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Thursday 18 March 2010

Pizza Delivery Man Assaulted, Robbed
A pizza delivery man has been left stunned after an aggravated robbery in Matua. Police say two men approached the man's delivery vehicle and assaulted him through the window. The man had just dropped off a pizza and was stopped at an intersection at the time. Detective Rob McCaskie says the men stole a black bumbag with a small sum of cash inside. He's appealing for members of the public with information, to contact police.

Concerns Mounting for Missing Skipper
Maritime New Zealand is confident it'll find the sailor missing off the East Coast. It'll resume the search for the sailor at first light this morning. The lone skipper hasn't been seen since Friday when he set off from Tauranga bound for Gisborne. Two planes spent the day yesterday searching around Bay of Plenty's coastline and East Cape. Maritime New Zealand spokeswoman Sophie Hazelhurst says concerns for the man are mounting. However, she's confident he'll be found.

Property Listings Up, Price Down
Further proof the Bay of Plenty/Waikato property market is on the road to recovery. Nearly 500 homes were listed exclusively with Harcourts last month, an increase of nearly 150 on February last year. However, with so much choice on the market, the median selling price was down more than 30 thousand to 324 thousand dollars.

Trust Lifts Lid on Community Funding
Bay of Plenty's Bay Trust says it's able to lift the restriction on community funding this year. Last year, the trust limited how much it gave out, just over one million dollars, because of the economic recession. Trust manager Bruce Cronin says investments were earning less and so there was less to give away. However, he says the trust will give away 2.7 million dollars this year.

Building Consents on the Rise
Tauranga City Council's confident the city's increased building activity can continue. Latest figures show 60 consents were issued last month for new dwellings, compared with just 16 in February last year. Council spokeswoman Natalie Palmer says she expects that level of activity to continue, with extra developments coming on board. Ms Palmer says Tauranga's one of the only cities in New Zealand to see an increase in consent numbers this year.

Polytech’s New Technology Centre Set to Open
Bay of Plenty Polytechnic's new applied technology centre will be the first of its kind for the Southern Hemisphere. Next Friday it's opening an all new, purpose built engineering and welding facility, three times the size of its current facility. School of Applied Technology head Malcolm Hardy says the Titanium Industry Development Association will also base itself at the campus.

Posted: Thu 18 Mar 2010

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