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Thursday 25 February 2010

Council Considers Pollution Bylaw
A plan giving council officers more powers dealing with commercial polluters, is likely to be given the green light today. Tauranga City Council's Strategy and Policy Committee is considering the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Bylaw this morning. Pollution prevention adviser Jane Groves says at the moment, council officers can't issue warnings to polluters without first calling in Environment Bay of Plenty. She says this bylaw will cut out the need for the regional council.

Bay Left Off Govt Shortage Lists
Despite a shortage of midwives in the Bay of Plenty, the region still isn't eligible for the Government's voluntary bonding scheme. The scheme, which entices medical staff into hard to staff areas, has just been expanded to South Canterbury. However, Bay of Plenty still isn't included in those shortage lists. This, despite Newstalk ZB reporting earlier this month that one Tauranga midwifery company has resorted to advertising overseas to fill vacancies.

Residents Petition Against Aging Pohutukawa
Tauranga residents want a registered Pohutukawa tree removed from their properties. A group of 5 residents from Cliff Road has presented a petition to Tauranga City Council calling for the aging tree to be pulled down. In a letter to council, resident Leo Jensen says the tree's no longer safe and could collapse at any stage. He says an aborist has taken samples from the trunk, which show hazardous and unsafe readings.

Local ISP Tops Consumer Mag List
Tauranga is home to New Zealand's best internet provider. The latest Consumer Magazine has just named local provider Enternet Online as last year's best, ahead of nearly 20 other providers, including Telecom and Vodafone. Director Terry Coles says it's the first time ever that the magazine's recorded 100 percent customer satisfaction. He says the survey is based around reliability and customer service.

Homeless a ‘Fire Risk’
There's a thought the number of homeless in Tauranga will skyrocket in winter. Yesterday morning, a makeshift homeless shelter under an Elizabeth Street carpark went up in smoke after rubbish caught fire. Tauranga's fire safety officer Ken McKeagg says he's had a number of calls from local businesses concerned about the fire risk posed by the homeless. He says unfortunately, the risk is only going to get greater in winter as the homeless light more fires to keep warm. Mr McKeagg is urging business owners to keep public areas completely clear of rubbish to minimise the risk.

Kiwi Festival Set to Kick Off
Bay of Plenty's Kiwi Festival is already attracting interest from around the country. It's the first year for the festival, although some of its events have been run separately in the past. It kicks off tomorrow and features an attempt to break the kiwifruit peel world record on Sunday, and a massive carnival concert next Saturday. Festival director Jamie Joseph says there's been a lot of interest in the festival from outside the region.

Posted: Thu 25 Feb 2010

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