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Friday 26 February 2010

Councillor Threatens Querying Ratepayer
Tauranga ratepayers are being reminded they are entitled to ask questions of councillors. Councilor Hayden Evans used an online council forum on Wednesday afternoon to threaten a ratepayer who queried his eligibility to claim back for taxi fares. Councillor Evans is unable to drive after being convicted of drink driving last month. In response to the question, Hayden Evans threatened that he'd used the IT department to trace the user's address. Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby has urged ratepayers not to stop questioning councillors. Pictured: Hayden Evans

‘Modest Spending’ for Local MP
Bay of Plenty MP Tony Ryall was one of only 4 ministers not to go on any cabinet approved overseas travel during the final part of 2009. New figures to December last year show close to 1.8 million dollars was spent on housing and transporting ministers. Mr Ryall, who's also the Minister of Health, spent just over 22 thousand dollars on travel and accommodation during that period.

Man Critical after Car Incident
The 22 year old crushed by a car at his Tauranga home on Wednesday remains in intensive care. The Devonport Road man was working on his ute in the garage at about 7pm when it collapsed on him. Police say somehow, the vehicle slid off its jack. Ambulance staff arrived at the scene to find the man unconscious. A hospital spokeswoman says he remains in a critical condition in intensive care.

Fine Friday Follows Damp Thursday
A slightly drier day is in store for Tauranga today, following a very wet and humid afternoon yesterday. The rapidly weakening front resulted in a number of heavy downpours and small thunderstorms. The Weather Watch Centre says the front also brought with it high levels of humidity throughout the upper North Island. Metservice is forecasting a nicer day today, becoming fine and reaching a top of 26 degrees.

Posted: Fri 26 Feb 2010

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