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Tuesday 9 March 2010

Spending Up in the Bay
Latest Paymark spending figures show a large increase in the value of sales in the Bay of Plenty last month, compared with February last year. The value of sales rose 7 million dollars. Mount Mainstreet manager Leanne Brown says while the buoyancy has returned for local retailers, there's still some hesitancy.

Hunt on for Man who Tried to Lure Girl
Tauranga police are appealing for information following a second attempt to lure school children, in as many weeks. In the latest incident, a man, described as Maori with black spiky hair, allegedly tried to lure a seven year old girl into his car near Green Park School on Friday afternoon. It comes a week after a man allegedly tried to lure a nine year old Tauriko boy into his car.

Draft Annual Plan on the Table
Tauranga City Councillors are likely to adopt the city's draft annual plan today. It comes before councillors have had a chance to debate a notice of motion to save between 2.5 and 5 million dollars from the budget. The plan, which includes an increase to rates and the introduction of a charge on some library books, will then go out for consultation later in the month.

Tauranga 'Unaffected' by Auckland Rental Market Trend
There doesn't appear to be a looming rental crisis in Tauranga. Evidence of Auckland property investors downsizing portfolios, suggest that the city is heading for a massive rental property shortage. Quinovic Property Tauranga general manager Mark Power says investors have been selling since the Government first raised the idea of removing tax breaks. Mr Power says that will push some landlords out of the market.

'Incredible Edibles' Garden Going for Gold
A Katikati couple will know today whether their Ellerslie garden display has won gold. Fiona and Andrew Boylan of Tharfield Nurseries have supplied all the plants for the 'Incredible Edibles' exhibition at this week's Ellerslie Flower Show in Christchurch. Judging takes place this morning, before gates open tomorrow. Mr Boylan signed off on the display last month and says it's all about being self sufficient.

Council Looks to Appoint New Committee Member
Tauranga City Council will today look to replace its member on the Joint Road Safety Committee. Councillor Hayden Evans last week resigned from his position on the committee, ahead of today's council meeting. Councillor Evans' position had come in for criticism following his conviction in January on a charge of drink driving. Today the council will formally discuss the issue. Councillors are likely to appoint another member to the committee.

Posted: Tue 09 Mar 2010

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