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Monday 17 May 2010

Tauranga Man dies in Hunting Accident
Tauranga Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of  a 59 year old Tauranga man on Sunday evening. Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner said that the man and 2 relations were hunting turkeys on a remote rural block south of Te Puke. The cause of death has not been established and a post mortem examination will be conducted today.

EBOP Draft Annual Plan Hearings Begin
Environment Bay of Plenty will hear from all the local councils during draft annual plan hearings. Two days of hearings begin in Tauranga this morning, councillors head to Whakatane and Rotorua tomorrow. Council chair John Cronin says almost 80 submissions in total were received, half of those came from Tauranga. He says each council has submitted. John Cronin is disappointed with the level of public interest.

Kestrel Draws Interest on Trade Me
It appears there's a huge amount of interest in one of Tauranga's waterfront icons. The MV Kestrel wooden ferry, which was operating as a restaurant until two years ago, is up for sale. It's been listed on Trade Me and the page has now had more than 6 thousand views.

 

Rain Relief for Farmers
Bay of Plenty farmers are hoping for warm weather and more rain this week. At least 50 millimetres of rain fell in Tauranga over the weekend, with similar amounts around the whole region. Rural Support Trust chair Derek Spratt says grass has already started growing a few inches every day. He says this week's forecast looks good too with more rain and warm temperatures on the way.

Liquor Store Appeals Licence Cancellation
Police are unsure exactly why a Tauranga liquor store is appealing its licence cancellation. Omanu Wines and Spirits was allegedly caught selling to minors last month. Sergeant Nigel McGlone says the cancellation was to take effect on Friday but that's been postponed til an appeal is heard next month. Sergeant Nigel McGlone says the cancellation of the manager's certificate is not being appealed.

Newspaper 'Abused' over Park Attack Article
A Bay of Plenty newspaper is considering upping security following abuse from apparent gang affiliates angered by a story. A four year old boy was assaulted in a Whakatane park over a week ago, by what police describe as 'wannabe' gang members. The Whakatane Beacon published a story about the attack. Editor Mark Dawson says a group of four youths stormed into the paper's office last week shouting abuse at staff because of the article.

Report: Sulphur Dioxide Spike a ‘One Off’
A spike in Tauranga's sulphur dioxide levels in 2006 appears to have been a one-off. The latest national 'Air Quality' report has just been released and shows the breaches recorded four years ago have never been repeated. Environment Bay of Plenty water management group manager Eddie Grogan says the cause of those breaches was never identified.

Still a Way to Go for Women in Business
Tauranga community leaders say there's still not enough local women in key business roles. Almost 150 business women turned out to hear a number of guest speakers at the Regional Business Women's Conference at the weekend. Organiser Anne Pankhurst says the event was about inspiring and motivating women. She says there's still a way to go for business women in Tauranga. Pictured: Anne Pankhurst

Posted: Mon 17 May 2010

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