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Wednesday 17 March 2010

Help for Home Owners Hit by Leaky Building Syndrome
Tauranga home owners are some of the worst hit by the leaky home syndrome. The Step Up Group is in town this evening, to show locals how it can repair houses, saving some homeowners hundreds of thousands of dollars. Marketing manager Claire Williams says when people discover the problem, they usually don't know what to do and have nowhere to turn. She says there are so many Tauranga home owners affected by the problem.

Flu Season Looms
Bay of Plenty District Health Board's renewing calls to get immunised. Health officials say the flu season in the northern hemisphere started a few weeks early and it could do the same here. Medical officer of health Doctor Jim Miller says that means the flu season could be about to hit. Doctor Miller says the vaccine will protect against three strains of the virus, including Influenza A (H1N1) or swine flu.

Council Continues Cost Savings Hunt
Tauranga City Councillors say they'll continue looking for cost savings, despite opposing a notice of motion to do just that. Councillor Rick Currach initially suggested the notice of motion, as a way to shave at least 2.5 million dollars from council's annual plan. Yesterday, the plan was opposed by a majority of councillors. Despite this, a report into potential open space savings will still be presented to council next week.

Near Drowning Prompts Water Warning
Lifeguards at Baywave in Mount Maunganui are urging parents to keep a close eye on kids around water. It follows the near drowning of a three year old girl on Sunday. CEO Tania Delahunty says the girl was seen swimming with her caregivers but a few minutes later, had climbed into the spa pool alone. Ms Delahunty says she was found a few minutes later and resuscitated within seconds.

Peters to Speak to Party Faithful
Winston Peters’ speech in Tauranga next weekend is expected to lay out New Zealand First's future direction. The New Zealand First leader and former Tauranga MP will deliver the speech at Baycourt Theatre in front of party faithful. It'll be his first speech in the city since his 2008 election defeat. New Zealand First spokesman Brendan Horan says Mr Peters will be talking about where the party's been and where it's headed.

Environmetal Fund Available to Keen Planters
Bay of Plenty community groups are being urged to get in quick to apply for environmental funding. The Environmental Enhancement Fund hands out money to people wanting to do their bit to help the environment through planting. Fund chairman Malcolm Whitaker says this year it's opened early to fit in with the planting season. He says many communities are enthusiastic about caring for their surroundings, but just need help doing it.

Posted: Wed 17 Mar 2010

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