Tuesday 18 May 2010

Strand Walkway to be Reviewed
A decision on exactly where The Strand's pedestrians are allowed to walk, will be made today. A trial, in place since last year, has seen the pedestrian walkway move to the outer footpath from 4pm daily, clear of bar tables. Environmental compliance and monitoring manager John Payne says the success or otherwise of that trial will be reviewed at today's council meeting.

Business Awards Set to Launch
Tauranga's annual business awards are seen as a chance for businesses to work on themselves. The Westpac Tauranga Business awards will be launched tomorrow, and the winners will be announced in November. Chamber of Commerce CEO Max Mason says businesses like the chance to prove themselves.


Mayor Welcomes New Leaky Homes Plan
Tauranga ratepayers could be forced to stump up millions of dollars to help repair leaky homes. A new rescue plan would see the taxpayer kicking in 25 percent of the repair cost, ratepayers another 25 percent and the owner, through a Government guaranteed loan, the remaining 50 percent. Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby has welcomed the plan and says the council will now seek public feedback on the idea. He says it will impact on ratepayers to the tune of around 20 million over 5 years.

Kiwifruit Growers Hit by Storm
Bay of Plenty kiwifruit growers, counting their losses after the weekend's hail storm, will receive assistance. The Kiwifruit Growers Association estimates up to 20 percent of some farmers' fruit was lost as the storm ripped through Te Puke. President Peter Ombler says it's too early to put a value on the loss.


Museum Back in Spotlight
The contentious issue of Tauranga's future museum is back on the agenda today. Councillors will vote on recommendations made last month to build the museum at Cliff Road and to establish a Museum Community Trust to oversee the development.


TrustPower Shows Profit
Tauranga power company TrustPower is expecting another year in the black this year. New financial results for the year to March, show full year profit was up nearly 15 million to 119 million dollars. CEO Vince Hawksworth says even though revenue was down throughout the year, so were the company's expenses. He's expecting another positive year.

‘Men’s Shed’ Opens to Community
A Tauranga occupational therapist wants more older men involved in DIY projects. The 'Men's Shed' has been operating from the Historic Village for the past couple of months, and gives older men the chance to hone their DIY skills and socially interact with others. Celine Dippie has been running the shed as a work project, but from June she'll open it up to the rest of the community. Celine Dippie says if others are interested, they can contact 579 8535.

Posted: Tue 18 May 2010






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