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Thursday 20 May 2010

Home Heating Tips Ahead of  Winter
Bay of Plenty's public health service says it's important to heat homes properly, ahead of winter. Toi Te Ora has developed some fact sheets and tips on how to improve indoor air quality, control mould and warm up the environment. Regional manager Graeme Savage says some homes in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Tauranga are poorly heated and need to be better insulated.

Kiwifruit Campaign Aims for America
A Mount Maunganui company's doing what it can to raise the profile of kiwifruit in America. Zespri wants more American customers buying the fruit and visiting New Zealand. It's launched the Great Kiwifruit Adventure Campaign, alongside Tourism Bay of Plenty and Air New Zealand. The competition runs until October and gives the American winner a trip to New Zealand and in particular the Bay of Plenty.

Mixed Results for DHB
Bay of Plenty District Health Board's on track to perform 4 thousand elective surgeries this year. Just released figures gauge hospital performance across a number of areas including emergency department waiting times and elective surgery waiting lists. It was a mixed bag for the DHB, with below target immunisation rates for two year olds and poor access to smokefree services for patients. Bay of Plenty has also fallen short of the emergency department target to treat 95 percent of patients within six hours. However the DHB is on track to meet the national target of four thousand elective surgeries this year.

Trust to Look at Museum Site Options
Cliff Road is no longer the preferred option for a Tauranga museum. The long running debate took another step forward at this week's council meeting with the creation of a new Museum Community Trust. The trust will fund and operate the museum. Councillor Murray Guy is happy other potential sites, such as the Historic Village or the Elms, are back on the table. Pictured: The Elms

Kiwi Sanctuary Gets New Chick
Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust hopes its new kiwi chick will soon speed up the breeding programme. The kiwi sanctuary, just south of Tauranga, is about to take possession of a 6 month old male chick. Trustee Carol Long says she hopes the male can speed up the breeding process, but that won't be for some time. She says the trust has put aside this year's plans to build a visitor centre on the site, and will instead build it next year.

Alleged Playground Assaulter Named
The man accused of assaulting a Whakatane toddler last week is fearful of gang retaliation. A four year old wearing a red t-shirt, was assaulted last week while playing on a playground. It's alleged Dusty Ngaio Marsters-Pomana, wearing blue colours representative of Black Power, poked the boy. Marsters-Pomana appeared in the Whakatane District Court yesterday and has been ordered to reappear on July 16. His lawyer, Gene Tomlinson asked for suppression to remain, and said his client was afraid of gang retaliation. The Judge warned others against retaliation.

Rebound for BOP Economy
It appears the Bay of Plenty's economy is rebounding faster than many other regions. The latest National Bank Regional Trends survey shows growth of 1.1 percent for the year to March. It says the region was one of the only areas to record a rise in accommodation guest nights. However, business and consumer confidence grew slower than the national average, as did the employment rate.

Posted: Thu 20 May 2010

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