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Thursday 4 March 2010

Lucky Escape for Young Boy
Tauranga police say it's only luck that a young boy wasn't more seriously hurt by a speeding motorist on Monday. Police are trying to track down the driver of a car that narrowly missed hitting a nine year old boy at a crossing in Brookfield. Acting Senior Sergeant Mark Holmes says the silver 'boyracer' car passed a truck that was stopped at a crossing and in the process, brushed the boy's hand. He says the boy put his hand out to shield himself. Acting Senior Sergeant Holmes says the injuries could've been a lot worse and he's keen to track the driver down.

Students Kick Off New Year
The academic year has kicked off in style for Bay of Plenty polytech students, with the annual street rally. At least three hundred polytech and local Waikato University students took to The Strand yesterday around midday. Students dressed up in all sorts of costume, from Borat to Alice in Wonderland. Students' association spokesman Rob Herewini says cruising through central Tauranga is a great way to start the year.

Mobile Vaccination Service Visiting Schools
It appears there's still some divided opinion over the value of the HPV vaccination. The vaccine protects girls and women against cervical cancer and genital warts, it's available free to school aged girls. A mobile vaccination service is currently touring the region, visiting more than 50 schools. Coordinator Sue Stevens says the service is always warmly welcomed by those schools. She says the majority of girls offered the vaccine, do take it.

Logging Truck Kills Cows
Opotiki police says they're yet to complete their investigation into a crash which killed five cows. State Highway 2 at Waioeka was closed for several hours yesterday morning after a logging truck ploughed into a herd of cows. Sergeant Brent Anderson says police are speaking to the farmer and the truck driver. Both are said to be shaken.

Age Concern: Super Increase ‘May Not be Enough’
The president of Age Concern Tauranga only expects times to get tougher for elderly on fixed incomes. The Government's just announced it's keeping the New Zealand Super at 66 percent of the net average weekly wage. That's a 2 percent rise, to keep up with the cost of living. Lorraine Wilson has welcomed the increase, but says it may not be enough.

Pilot Bay Clean Up
Mount Maunganui's Underwater Club wants Pilot Bay cleaned up. Local divers are urging the public to get involved in Saturday morning's beach clean up. They say they want to reduce the impact our rubbish has on local waters. It's all part of Seaweek, which begins on Sunday.

Posted: Thu 04 Mar 2010

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