Man Charged Over Beach Driving Death
Western Bay of Plenty Police have charged a 25 year old local man with Excess Breath Alcohol, Causing Death and Dangerous Driving, after the vehicle he was driving on Omanu Beach struck a log just after midnight on the last Sunday of February. Twenty three year old Jordan McGregor died when he fell from the bonnet of the vehicle and was run over. The man charged, will appear in court on Thursday.
Giant Visits Port
One of the largest container ships to visit the Port of Tauranga, set sail for Malaysia last night. The OOCL New Zealand is on it maiden voyage, and can carry nearly 4600 TEU - or standard sized containers. Mark Cairns, chief executive of Port of Tauranga, says they have seen an accelerating trend over the last five years for larger vessels. The average was probably 2800 TEU three years ago. It is probably 3800 currently and we are moving higher than that very quickly says Mr Cairns.
Woman Hospitalised after Beer Bottle Thrown from Car
A 65 year old woman is in Tauranga Hospital with facial injuries after being struck by a full beer bottle, thrown at her from a passing car, just after eight on Sunday morning. The incident occurred when the woman was out for a walk near The Palms Garden Centre on Domain Road in Papamoa. Police are appealing for any one who may have seen the incident to contact them.
4.0 Quake in the Bay
An earthquake measuring 4 on the Richter Scale rattled the Bay at 7.19 yesterday evening. It was centered 50 km south-east of Whakatane, near the township of Matawai. The quake had a focal depth of 50 kilometres, and was mostly felt in the Opotiki area. Graphic by GeoNet