Possible Meningitis Case in Tauranga
Health officials are waiting for confirmation of a meningitis death in Tauranga last week. Bay of Plenty's medical officer of health Doctor Phil Shoemack says it's looking likely the death was caused by meningitis. He says there hasn't yet been a formal diagnosis and there may never be confirmation. Doctor Shoemack is urging people to seek medical treatment as early as possible if they suffer symptoms, such as severe headaches, stiff necks or an aversion to light. No details on last week's victim are available.
New Shell Station to be Fully Serviced
Greenstone Energy says it's new multi million dollar service station in Bethlehem will offer full service. Next month Greenstone will begin construction on a new Shell station, the suburb's first station. Communications manager Jonathan Hill says unlike some stations, this new one will be fully serviced.
Air Quality in the Spotlight
Air quality throughout the Bay of Plenty will come under the spotlight today. Environment Bay of Plenty's strategy development group manager Mary-Anne Macleod says the council's regulation committee is meeting today to discuss region wide air quality results. Mary-Anne Macleod says Tauranga's air quality isn't yet an issue.
MP Raises Fair Trade Awareness
The spread at a parliamentary afternoon tea yesterday was all fair trade product. Tauranga MP Simon Bridges hosted yesterday's afternoon tea to raise awareness of Fair Trade Fortnight. Himself a staunch fair trader, Mr Bridges is encouraging people to switch to products that guarantee a better deal for third world producers.
Calls to Cut Corporate Tax
A Tauranga business leader has joined calls to cut New Zealand's corporate tax rate this month. Australia has this week announced it'll be cutting its corporate tax take from 30 percent to 28 percent. Chamber of Commerce CEO Max Mason is urging our Government to follow suit for this month's budget or risk falling further behind Aussie.
Group to Focus on The Strand
A new Tauranga precinct group's been set up to focus on the redevelopment of The Strand. Around 20 million dollars has been earmarked by the city council to convert current car parking by the water into greenspace and boardwalks. Priority One city centre projects manager, Duarne Lankshear, says it's crucial stakeholders make the most of the redevelopment. Photo/Garret Horwitz