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Thursday 29 April 2010

Survey Shows BOP Residents Happy
It appears the vast majority of Bay of Plenty residents are happy with their lot. The new region wide survey of 15 thousand locals shows more than 9 out of every 10 respondents are either happy or very happy in general. Council chair John Cronin says that's a 4 percent increase over the last survey, in 2006. He says more than three quarters of respondents felt a sense of pride in the way their neighbourhood looks while nearly 90 percent said a sense of community was important to them. Mr Cronin says a huge majority - 96 percent of people - felt safe in their neighbourhood.

Liquor Store Loses Licence
Tauranga police say a decision to close a local liquor store wasn't made easily. The Liquor Licensing Authority has stripped Omanu Wines and Spirits of its off licence, meaning it'll close its doors next month. This comes after the store was found to sell alcohol to three underage teens late last year. Sergeant Nigel McGlone says this decision proves just how seriously police have taken the matter. Sergeant McGlone says generally the Western Bay of Plenty's 80 off licence traders are responsible. Archive Photo

Lengthy Prep for Golf Tournament
The drought in Bay of Plenty has made it difficult for organisers of this weekend's Tauranga Golf Open. More than 120 golfers will descend on Tauranga Golf Club for the four day event, starting today. Club CEO Grant Scoones says it's taken three months to prepare the course for the tournament, and the drought conditions haven't helped. He says it takes quite a while and plenty of irrigation for tinder dry grass to be returned to normal. Mr Scoones says he's expecting up to 2,500 spectators.

Student Pilot Walks Away from Crash Landing
An investigation is now underway, looking into yesterday's aeroplane crash at Tauranga Airport. Earlier yesterday morning, a student pilot was coming into land, when the nose wheel on his Cessna 152 collapsed. The student walked away unscathed, and there's just minor damage to the plane. Civil Aviation investigators will now carry out a review of the crash. Pictured: Tauranga Airport

Teen Robbed on Bus
A Tauranga teen's been punched and robbed of his headphones on a bus. Police say the 16 year old was on a bus going home from school on Monday when a young man allegedly punched the boy in the face and took his headphones. Senior Sergeant Stu Graham says the man was initially refused the headphones and so he counted down from five and then threw the punch. He says the offender is described as a Maori aged between 18 and 20, with a tattoo on the right side of his neck. Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Weather Camera Picture to Improve
TV One's view of Tauranga is about to get a lot clearer. The weather camera, perched on top of Hotel on Devonport, has been the focus of much public criticism lately for its poor quality, fuzzy image. However, over the past few weeks council staff have been laying new fibre optic cable along the main street, to improve the view. Hotel operations manager Sarah Jones says all going well, viewers should notice a huge improvement in the picture quality from tonight. She says the angle of the shot, which looks over to the harbour bridge, won't be changing. Pictured: Hotel on Devonport

Posted: Thu 29 Apr 2010

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