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Friday 26 March 2010

NZTA to Review SH29
An upgrade of State Highway 29, linking Tauriko to Tauranga is now one step closer. The New Zealand Transport Agency has been allocated 1.5 million dollars to carry out a year long review of safety on that stretch of road. Bay of Plenty State Highway Manager Rod James says options for an upgrade include a bypass of Tauriko. Rod James says the road is now a crucial link between Waikato and the Port of Tauranga.

‘Green’ Expo at Bayfair
Bayfair Shopping Centre in Tauranga wants householders to become more environmentally aware. To coincide with Earth Hour tomorrow, the centre is hosting a sustainable information expo today and tomorrow. Operations Manager Steve Ellingford says he hopes that everyone who visits the expo will take with them ideas on how to live more sustainably. He says the expo is full of ideas to increase the 'green factor' into all sorts of daily tasks.

Rain Doesn’t Douse Fire Risk
Bay of Plenty is still facing a fire risk, despite heavy rainfall in the past week. Tauranga fire officers are warning people against lighting fires in windy conditions, following a garden shed blaze in Otumoetai on Wednesday night. Senior station officer Grant Taylor says an ember from a nearby brazier was blown into the shed. He says people need to realise the region isn't out of danger yet. Grant Taylor says people should also never leave fires unattended.

Mixed Report for Kaimai Ranges
Department of Conservation is adamant the health of the Kaimai Ranges isn't beyond repair. A new State of the Environment report is out and takes a look at the current state of the Kaimai and Mamaku Ranges. DOC's Tauranga area manager Andrew Baucke says the report shows the ranges to be in good health in parts, and poor in other parts.

Funding Boost for Local Organisations
More than 30 Bay of Plenty organisations have been given a funding boost by Bay Trust. Almost 320 thousand dollars has been allocated in the trust's latest round of funding. Funds went to a variety of community groups, including the local Coastguard, the Deaf Association and Age Concern.

Lights Out for Earth Hour
One Tauranga restaurant is doing it's bit for Earth Hour tomorrow, by cooking the old fashioned way. People around New Zealand will be encouraged to switch the lights off between 8.30 and 9.30 tomorrow night. The Sebel Trinity Wharf will be switching off its lights and bringing in the candles. Manager Gary Dickman says his chefs will be put to the test, by cooking with fire.

Posted: Fri 26 Mar 2010

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