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Monday 22 March 2010

Taxi Driver Assaulted, Robbed
A Tauranga taxi driver is in a serious condition in hospital after being assaulted and robbed. The Tauranga-Mount Taxis driver picked up a passenger early yesterday morning and took him to Darraghs Road in Brookfield. Detective Brian Dudley alleges the passenger then attacked the driver and grabbed cash and personal belongings from the cab. Detective Brian Dudley says a 20 year old man will appear in the Tauranga District Court today, charged with robbery. The manager of Tauranga-Mount Taxis has labelled the attack as cowardly but vicious. Bruce Rainey says there's an attack on his drivers once every 2 to 3 months. He says all too often it's over a small amount of cash. Mr Rainey says there are cameras in most of his fleet but he may have to look at installing screens.

No Signs of Missing Yachtie
Still no sightings of the missing Tauranga yacht, the Tafadzwa. It's been more than a week since Paul van Rensburg was last seen, leaving Tauranga bound for Gisborne. During its search last week, Maritime New Zealand covered almost 100 thousand square miles searching the coast. Rescue Coordination Centre rescue officer John Ashby says despite the search being suspended, local boaties are being urged to keep an eye out.

Bleak Forecast for Kiwifruit
There are signs Bay of Plenty's kiwifruit growers will face another tough year, exporting their wares. Last year more than 100 million trays of the fruit were exported and this year's first shipment is expected to leave Tauranga this week. Zespri spokeswoman Carol Ward says it was tough last year, given the recession. She says isn't over yet and it may be just as tough this year.

Local Wine Maker Wins Award
A Tauranga wine maker's taken out a trophy at Saturday night's Royal Easter Show Wine Awards. Lake Chalice co-founder Chris Gambitsis won the Pinot Gris section for his 2009 Eyrie label. The winery's other co-founder Phil Binnie says the company's thrilled to have won the award.

High Compliance Rate for Bay Recreational Fishers
Bay of Plenty was one region leading the way when it came to recreational fishing compliance over the summer. Acting Fisheries Minister David Carter says the summer fisheries programme is designed to encourage responsible fishing and prevent poaching. He says inspection figures for the season are in and show a 93 percent compliance rate in the Bay.

Posted: Mon 22 Mar 2010

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