attend.
Police: Liquor Ban won’t Curb Homeless Problem
Tauranga police say an around the clock liquor ban won't curtail the city's problem with the homeless. Locals should soon have their say on proposed liquor free zones throughout Tauranga. A number of sites, including Papamoa Domain, Taylors Reserve, Tauranga Domain and the Merivale Shopping Centre, have been approved for consultation. Inspector Karl Wright-St Clair says police don't favour an around the clock as it wouldn't help curb the homeless problem. He says an around the clock ban would also be hard to enforce. The public consultation will run for three months.
Leaky Homes Seminar with Focus on Rescue Package
A Tauranga based leaky home repairer is urging the city council to get behind the government's rescue package. The Step Up Group is holding a seminar in Papamoa this evening to tell affected home owners how to make the most out of the rescue package. Marketing manager Claire Williams says the council won't have anything to lose if it decides to opt into the package at next Monday's meeting. She says she'll be very surprised if the council decides against taking part.
Downtown Tauranga Street Closure
A sewage pipe upgrade has closed Hamilton Street for the rest of the week. The street is closed at the intersection with Willow Street and is only open to one way traffic heading from Willow Street to the Strand. Meanwhile, the south bound lane of Maunganui Road was to be resealed late last night. It's now open to traffic again.
EERST Named Green Ribbon Finalist
A Tauranga based recycling programme is a finalist in this year's Green Ribbon Awards. Nearly 30 finalists have been announced by Environment Minister Nick Smith, ahead of next week's awards ceremony. Tauranga's Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust has been named as a finalist for its Paper4Trees programme. The programme donates native trees to schools that recycle paper and cardboard.