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Friday 5 March 2010

Rotting School to be Demolished
A Tauranga school being demolished after rooms started to rot away, has been forced to use relocateable classrooms. In what's believed to be one of the worst cases of leaky building syndrome in a school, Tahatai Coast School in Papamoa has to be rebuilt. The cost will run into the multi millions. Dual principal Jenny Griggs says the entire school is being either rebuilt or repaired. She says as devastating as it is, the children will be looked after.

Kiwi Festival Wraps Up with Carnival
The organiser of this week's Kiwi Festival expects tomorrow's closing event to be a sell out. The nine day festival has been running since late last week. Festival director Jamie Joseph says tickets are selling well for tomorrow's Carnival concert. Ms Joseph says many ticket holders are coming from outside the region just for the concert.

Young Fruit Grower of the Year Announced
This year's Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower of the Year reckons the award will be a good thing to add to his CV. 25 year old kiwifruit orchard manager Matthew Greenbank has taken out the title following stiff competition for it. Mr Greenbank says he'll now head to the national final with other regional winners in August. He says only time will tell whether or not this will help him.

Children's Day Expected to Draw Thousands
Hundreds if not thousands of kids are expected to enjoy Children's Day in Tauranga this Sunday. The Tauranga City Council event takes place between 11am and 2pm at the Historic Village. A council spokeswoman says she's expecting a similar number of kids to last year to turn up - about 3 thousand. She says there'll be heaps of fun for the children, including puppet workshops, silly sports, pony rides and even a teddy bears' picnic.

Pub Debate over Bay’s Best City
Bay of Plenty was in the spotlight last night as local MPs fought to prove their city was best. Tauranga MP Simon Bridges and his Rotorua colleague Todd McClay went head to head in a pub debate last night, to argue over the region's best city. Mr Bridges says his argument that Tauranga was best, came easy.

Posted: Fri 05 Mar 2010

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