Civil Defence Looks at New Warning System
Bay of Plenty civil defence staff want a new disaster warning system to reach most of the local population. Emergency management group manager, Greg Wilson told Tauranga City Councillors yesterday that a decision on what systems to use will be made later this year. He says that could include a combination of text alerts, neighbourhood support networks and maybe sirens. Mr Wilson says that should reach at least 95 percent of all people.
Baby Killed in Crash Named
Whakatane Police have released the name of the baby killed in a three car crash near Kawerau on Saturday night. Constable Michael Chelley says Kalaisha Hale was in a car hit from behind by a Holden travelling at speed and attempting to overtake. A passenger in the Holden, 23 year old Frazer Nathan was also killed in the smash.
Kiwifruit Exporters Want Dollar Value Down
Bay of Plenty kiwifruit exporters say the value of the New Zealand dollar needs to come down. Business analysts are predicting interest rates in the US to go up in the near future, meaning the value of our dollar will slip. Kiwifruit Growers Association president Peter Ombler says the kiwifruit industry is better protected than most exporters.
Museum Community Trust to be Established
The long running debate over the future of a possible Tauranga museum appears to have turned a corner. Yesterday, the council's Projects and Services Committee members agreed to establish a Museum Community Trust to develop the proposed Cliff Road site. The trust will raise money to fund the build and the operational costs.
Disability Support Workers Take Action
The Service and Food Workers Union says its Tauranga members deserve a pay rise. Up to 150 local disability support workers are striking, in support of a pay rise. Some local members took to Red Square yesterday afternoon, with their placards. Local organiser Jamie Toko says the current wage freeze is unfair. She says members are doing their best to get a rise.