Friends of Missing Yachtie Want Search Continued
Friends of Paul van Rensberg are holding onto a glimmer of hope that their mate may've washed up on an island. The Tauranga man's been missing for over a fortnight. His yacht, the Tafadzwa was found drifting off the Chatham Islands, but he wasn't on board. Regan Boocock says there's a small possibility his friend may still be alive and may've washed up somewhere. He's calling on Maritime New Zealand to continue aerial searches. Mr Boocock says it's too early to say whether a search for Mr van Rensberg's body will be launched. A scene examination of the boat took place on the Chathams last night. Photo/NZDF
Call to Promote Local CBD’s
There are calls for cruise ship operators to better promote local shopping areas. Bay of Plenty's cruise ship season finished yesterday. Mount Mainstreet Manager Leanne Brown says retailers haven't been rushed off their feet this time around. She thinks that's because ship operators don't promote the local CBD. Pictured: Leanne Brown
MP De-friends Animal Rights Facebook Group
Animal rights group Paw Justice is in hot water over extreme comments by members on its Facebook site. Tauranga MP Simon Bridges, who is pushing harsher penalties for animal cruelty, says he's de-friended the group. He says comments on the page were akin to vigilantism, and he wasn't comfortable with that.
Pingar Search Engine Soon in Chinese
A Tauranga based internet company is doing its bit to help New Zealand's economic ties with Hong Kong. Pingar's internet search engine will soon be available in Chinese. The announcement comes as Hong Kong and New Zealand sign a Closer Economic partnership agreement. Pingar's Managing Director Peter Wren-Hilton says there's a huge demand there for the product. He says Pingar will also work with local universities to continue developing the Chinese version of the search engine.
Smoke Alarm Saves Lifes in House Fire
Mount Maunganui firefighters say a house fire last night proves how valuable smoke alarms are. Fire crews were called to the blaze just before midnight. A wooden cigarette butt holder had caught fire and quickly spread to the deck and outside of the house. Senior Fire Fighter Jim Carter says a smoke alarm inside the house saved the lives of the occupants. He says residents had a hose trained on the blaze when crews arrived. Mr Carter says it shows how valuable a working smoke alarm can be.
Lucky Escape for Kayaker
A kayaker is recovering after spending almost two and a half hours in the water yesterday - after getting into trouble at Waihi Beach. The 40-year-old Tauranga man fell out of his kayak about 100 metres offshore in a two metre south-east swell just before 9.30 am. He was found an hour later by members of the public, 500 metres north of Waihi Beach, trapped on cliff face. It took rescuers another hour and 20 minutes to winch the man 75 metres up a cliff. He was taken to Tauranga Hospital suffering from shock, lacerations and bruising.