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Monday 15 March 2010

Arrest in War Vet Attack
Police say more charges are likely for the two teens arrested over a Tauranga man's bashing. 62 year old war veteran Evan McKenzie was set upon and viciously attacked outside his Matua home a little over a week ago. He had gone to the aid of a distressed girl in need of help. Mr McKenzie served in Malaya and Vietnam. He received facial cuts and bruises as a result of the beating. Two 17 year olds, allegedly responsible, have been charged and will appear in court on Wednesday.

'Future Champions' Workshop for Local Students
Sport Bay of Plenty's doing all it can to keep young kids interested in elite level sport. At least 600 young local students will this week be taking part in a 'future champions' workshop at Mount Manganui. They'll be hearing from motivational speakers, and learning about fitness and nutrition. Primary school events coordinator Vicki Semple says one of the motivational speakers invited is Olympic triathlete Samantha Warriner.

‘Thin Blue Line’ Battle it out at Surfboard Champs
An influx of police to Tauranga today for the annual police surfboard riding champs. Almost 100 officers from around the country are in the city for the three day event at Omanu Beach. The competitors will be battling it out in seven different categories, including the 'open' and 'long board' divisions. Local recruiting officer Loyd Buckley says those two divisions will be hotly contested. He's hoping for recent swell and weather patterns to continue during the event.

Tai Eru Back as EBOP Councillor
A sense of 'deja vu' for Environment Bay of Plenty councillors, with Tai Eru back in office. The councillor representing Okurei Maori, has replaced the late Hawea Vercoe, who was killed outside a Whakatane bar last November. Mr Eru was on council between 1998 and 2001 and again between 2004 and 07. EBoP chair John Cronin says it was with mixed emotion that Tai Eru was sworn into office last week.

Roadworks Warning for Motorists
Delays are expected this week at the intersection of Girven and Gloucester Roads as the road's resealed. Contractors are expected to be on site all week but will carry out the work between 6pm and 6am, to minimise disruption. Tauranga City Council is urging motorists to find an alternative route if possible.

Posted: Mon 15 Mar 2010

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