Man Dies on Mount Base Track
Tauranga police are not treating the death of a Mount Maunganui man as suspicious. The Mount base walking track was cordoned off at about 6 o’clock yesterday morning after the discovery of the man's body. Senior Sergeant Stu Graham says the man was 60 years old.
Conference Centre a ’Must’ for Tauranga
It's thought Tauranga's loosing out on big business by not have a purpose built conference centre. Economic development agency Priority One says an international hotel and conference centre could attract plenty of new business to the city. City centre projects manager Duarne Lankshear says Tauranga needs to be able to attract the lucrative conference market. Duarne Lankshear has begun a feasibility study.
New Weather Radar for BOP
Bay of Plenty's getting a new weather radar. It's being built atop the Mamaku Ranges and will service much of the North Island. Officials say it'll also provide data to help predict civil defence emergencies. The new radar, which has a range of 300km, is expected to be operating around August this year.
Tough Time for Farmers
Bay of Plenty farmers are up against it this year, with the drought and a dramatic rise in the cost of fertiliser over the past decade. Meat and Wool New Zealand regional manager Ian Jamieson says one hundred ton of fertiliser now costs 31 thousand dollars, double what it did in 2001. He says some farmers are really struggling this year and some haven't even fully bounced back from the drought of 2008.
People Urged to get Chimneys Swept
Greerton firefighters are doing all they can to avoid attending anymore chimney fires this year. A chimney fire on Monday was the crew's first for the year, and they want it to be their last. Crew members have posted a warning on Twitter, urging people to get chimneys swept to avoid a fire in their own home.
Hand Hygiene Reminder
Health officials in Tauranga spent yesterday spreading the word about hand hygiene. Research shows that up to 10 percent of patients leave hospital with an infection they didn't previously have. The Bay of Plenty DHB says washing hands is the most effective way to avoid infection. Infection control clinical nurse Robyn Boyne says staff visited ward patients and fellow colleagues yesterday to remind them to always wash their hands.