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Tuesday 23 February 2010

‘Bomb’ was Hot Plate
It's been revealed an old hot plate was the cause of yesterday's bomb scare at Mount Maunganui. A stretch of Ocean Beach Road was cordoned off for part of the day after contractors working on a building site discovered the disc. Bomb squad experts were called in from Auckland while residents in the area were kept up to date with information. Acting Senior Sergeant Craig Madden says residents immediately adjoining the property were evacuated. He says after close inspection, the disc was identified as an old hot plate full of asbestos.

Extra Staff Needed for Bayfair Upgrade
The contractor behind the redevelopment of Bayfair Shopping Centre is in need of extra staff. The 15 million dollar mall upgrade, which will add more space and more shops, officially got underway yesterday. It's likely to take about six months to complete. Marra Construction has won the contract and general manager Rob Bailey says the work's worth about 5 million dollars to Marra. He says his 60 contractors are already busy with other projects, so he may need to hire more contractors to carry out the work. Mr Bailey says in this market, he takes every project he can get.

Call to Fast Track Waterfront Redevelopment
Tauranga's City Centre Action Group is calling on the council to fast track the city's waterfront redevelopment. Around 20 million dollars has been earmarked to convert current car parking by the water into greenspace and boardwalks. Priority One is the city's development organisation and spokesman Richard Kinzett says there's been a lack of public information from the council. He says the sooner the development takes place, the better.

Births and Deaths, it’s all in the Statistics
It seems Bay of Plenty mums are getting younger and younger. Statistics New Zealand has just released new figures showing there were 62,000 live births in New Zealand last year. There were 3,900 births in the region, down more than 100 on the previous year. Bay of Plenty mothers are the second youngest in the country, the average age for a new mum is 28 years, compared with the national median of 30 years. Meanwhile there was a drop in the number of recorded deaths in the region, 2,200 people died.

Charity Home Nears Completion
Waipuna Hospice's new charity home at The Lakes is likely to be auctioned off in May. The house, at Hastings Street in Tauriko, is less than a month off completion, thanks to plenty of donations from local business people. It'll be auctioned off and the proceeds will be donated to Waipuna. Waipuna's CEO Richard Thurlow says people seem to want to help out because so many have been touched in one way or the other by the Hospice. He says the house should be complete next month.

Posted: Tue 23 Feb 2010

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