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Tuesday 23 March 2010

Boys Lost in Bush Found
Search and rescue staff from around Tauranga were called out yesterday to search for two young boys. An 8 year old Canadian and a 13 year old from Thailand were walking along in the Kaimai Bush yesterday afternoon, when they took a wrong turn and got lost. Police were alerted by the 8 year old's mother who was walking close behind at the time. The boys were later found about 2 hours into the bush.

Group Opposes Book Charge Plans
There's concern that if a library book charge is introduced in Tauranga, then other councils may do the same thing. Tauranga City Council wants to charge at least 50 cents for every adult book its libraries lend to ratepayers. A group, calling itself 'The Raging Readers' has been formed to encourage people to oppose the plan The council's draft annual plan has just gone out for public consultation. Group organiser Vanessa Byrnes says this could set a dangerous precedent.

'Super City' Could Include Bay
A Bay of Plenty mayor doesn't think the region should be gobbled up by any planned Waikato super city. The idea of a new super city in Waikato has been raised and a document has just been publicly released. One idea was to also include the Bay of Plenty in the proposal. However, Western Bay Mayor Ross Paterson, who attended a briefing on Friday, says that wouldn't be wise.

Bus Shelter Cops Flak
A new Tauranga bus shelter, approved by Tauranga City Council yesterday, has been labelled a disgrace. The shelter, which will cost nearly 300 thousand dollars, will be built across the entrance to the Masonic carpark on Willow Street. It'll be about two stories high, and there will be a gap for access in and out of the carpark and the toilet block. But Councillor Murray Guy says the planned shelter isn't functional and he's totally opposed to it. Pictured: Murray Guy

Young Farmer of the Year Announced
Waikato/Bay of Plenty has a new Young Farmer of the Year. 29 year old farm consultant Sam Williams took out the title after a gruelling regional final, which went late into the night on Sunday. Regional Convener Bevan Proffit says it was a full day of practical competition and theory questions. Archive photo

Posted: Tue 23 Mar 2010

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