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Wednesday 24 March 2010

No Bail for Murder Accused Teen
A Tauranga teen charged with murder has had his bid for bail turned down. 19 year old Daniel Wikeepa is charged with the murder of Gate Pa man Harry Faulkner in December last year. An application for bail was lodged in the Tauranga District Court yesterday morning, despite police opposition. That application was turned down.

Gas Leak Disrupts Traffic
A gas leak near Aerodrome Road kept Tauranga emergency staff busy for a time yesterday. It's believed contractors working near the intersection of Hewletts Road and Aerodrome Road caused a gas pipe to rupture just after midday. Senior Sergeant Wayne Mills says the leak was quickly taken care of. He says there was quite considerable disruption to traffic for about half an hour.

Taxi Drivers ‘Easy Targets’
The manager of Tauranga - Mount Taxis says his drivers are seen by some passengers as easy targets. There have now been two attacks on drivers in as many days. In the first, Mohinder Singh was attacked in Brookfield on Sunday morning and on Monday night, an Indian driver was robbed and threatened. Bruce Rainey says unfortunately, taxi drivers are seen as an easy target.

Cost Cutting Not an Easy Task
Tauranga City Councillors admit it'll be a hard task trying to save money from their open spaces division. Despite having voted down a notice of motion to save millions from the budget, the council is still looking at ways to cut costs. The biggest spend within the open spaces division is maintenance, chewing through 1.6 million dollars a year. Deputy Mayor David Stewart says it'll be very hard to save money without reducing levels of service.

EBOP HQ Move Court Date Set
A Court of Appeal date's been set for next month over the future location of Environment Bay of Plenty's head office. The regional council wants to move from its current location in Whakatane to Tauranga. EBOP won a High Court judicial review. Now the Whakatane District Council is taking that decision to the Court of Appeal. EBOP chair John Cronin says the delay's been frustrating. Pictured: John Cronin

Leaky Homes Ruling: ‘Council Must Pay’
Tauranga's Mayor doesn't think the city's council will be affected by a new leaky home Court of Appeal ruling. The court has ruled that no matter who lives in a leaky house, the council must pay for repairs. North Shore City Council had appealed an earlier High Court decision, on the basis some homes were tenanted or they were owned by trusts. Mayor Stuart Crosby says the council should be made to pick up the tab, regardless of who lives there. He says Tauranga does have leaky homes, but shouldn't be affected by this ruling.

Posted: Wed 24 Mar 2010

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