Police Hunt Playground Attacker
Eastern Bay of Plenty Police still need help tracking down the man who allegedly assaulted a young boy in Whakatane. A four year old was assaulted while playing on a playground for wearing a red t-shirt. A man wearing blue clothing, representative of Black Power, poked the boy and pulled the shirt off him. Archive photo
Historic Village ‘Needs Vibrancy’
Tauranga City Council's been told it needs to restore the Historic Village to its former glory. A public meeting was held yesterday to address the future direction of the 17th Avenue facility. One tenant, Barbara Messenger from the Regional Multicultural Council, says the village is dead and needs a massive injection of vibrancy.
Iconic Ferry for Sale
Tauranga's iconic MV Kestrel is for sale. The boat began life in 1905 working on the Devonport service and has been docked at the waterfront in Tauranga since 2004. Owner Mark Scapens says the boat can no longer be serviced in Tauranga since the slipway was removed recently to make way for the Harbour Link bridge. He says the waterfront lease expires in four years and isn't likely to be renewed.
Abducted Girl ‘Threatened with Knife’
The Tauranga girl reportedly abducted early this week says she was threatened with a knife. Police say the school girl was abducted by a couple in a car and driven from the suburb of Merivale to Greerton, where she managed to escape. Police are keen to hear from anyone with information on the incident.
Conference to Showcase Women in Business
Bay of Plenty's regional women's conference begins tonight. More than a dozen leaders in the community, including television presenter Sarah Bradley and businesswoman Theresa Gattung, will speak to the conference. Organisers say they aim to showcase women in business and give people a chance to network.