Mayor Wants Councils Joined
Tauranga's mayor wants to look at joining forces with Western Bay of Plenty District Council. In his annual State of the City speech this morning, Mayor Stuart Crosby will signal his plan to amalgamate the two councils. He says in many ways, both authorities already work as one but there could be further streamlining of rates and representation. Chamber of Commerce CEO Max Mason has welcomed the idea, but says it will undoubtedly be a heated debate. Pictured: Stuart Crosby
Speeding Teen Turns Back on Boyracer Culture
A Hamilton judge has heard how a Tauranga teen, who admitted driving recklessly, has turned his back on the boyracing culture. 18 year old Jedd Barton was fined $2,250 last Friday after pleading guilty to driving at night at speeds of up to 180 kilometres an hour on State Highway One last year. Barton's lawyer Matthew Bates said at the time, his client was immersed in the boy racer culture, but no longer. He said Barton's turned his life around, has made new friends and is working on a fishing boat. Archive photo
BOP Consumer Confidence Up
Consumers in the Bay of Plenty are among the happiest in the country. New figures from the National Bank show the region came top of the class, with a 2.5 percent growth in the final quarter of last year. Experts say the region's consumer confidence was one of the highest in the country, while at the same time there was an almost 2 percent rise in employment. However, Bay of Plenty was well down when it came to growth for the year, recording minus 1.6 percent.
Muggy Weather Blamed on ‘Rene’
Another day of sticky, humid temperatures is in store for Tauranga today. Some forecasters were blaming Cyclone Rene for humidity levels in parts of the city reaching a very sticky 98 percent yesterday. Other parts of the country further north reached 100 percent humidity. Newstalk ZB's weather guy Richard Green says unfortunately the weather's unlikely to cool today.
‘Go by Bike Day' a Success
A cycling advocate says Tauranga is slowly becoming much more bike friendly. Organisers of yesterday's 'Go by Bike Day' in Tauranga are labelling it a success, with at least 100 cyclists attending a special breakfast. Bruce Galloway says the whole point of yesterday was to encourage more people to bike to work. He says slowly, the city's bike routes are becoming more accessible and more people are using them.