Cyclist Killed on Railway Crossing
Mount Maunganui police are working to figure out exactly what distracted a female cyclist killed by a train yesterday. The incident happened outside the Bayfair Shopping Centre. Senior Sergeant Tania Kura says police spent the afternoon marking and photographing the railway line. Senior Sergeant Kura says it's unclear whether the woman was distracted at the time. Meanwhile, one local, who didn't want to be named, worked in the railways for 30 years and says that's the worst level crossing for warning bells he's come across.
Te Puke ‘Powerless’
Thousands of Te Puke residents went without power all morning yesterday. An outage saw nearly four thousand homes and businesses lose power until midday. Powerco's corporate affairs manager Neil Holdom says another break early yesterday afternoon caused more blackouts, which were fixed an hour later.
Breakdown in Communications 'Led to Death’
St John Ambulance staff say they've acted on criticisms following the death of a Mount Maunganui woman last July. Tina Bernadette Peene died after falling into a drain, where she lay for five hours until she was found. In new findings, Coroner Chris Devonport said it was a breakdown in ambulance communications which led to the death. Coroner Devonport said Ms Penne had been drinking at a party last July, and when the car she was in stopped near Maungatapu Bridge just after midnight, she got out, fell over the side and into the drain. He said ambulance officers were led to believe Ms Peene was on the northern side of the bridge, when in fact she wasn't. St John spokesman Alan Goudge says new technology has already been introduced to allow for better communication. Archive photo
Drought Declared in the Bay
Bay of Plenty is now an official drought zone. Agriculture Minister David Carter has just extended the zone to include the region. He says the ground here is now so dry and parched, any rain from now on would be a case of 'too little, too late' for farmers. He says he knows just how demoralising this can be for farmers and he's urging them to get emergency plans in place for winter.
New Report Looks at Migrants
Tauranga's new 'Settling in' immigrant report is seen as a crucial step to better understand new additions to the city. The new report, which surveyed recent immigrants to the city, has just been launched and looks at how immigrants and refugees are settling in. Tauranga MP Simon Bridges says as of the 2006 Census, 15 percent of people in the district were born overseas. He says the report illustrates how new immigrants are treated in the city.