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Wednesday 12 May 2010

Schoolgirl Allegedly Abducted
A young Tauranga girl has told police she was abducted yesterday. Police say the schoolgirl was abducted by a couple in a car and driven from the suburb of Merivale to Greerton, where she managed to escape. Senior Sergeant Dave Archibald says the girl was unharmed. He says police want to speak with anyone with information. The male is described as a large Polynesian with facial tattoos. Pictured: Greerton

Teachers in Shock at Stabbing
Teachers around Tauranga are in shock at the stabbing of a Te Puke colleague. Maths teacher Steve Hose was stabbed in the neck and shoulders on Monday. A 13 year old, allegedly responsible, has been taken into Child, Youth and Family care. Otumoetai College principal Dave Randell says it's frightening for other teachers, who realise this could easily have been them. He says unfortunately there's very little that can be done to eliminate the risk.

Deal for Bus Drivers
A deal's finally been struck between Tauranga's GoBus and union officials. Up to 25 union members had initially rejected a 5.1 percent pay rise and went into mediation late last month. However National Distribution Union spokesman Phil Graham says the 5.1 percent rise for urban drivers has now been agreed to. Phil Graham says school bus drivers, who are governed by the Education Ministry, will receive a 3.57 percent rise.

Mayor Joins Library Charges Opposition
Western Bay of Plenty's mayor has joined the chorus of opposition to proposed Tauranga City library charges. Ross Paterson says if there are charges, there will more than likely be a flow on effect to his council. One vocal opponent, Vanessa Byrnes, gave her submission last night, and says there are plenty of other councils waiting to se what Tauranga does. Pictured: Ross Paterson

Group Wants Railway Removed
Tauranga's city centre action group wants the railway line gone from The Strand. The city council wants to convert waterfront car parks into greenspace by 2012. Priority One business development manager Richard Kinzett says the sooner those carparks are redeveloped, the better. He says the action group believes the railway line may stifle development.

Posted: Wed 12 May 2010

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