People Head to Beach to Watch Tsunami
A tsunami warning didn't stop hundreds of people gathering at Mount Maunganui beach yesterday morning. The surge that hit the Bay of Plenty coast was measured at 30 centimetres. Local Civil Defence staff had spent the morning warning people to stay away from the beach. However, at least three hundred turned out to the Mount, many just sitting on the beach, watching the water. The under 14 national surf lifesaving champs had to be postponed and the walking track around the base of the Mount was closed. Dozens more onlookers kept watch from atop Mount Maunganui. Photo courtesy EOL WaveCam
Councillor: ‘No Threat Intended’
Tauranga City Councillor Hayden Evans says there was no threat in the on-line comment the Mayor asked him to withdraw. Councillor Evans says he posted the comment two days after an anonymous writer queried his claim for travel expenses while his licence was suspended. Mr Evans' post said he was using the IT department to trace the writer's address. But Mr Evans says there was no threat intended. Pictured: Councillor Hayden Evans
Budget Cuts Could Affect Parks, Reserves
Tauranga's parks and reserves could be in the firing line as the City Council looks to shave money from its budget. Councillors want to save at least 2.5 million dollars to minimise any rate rise. They met informally on Friday afternoon to look at the best ways to do that. The Council's open spaces department, which chews through 15 million dollars of rates every year, may face budget cuts. This could include mowing lawns more infrequently or not adding to the city's boardwalks. Other areas facing cuts are support services, transport and city events. Pictured: Memorial Park
HazMobile’s Swan Song
It's likely this will be the HazMobile's last year in the Bay of Plenty. The free service, which collects household hazardous waste, stopped for the first time this year in Katikati on Saturday to pick up any household waste dropped off. Its next stop will be in Tauranga in a fortnight. This year, most agrichemical providers have started their own collection services, meaning there's now very little need for the council funded service.
Mortgagee Sale Listings Down
It appears Tauranga may be bucking the trend when it comes to mortgagee sales. New nationwide figures suggest mortgagee sales are at an all time high. At the moment, there's about a dozen properties throughout Tauranga listed as mortgagee sales. Open to View's Kym Raubenheimer says there are fewer mortgagee sale listings this year, than there were last year.
Kiwifruit Gone in 3 Seconds
A Te Puke woman has smashed the previous world record for peeling and eating a kiwifruit. Yesterday's world record attempt was part of Kiwi Festival's opening weekend. A crowd of at least 4 thousand packed into Te Puke's Jubilee Park for the day's entertainment. Festival director Jamie Joseph says the previous record for peeling and eating a kiwifruit was 5 point 4 seconds. The Te Puke resident finished in 3 seconds.