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Friday 19 February 2010

Govt won’t be Interfering Says Hide
Assurances the Government won't be forcing Bay of Plenty councils to join forces any time soon. Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby says he wants Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty District Councils to amalgamate. He says he's planning the move now, to avoid being told what to do in the future by the Government. Local Government minister Rodney Hide says there's no doubt Auckland's Super City plan has got other councils thinking. However he says the Government won't be interfering anytime soon. Pictured: Rodney Hide

EBOP Keeps Close Eye on Farmers
Environment Bay of Plenty says it'll be keeping a close eye on Waihi Beach dairy farmers after a poor compliance result. The annual dairy compliance results are out and show just nineteen of the 300 sites monitored failed the test. Regulation monitoring chair Malcolm Whitaker says Whakatane area farmers performed well, as did those in Galatea. However he says some between Waihi Beach and Kaituna didn't do particularly well. Water management group manager Eddie Grogan says the enforcement team won't hesitate to take further action against farms not up to scratch. Archive photo

Police Investigate Mount Assault
Police spent most of yesterday at the scene of an early morning assault in Mount Maunganui. A 30 year old from Tauranga was found lying unconscious at about 3am in a dark walkway between Maunganui Road and Bounty Lane. Detective Sergeant Darryl Brazier says the man was taken straight to hospital with critical head injuries. Detective Sergeant Brazier is appealing to anyone with information to contact police.

MAF Disappointed with Undersized Fish Haul
Ministry of Fisheries officers say they've caught a Tauranga man with 12 undersized kingfish. The find was uncovered on Wednesday during a routine patrol on a boat at the Mount Maunganui entrance to Tauranga and Motiti Island. Field operations manager Brendon Mikkelsen says the man could face a 20 thousand dollar fine when he's arrested. He says during the same patrol, officers found a family with 22 undersized snapper off Motiti Island. The family members told officers they'd thrown back the undersized fish but recaptured them when they appeared to be floating dead on the water. Mr Mikkelsen says the two incidents are very disappointing. Archive photo

Sailing Centre Set to Open
Tauranga's new sailing centre will rehouse a number of the city's water clubs left without a home. The Bay of Plenty Sailing Centre is officially opening at Sulphur Point tomorrow, after 1.5 million dollar and nine years in the planning. Project spokesman John Buck says the Sea Scouts needed a new home after the group lost its old base to the Harbour Link bridge. He says the T S Chatham cadets had also lost its base due to The Strand redevelopment. Mr Buck says he was able to secure Tauranga City Council funding. Pictured: Sulphur Point

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