Police Out in Force for Easter
Tauranga police are cracking down on bad driver behaviour this long weekend. Highway Patrol staff will be out in force throughout the Bay of Plenty, focusing on improving driver behaviour. Acting Senior Sergeant Mark Holmes says the long weekend, the Jazz Festival and Saturday's Super 14 match will mean the roads will be busier than ever. He's urging motorists not to follow too closely and to drive to the conditions. Acting Senior Sergeant Holmes says fatigue has always traditionally been a problem too, so he wants tired drivers to pull over.
‘Raging Readers’ to Meet with Mayor
A group against Tauranga library book charges hopes to get answers from the city's mayor today. The 'Raging Readers' group is opposing the plan to charge at least 50 cents for every adult book lent to ratepayers. Organiser Vanessa Byrnes says Mayor Stuart Crosby will be attending today's lunch time meeting to address any concerns.
Disappointment in Taxi Driver Safety Review
One Tauranga taxi company manager thinks his drivers will continue to live in fear of being attacked. A government review of driver safety has recommended security cameras become compulsory in all cabs. Last week, there were three separate attacks on Tauranga taxi drivers. Tauranga / Mount Taxis manager Bruce Rainey wants to install shields in his fleet, but can't because they're illegal. He says this review doesn't really solve the issue of driver safety. Mr Rainey says part of the problem is that by law, his company has to be on the road 24-7.
Survey Shows Local Business Owners Optimistic
Positive news for Tauranga business owners, a new Chamber of Commerce survey shows 70 percent of local business owners now expect the economy to improve in the next six months. That compares with 57 percent of respondents who were positive about the economy in December. Just three percent expect the economy to worsen between now and September. Chamber of Commerce CEO Max Mason says these results are positive news for local business owners. He says companies are now looking ahead with more certainty about what the future may bring. Pictured: Max Mason
Jazz Fest Kicks Off
This weekend's National Jazz Festival in Tauranga has attracted visitors from around the world. Festival director Arne Herrmann says more than 60 local and international bands will hit the city from now until Monday. He says ticket sales have gone exceptionally well, with plenty of overseas interest. Photo/jazz.org.nz