NZ Teen in Chile ‘Safe’
A Whitianga couple who has a daughter in Chile, has only been able to speak to her once since the earthquake nearly a fortnight ago. 19 year old Jade Tarry moved to the coastal city of Vina del Mar, north of Santiago, three weeks ago for a year long stay. Ms Tarry is in Chile doing voluntary missionary work. Her father Greg Tarry says he's only been able to talk to Jade once since the 8.8 quake. Mr Tarry says it's worrying not being able to talk with her but he's been assured of her safety.
Have Your Say on Draft Annual Plan
Tauranga City Council's expecting plenty of public interest in its draft annual plan. The plan, which outlines the city's goals and objectives over the next year, was officially adopted by councillors yesterday. It'll now go out for public consultation before the final plan is eventually adopted in June. Mayor Stuart Crosby says one of the most talked about proposals, to introduce some library book charges, will attract attention.
Trauma Patients Get New Service
Bay of Plenty MP Tony Ryall will next week launch a new service for trauma patients in the region. A group of doctors and nurses at hospitals in the midland region, including Bay of Plenty, will map the trauma continuum, from the point of injury through to rehabilitation. The system's clinical director, Grant Christie says it's more about clinical care than data collection
Tauranga Teen Launches Cooking Website
A self confessed Tauranga foodie wants to teach youngsters the art of cooking. 16 year old Bethlehem College student Claire Gourley has set up the 'it's my turn to cook dot com' website to inspire other teens to get into the kitchen and cook for their families. Check out Claire’s website here
Kiwifruit Season Causes Drop in Unemployment
Bay of Plenty's kiwifruit industry is being credited for the region's drop in unemployment. Nationwide figures out this week show there were 4,200 fewer people on the unemployment benefit last month, compared with January. There was an 11 percent decrease in the Bay of Plenty. Andrew Coker from economic development agency Priority One says the drop can be attributed to our buoyant kiwifruit market.
Grainger Joins Road Safety Committee
Bill Grainger is Tauranga City Council's new representative on the Joint Road Safety Committee. Councillor Hayden Evans last week resigned from his position on the committee, following criticism around his drink driving conviction. Yesterday, councillors were left with the task of replacing Councillor Evans. Pictured: Bill Grainger