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Tuesday 2 March 2010

Labour’s Tauranga Seat Up for Grabs
Labour will be fighting the Tauranga seat at next year's election. Tauranga based list MP Jacinda Adern has just been announced as the party's Auckland Central candidate next year, leaving a gap in Tauranga. Labour leader Phil Goff, who's in the Bay today campaigning against a rise in GST, says the seat will be fought next year. Phil Goff says it's too early to say who will stand on behalf of Labour.

Long Walk for Man Lost in Bush
A hunt for blackberries on Saturday night turned into a full scale police search and rescue in Tauranga. A 37 year old Judea man was reported missing after a friend who went bush with him spent four hours looking for the man. The pair had stopped off at a Pyes Pa reserve to pick blackberries. Sergeant Craig Madden says the man would've walked as much as 50 kilometres before he came out onto State Highway 5 near Ngongataha and hitched a ride back. Sergeant Madden says it shows the importance of informing police of a disappearance immediately.

Bethlehem Petition Opposes SH2 Plans
There's overwhelming opposition to a plan to widen State Highway 2 through Bethlehem. The 2 million dollar project to add two extra lanes to the road was raised at an open day last November. Today, a public petition on the issue will be presented to Tauranga City Council's projects and services committee. Of the 368 signatures on the petition, only 15 of them are in support of the idea. Photo/nzta.govt.nz

Teen to Help with Chile Relief Support
A Coromandel teen, living in Chile, says she'll be getting stuck in to help the relief effort, following the weekend's quake. 19 year old Jade Tarry has just moved to the coastal city of Vina del Mar, north of Santiago, to volunteer as a missionary. Whitianga local Greg Tarry says he managed to make contact with his daughter for the first time yesterday. Mr Tarry says his daughter felt the quake, even living a few hundred kilometres away.

Man Sentenced over Paua Haul
A Welcome Bay man caught with undersized paua has been told his haul was so large, it was almost of a commercial nature. 39 year old Riki Miritana was sentenced yesterday to 200 hours community work for taking 98 undersized paua from Mount Maunganui last September. In sentencing, Judge Harding said Miritana's actions weren't a minor breach, rather they appeared to be of a commercial nature. Bay of Plenty field operations manager Brendon Mikkelsen says he hopes this sentence will send a clear message to others not to fish illegally.

Freedom Camper Praise for Tauranga
Tauranga's camping facilities have been given the thumbs up. Freedom camper Gary Parris has lived most his life travelling around the country in a caravan. He also runs a camping review website called pops n parks dot com. Mr Parris says most campers don't like to pay too much for facilities and nowhere are there better facilities than in Tauranga. Gary Parris says there are a number of safe and well lit parks around the city and clean toilets are within easy reach. This, at a time when funding for Tauranga's parks is under review.

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