Book Charge Hearings Begin
A supporter of Tauranga's library reckons charging for books could affect the whole central city. Public hearings begin today, into a council plan to charge at least 50 cents for every adult library book lent out. More than 900 related submissions were received. One ratepayer rallying against the change, Vanessa Byrnes, says the plan would reduce foot traffic and impact on other businesses.
Bay Quake Widely Felt
An earthquake off White Island yesterday morning, was felt as far north as Auckland. The quake, just after 2am, measured 5 on the Richter scale and was centred at a depth of just 5 kilometres. It was situated about 100 kilometres north of the island. Graphic/GeoNet
Rain on the Horizon
Rain in the Bay of Plenty this week should please farmers. Metservice is forecasting daily showers for the next few days and heavy rainfall towards the end of the week. The sun is only likely to reappear next Monday, but even then, it will be accompanied by more showers. The region is still officially a drought zone and farmers say they need plenty of steady rainfall to make a real difference.
Hospice Charity Home Sold
Waipuna Hospice is nearly half a million dollars better off, after the sale of its charity home on Saturday. Up to 60 people attended the auction of the brand new Tauriko home. The new owner signed the contract just after auction, for 500 thousand dollars. Hospice staff say they'll bank the proceeds, less expenses, and decide what to do with the money from there. Photo/Waipuna Hospice
Eastern Bay Drink Driving Blitz
Nearly 50 alleged drink drivers have been nabbed in the latest Eastern Bay of Plenty police sting. Over the weekend, 47 drivers were arrested for drink driving over the weekend. Five vehicles were seized by the Department of Courts for non-payment of fines. Sergeant Ray Wylie says he's disgusted with those numbers. He says despite all the advertising, drink driving remains a major problem.
EBOP to Monitor Groundwater
Environment Bay of Plenty's spending three quarters of a million dollars on groundwater monitoring. The council says demand for water in the region is constantly increasing and available water needs to be carefully monitored. It says it wants to protect the needs of existing water users while also allowing for future use.