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Thursday 25 March 2010

Kaimai Winter Road Safety Message
Bay of Plenty police are already ramping up the road safety message, ahead of winter. Highway Patrol staff say State Highway 29 through the Kaimai Ranges turns into one of the most treacherous roads in winter. New figures show over the past 5 years, there have been nearly 240 crashes on the road. Acting Senior Sergeant Mark Holmes says it's crucial motorists drive to the conditions.

Mayor to Discuss Amalgamation Plan with Community
Tauranga City's mayor wants community input into his idea of regional amalgamation. At his State of the City speech last month, Stuart Crosby announced his plan to join forces with Western Bay of Plenty District Council. Now, Mayor Crosby is working to arrange a meeting with local business and community leaders. He says to get 100 local politicians talking about the idea, isn't going to achieve much. Mr Crosby says that meeting should take place within a fortnight. Pictured: Stuart Crosby

Man Arrested over Taxi Driver Assault
Tauranga police say it's critical taxi companies install security cameras, if they want to avoid attacks. Police have now arrested a 22 year old man in relation to the robbery of a Tauranga - Mount Taxis driver on Monday. Just a day earlier, 20 year old Stacey Adam is alleged to have assaulted another Tauranga driver. Detective Sergeant Peter Blackwell says cameras are a great tool for fighting crime.

Apartment Complex Hearing Date Set
A date's been set to decide the future use of Mount Manganui apartment complex, 'Eleven.' Developers have applied to Tauranga City Council to include a ground floor cafe restaurant and retail store. The idea hasn't found favour with the majority of submitters, 11 are totally opposed to the plan, while just two support it. Eight others have approved the idea but only if it's passed with conditions. One of those conditions is making sure the cafe restaurant doesn't turn into a nightclub. The one day hearing will take place at the council chamber next Thursday.

Bay Employees ‘Optimistic’
Bay of Plenty employees have a lot to smile about, they're the most confident in the country. The latest Westpac McDermott Miller Employee Confidence Survey is out and shows a nationwide drop in confidence. The level of confidence fell to less than 104 points in the March quarter. Westpac senior economist Donna Purdue says while locals don't think things are great at the moment, they're the most optimistic.

Be a Super Hero for Plunket
Tauranga locals are being urged to give back to Plunket tomorrow. It's the organisation's annual appeal week and tomorrow, Plunket volunteers will be out on the streets of Tauranga collecting. Tauranga MP Simon Bridges says this year's theme is 'be a super hero for under fives.' He's encouraging locals to dress up as a super hero at work and raise money for Plunket. Mr Bridges says every year tens of thousands of New Zealand families use the service.

Rainfall Welcomed
Farmers across the Bay of Plenty say yesterday's rainfall was crucial for winter feed. Heavy rainfall slowly spread up the region late yesterday afternoon, clearing about half an hour later. Federated Farmers Bay of Plenty president Alan Law says the downpour was a welcome sight. He says any longer without rain, and feed for winter could've been in short supply. And the rainfall caused some surface flooding around parts of Tauranga. There were reports of stormwater drains overflowing near Memorial Park.

Posted: Thu 25 Mar 2010

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