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Tuesday 25 May 2010

Police Appeal for Stolen Bikes Info
Mount Maunganui police are looking into two bike shop burglaries. Three bikes were stolen from Avanti Plus Cycles at Owens Place early on Saturday morning, later that day four bikes were taken from Mount Bikes. Detective Sergeant Eddie Lyttle says a witness has told police that a white ute was seen near the Avanti store at the time of the break in. He's appealing for people who may've noticed people with new bikes suddenly, to come forward. He says people may've also been offered these bikes at bargain prices.

‘Dad and Son's Day’ Proposed
A Tauranga youth advocate is calling for a new official day to recognise the father - son relationship. Former youth worker and police officer George McCaughey believes such a day would reduce youth crime and would foster new relationships. His proposal has the backing of Tauranga MP Simon Bridges and a top youth court judge. Mr McCaughey says a Dad and Son's Day would help the country in the long term. The proposal is currently before Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.

Elms Neighbouring Property Sells for 1.3M
A Tauranga property adjoining The Elms has been bought for nearly a million dollars over capital value. It's been revealed the council chipped in $400,000 to buy the 7 Mission Street property. The Elms Trust paid $100,000 and the TECT Trust fronted up with the rest. It sold for 1.3 million dollars, its capital value is just $338,000. Three councillors who belong to the property monitoring group signed off the purchase. Councillor Bill Grainger wasn't one of them and says the council needs to be more transparent about such a purchase.

Drought Effects Continue Despite Deluge
It could take up to a year for drought stricken Bay of Plenty farmers to recover. The drought has now been broken with up to 180 millimetres falling around the region up until midnight last night. The rain will ease today. Rural Support Trust chair Derek Spratt says the news comes as a huge relief. However, he says the effects of the drought will continue.

Leaky Homes on Council Agenda
Tauranga City Councillors will next week discuss the city's leaky home problem. The Government's new rescue plan for leaky home owners would see councils paying 25 percent of the repair cost, if they opt in. If the council opts in to the plan, it could cost ratepayers 20 million dollars over 5 years. Mayor Stuart Crosby says councillors will decide next Monday whether or not to adopt the plan.

Waioeka Gorge Repairs Begin
The New Zealand Transport Agency is hoping repair work in the Waioeka gorge, south of Opotiki, can begin today. Construction was due to start yesterday but has been delayed due to poor weather conditions. If the rain holds out the highway will close for up to two-hours at a time from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon. Bay of Plenty state highway manager Rod James says several slips over the years has left the rockface unstable.

Heart Children Appeal Week
There are now just under 100 Bay of Plenty families affected by childhood heart disease. It's Heart Children Appeal Week and an exhibition showcasing 12 people who've lived with heart disease since birth, has been unveiled in Cameron Road. Vice-chair Stu Watson says the organisation wants to raise awareness of all the heart conditions that can affect children.

Posted: Tue 25 May 2010

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