|Tauranga Tops Temperature Recordings
It's been one of the hottest, driest February's on record for Tauranga. NIWA's climate summary for the month shows Tauranga was the warmest of the six main centres, reaching an average temperature of just over 21 degrees. The city recorded 223 hours of sunshine, which was above normal for this time of year. However, all that came at a cost, just 10 millimetres of rain was recorded, the second lowest amount since recording began.
Truancy Rife in the Bay
The Bay of Plenty is one of the worst regions for truants. Education Minister Anne Tolley has announced extra funding to help schools crack down on truancy and get kids back in the classroom. Tauranga MP Simon Bridges says more than 30 thousand kids are skipping school on a daily basis throughout the country. He says of those, two thousand are local students, making it the fifth worst region for truancy. Mr Bridges says he'll be doing all he can to make the new initiatives work in Tauranga.
Focus on Youth Violence
The manager of Merivale Community Centre in Tauranga wants to see an end to youth violence. A two day symposium on the subject has just wrapped up in Te Puke. Community leaders who attended looked at the best ways to curb the increase in youth violence around the region. Graham Cameron says many youths in his area have plenty of talent but just need people to recognise it.
Man Faces Animal Cruelty Charge
A 24 year old man is facing a charge of animal cruelty after allegedly using a pole to beat his dog before throwing it against a shed. A neighbour called police after trying to intervene on Monday morning. SPCA animal welfare inspector Tania Brook says the 18 month old Border Collie cross was taken straight to the vet to get checked out. She says the dog, who doesn't have a name, has some bruises but no broken bones. She says she'll try to get the dog re-homed once the court process is complete.
Angling for the Big One
There's plenty of fish to be caught at this week's One Base fishing tournament in Tauranga. At least 500 anglers from around the country have entered into the four day tournament, which begins today. Tauranga Game Fishing Club manager Grant Holley says most anglers stay close by, fishing around Mayor and White Islands. He says everything's pointing to a very successful few days.