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Tuesday 11 May 2010

Stabbed Teacher Recovering Well
Te Puke High School is keen to avoid a repeat of yesterday's stabbing. A 53 year old maths teacher received stab wounds to the neck and shoulders and was rushed to hospital for treatment. He's since been discharged and a 13 year old, who police say was responsible, has been taken into care. Principal Alan Liddle says he's never before experienced such an incident, and never wants to again. Alan Liddle says the teacher's recovering well.

Property Market Shows Minimal Price Rise
Tauranga's property market stalled last month. New Quotable Value figures show property price rises in every city, except Rotorua and Queenstown. However, the rise in Tauranga was minimal, at just 0.6 percent, compared with gains of between 5 and 7 percent in other areas. Tauranga's average selling price was 412 thousand dollars, making it the fourth most expensive city in the country.

Fears Book Charges will Limit Students
There's a worry that charging for Tauranga's library books will stop youngsters learning. Public hearings are underway into the plan to charge at least 50 cents for every adult book lent out. Tauranga Girls College librarian Rosemary Middleton says literacy is the cornerstone to any society. She says charging for library books would limit students.

1st Division Lotto Ticket Sold at Bayfair
Thirteen may be unlucky for some, but not for one Mount Maunganui lotto shop owner. One Bayfair Lotto customer took home a share in first division on Saturday night. It's the shop's thirteenth first division win. The winner is 182 thousand dollars better off.

Posted: Tue 11 May 2010

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