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Tuesday 16 March 2010

Industrial Action Set to Continue
There's no end in sight for Bay of Plenty radiographers taking industrial action. Radiographers in 14 DHBs, including Bay of Plenty, have limited their workload in hospitals in search of a 2% pay rise. APEX spokeswoman Dr Deborah Powell says the DHB's aren't budging and so the action looks set to continue for some time yet.

Funding Boosts Student Numbers
A funding injection from the Tertiary Education Commission has seen a boost to the number of Tauranga teaching students. Local enrolment figures have just been released. There was a 9% increase at both Bay of Plenty Polytech and the Bethlehem Tertiary Institute. Bethlehem's CEO, Doctor Amy Edwards says she's seen a 300 percent increase in the number of males studying teaching.

Fraud Investigation Underway
Police are investigating an alleged fraud involving the wife of a Tauranga police officer. The alleged fraud is believed to be worth more than one million dollars, although police are unsure of the exact amount. Acting District Commander Inspector Mark Harrison has confirmed the woman being investigated is married to an officer but the officer isn't part of the investigation. Inspector Harrison says detectives from outside the area have been brought in to investigate. Meanwhile, the officer's lawyer Rachel Adams says as soon as the officer learnt of the alleged fraud, he separated from his wife.

Patients Ensured of Privacy
Trauma patients in the midland region are being told a new system launched today won't breach their privacy. The Midland Regional Trauma System will map the care of patients from the point of injury through to rehabilitation at a number of DHBs, including Bay of Plenty. Clinical Director Grant Christie says patients have nothing to be concerned about because no personal information will ever be shared.

Rugby Ref Heads Overseas
A Tauranga amateur rugby referee harbours ambitions of one day turning pro. 28 year old Matua man Nick Bryant is today heading overseas to referee this weekend's Adelaide Sevens tournament. He's also heading to the Hong Kong Sevens the following weekend, refereeing a total of up to 10 games. Mr Bryant, who works for Ag First during the day, says he was taken by surprise by the last minute call-up to replace an injured ref.

Dairy Awards Up for Grabs
Bay of Plenty's dairy industry awards will be decided tonight. There are 18 finalists vying for 3 different categories: sharemilker of the year, farm manager of the year, and dairy training. The winners will be announced at a dinner tonight at Awakeri in Whakatane.

Posted: Tue 16 Mar 2010

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