Alcohol a Factor in Fatal Crash
Eastern Bay of Plenty police say alcohol was a factor in Saturday's fatal road smash. The driver died when they failed to take a sweeping bend near Kawerau and collided with a row of trees. Police say a number of pre-mixers were found in and around the car.
Book Charges Hot Topic in Draft Annual Plan Submissions
It appears Tauranga City Council's library woes aren't going away. The council wants to charge at least 50 cents for every adult library book lent out. Council staff received more than 1,100 draft annual plan submissions, more than 900 of those concerned the library. Public hearings begin next Monday.
Funding Secures 'Buddy System'
Health Minister Tony Ryall is expanding the Age Concern 'buddy system' into the Bay of Plenty. The 'accredited visiting service' matches clients who are deemed to be lonely and isolated, with volunteers who visit at least once a week. Age Concern Tauranga president Lorraine Wilson says the system is already in place locally, but the extra money will secure the scheme. She says it's hugely successful for the elderly.
Tavern Burglary: Police Appeal for Info
Police will be closely looking at CCTV footage, following a burglary at Papamoa Tavern yesterday morning. It's believed between 1 thousand and 5 thousand dollars was taken. Senior Sergeant Wayne Mills says at this stage, police are appealing for any information from the public. He says the camera footage should help police.
‘Surprise’ Award for Councillor
Tauranga City Councillor and Rotary member Greg Brownless has just picked up an 'outstanding citizen award.' Councillor Brownless was given the award at yesterday's central North Island Rotary meeting, but he says he had no idea it was coming his way. He says the award doesn't have anything to do with his council work, rather his volunteer work. Pictured: Greg Brownless
Chamber CEO Welcomes Marine Precinct
A Tauranga business leader thinks a new marine precinct is an excellent way to grow the city. The planned precinct, to be built next year, will bring in 100 million dollars to the economy every year. Chamber of Commerce CEO Max Mason says it's an ideal chance to organise all the smaller operators into bigger groups. Pictured: Sulphur Point