Train Driver Offered Counseling
KiwiRail will be offering counseling to a train driver involved in a fatal crash at Mount Maunganui on Tuesday. 55 year old Kumiko Wakamiya Goodhall was killed when she was hit at the crossing opposite Bayfair Shopping Centre. A KiwiRail spokeswoman says it's just the second incident at that crossing in 10 years. She says the distraught driver will be given time off. She says as far as they can tell, the driver was travelling at 25 kilometres an hour at the time.
Mediation for Go Bus Union Members
Go Bus union members in Tauranga are heading to mediation next week. A handful of drivers have already rejected a 5.1 percent pay rise and are hoping for a larger offer at the meeting. Go Bus director Calum Haslop says he's been training extra staff to cover any disruption.
Power Co Looks at Wind Farm Plans
Today is decision day for a Tauranga power company looking to build a wind farm near Dunedin. TrustPower's 400 million dollar project inland of Dunedin has been on the backburner for the past few months because of economic conditions. Community relations manager Graeme Purches says as the economy improves, the board's decided now is an ideal time to take another look at the project. Stage one of the project would see nearly 20 turbines built at a cost of almost 100 million dollars.
Art Gallery Faces Shortfall
Tauranga's Art Gallery will be going cap in hand to the Western Bay of Plenty District Council to help fund its deficit. The art gallery is facing a 120 thousand dollar shortfall over the next three years. It's hoping to secure funding from the Western Bay council within the next fortnight.
Warm Weather Lingers
A delay to cooler autumn weather in Tauranga this week. The Weather Watch Centre is forecasting warm, low to mid twenties temperatures until the weekend. The centre says it's unusually warm for this time of year, but it's all down to the big high hanging over the country.