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Wednesday 31 March 2010

Taser Training Begins
Taser training is on the agenda for Bay of Plenty police staff today. It's unknown when local police will be issued with tasers but training will begin today. 70 tasers are being issued to staff between Tauranga and Taupo. Operations manager, Inspector Scott Fraser says ultimately tasers will help officers save lives, in a non-lethal way. More than 250 staff will trained to use the device.

Son Sentenced for Punching Dad
A father and son tiff has cost one Tauranga teenager a fine and community work. 18 year old Charles Hayward pleaded guilty yesterday to assaulting his father in February by punching him in the face. The court was told the teen became angry when he found some of his possessions mistakenly packed away in his father's moving boxes. The victim required a hospital x-ray at the time for a suspected broken jaw. Both the victim and the teenager have now patched up their relationship. The Judge handed down a sentence of 500 dollars reparation and wiped 3 thousand dollars of existing fines, replacing them with 230 hours of community work.

Taxi Driver ‘Safe Zone’ Proposal
The manager of a Tauranga taxi company wants a safe zone in the city for taxi drivers. In the past week, there have been three attacks on local taxi drivers. Transport Minister Steven Joyce is meeting with officials this week to discuss the findings of a driver safety review. Tauranga Mount Taxis manager Bruce Rainey now wants to meet with councillors to discuss the idea of a 'safe zone' area, possibly on The Strand.

Search Starts for Missing Sailor
Friends of missing sailor Paul van Rensberg aren't giving up hope of finding him alive. His yacht Tafadzwa was found drifting off the Chatham Islands on Monday, but he wasn't on it. A close friend, Warick Gowland, says experts have today told him they believe Paul may've fallen overboard between White Island and East Cape. He says the search will start in earnest around that area today. Mr Gowland says it would be fantastic to find his friend alive on a rock somewhere. However, he admits that would be a miracle. Warwick Gowland says Mr van Rensberg's family is now starting to arrive to help in the search. Photo/NZDF

Focus on Wellbeing of Workers
Health officials in the Bay of Plenty are keen to encourage the workplace health and fitness message. Te Ora Health is today launching a new support and training initiative in Tauranga, aimed at improving the wellbeing of the region's workers. Regional manager Graeme Savage says employers will have access to advice and guidance in order to make workplace changes. He says international studies show that when workers are more healthy, they're more productive. Mr Savage says changes could be as simple as providing workplace showers or time to go to the gym.

Posted: Wed 31 Mar 2010

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