Farmers Want Gradual Rainfall
Bay of Plenty farmers say gradual rainfall is what's needed to break the drought. Met Service is forecasting up to 20 millimetres of rain in the region over the next day or so. Drought Support Trust chair Derek Spratt says that'll be a great start, but it will only be of benefit if there's more rain on the horizon. He says farmers won't want the rain all at once, otherwise it will flood the area.
Rape Trial Nears End
The trial of a former Rotorua police officer, charged with rape, is expected to wrap up today. Iosefa Fiaola is standing trial in the Tauranga District Court, accused of raping a young woman in Rotorua 21 years ago. Pictured: Tauranga District Court
Fake Notes May Have Wellington Link
Police say counterfeit notes being used in Wellington may have a link to Tauranga. Three men in Wellington have just been charged with using fake 50 dollar and 100 dollar notes. And on Monday, Western Bay of Plenty police warned of fake notes being used here. Enquiries are continuing to determine whether there's a link.
Drug Op Targets Retail Outlets
Bay of Plenty police say yesterday's drug operation in the region won't be their last. Eight people in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Taupo are now facing 50 drug related charges. Detective Senior Sergeant Lindsay Pilbrow says three retail outlets, selling cannabis growing equipment, were targeted. He says this operation was pretty much just like any other, except in this instance, operators were allegedly using legitimate businesses as a front. Archive photo
Council to Trial One Way System
Tauranga City Council wants to introduce a one way system to some of its streets. The council has now approved a three month trial of the system in Park Street, to allow for more roadside commuter parking. Transport operations manager Martin Parkes says the trial will enable council staff to iron out any concerns or criticisms before the system is extended.