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Thursday 13 May 2010

New Campus Attracts Plenty of Interest
A new Tauranga training facility could bring in dozens of international students every year. Edenz New Zealand is offering English diploma courses and business studies to international students. Marketing manager Antonio Franco says there's already plenty of interest from people wanting to attend the new Spring Street campus. He says already, 12 students have enrolled. Mr Franco says Edenz plans to open in Queenstown and Christchurch later this year.

Alleged Assault on Teachers Sees Student Suspended
A Tauranga Girls College teen has been suspended after allegedly assaulting two teachers. The 13 year old pushed a teacher on Monday afternoon when she was refused entry onto a school bus. The girl then went back to school on Tuesday morning to see a friend and pushed another teacher when she was told to leave. Principal Pauline Cowens says the school has involved youth aid and suspended the girl. She says the Board of Trustees will make the decision on the girl's future.

Historic Village in Spotlight
Tauranga City Councillors want ideas on what to do with the Historic Village on 17th Avenue. Mayor Stuart Crosby says stakeholders and the community are invited to a feedback session this morning. He says councillors want to better utilise the facility on a daily basis.

 

Plea to Keep Focus on CBD
A Tauranga business leader says locals need more civic pride in their central city. Downtown Tauranga is urging the city council to remain focused on attracting as many people as possible into the CBD. Manager Kirby Weis says locals are looking for something to pull them into the city. Pictured: Kirby Weis

 

Farmers Hope for More Rain
Bay of Plenty farmers are holding out for more rain this week. Up to yesterday afternoon, just 5 millimetres had fallen in and around Te Puke. Federated Farmers president John Scrimgeour says that's a good amount to start with, because it'll slowly soften the ground. He says as winter draws nearer, hopefully the rain will be more frequent.

Wandering Livestock a Problem
New Zealand Transport Agency is reminding stock owners to keep their fences up to scratch to stop wandering livestock. It comes after a horse was hit after roaming loose on State Highway 30. Rod James from NZTA says already this month, 50 animals have been reported on the region's highways.

Posted: Thu 13 May 2010

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