Wednesday 24 February 2010

Memorial Park Sewer Overflow
People are once again being warned against entering the water at Memorial Park. There's been another sewer overflow, less than a week after the Waimapu Estuary was cleared from the last overflow. A council spokesman says the overflow was caused by a blockage on the corner of Norris Street and Ninth Avenue. Water testing was carried out on Monday and the results are expected on Friday.

The Battle of the Bays, Now on Facebook
It appears the battle to be called 'The Bay' isn't going away any time soon. Both the Bay of Plenty and Hawke's Bay are laying claim to the official title. One Tauranga local has set up a Facebook page called 'I hate people who call Hawke's Bay the Bay.' Hawke's Bay Today newspaper editor Antony Phillips has hit back at the site, saying the northern bay lacks true warmth, culture and wine. He believes the battle could easily be resolved.

Youth Wage Rate ‘a Step Backwards’
It's thought reintroducing a youth wage rate would simply drive young people onto the benefit. ACT MP Sir Roger Douglas's Members' Bill allowing the change, has been drawn from Parliament's Ballot. That means it'll go before the House for debate. Merivale Community Centre in Tauranga works closely with youths in the area. Manager Graham Cameron thinks the move would be a huge backward step for the community. He says the biggest worry is that it would discourage youths from working.

Property Listings Up
A rebound of sorts last month for the Bay of Plenty property market. According to the latest Harcourts' Real Estate figures, there was a dramatic rise in the number of listings in January, compared with the same time last year. However, there was an 8 thousand dollar drop in the average selling price, taking the figure to 352 thousand. A spokesman says the number of listings is proof that the Bay of Plenty market is really starting to recover.

Graffiti Clean-Up a Priority
Tauranga City Council says it's working to get rid of the city's graffiti as quickly as possible. A pump station at Memorial Park was tagged over the weekend and by yesterday morning, the black and white paint had been removed. Council graffiti prevention officer Jane Denton says it's so important that the tagger's artwork comes down as soon as possible.

D-Day for Matakana Development
The future of Matakana Island should become clear today. Developers planning a new subdivision on the island will find out if there have been objections to the Environment Court. Blakely Pacific New Zealand managing director Phil Taylor says obviously the company would prefer not to have to head to the Environment Court. He says it was the final day for objections yesterday. Developers are planning a subdivision of 40 one-hectare lots.

Posted: Wed 24 Feb 2010






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