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Wednesday 17 February 2010

Rugby World Cup Boss Talks to Businesses
The boss of next year's Rugby World Cup has told Tauranga businesses they can cash in on the event. Martin Snedden was in the city last night talking to local business owners about the event, and how best to make the most of it. He says even though the city isn't hosting a game, it is hosting three teams, and there'll be training matches here too. Mr Snedden says there are opportunities there if people decide to take them.

Concerns for Missing Woman
Tauranga police say they're concerned for the safety of a missing 50 year old woman. Shirley Cuthbert was last seen by her family just before midday on Monday. Police Senior Sergeant Rob Glencross says Ms Cuthbert was reported missing yesterday by her family after she was last seen leaving her Otumoetai address.

Willow St Decision 'a Joke'
A Tauranga City Council decision to go ahead with a new transport centre on Willow Street has been labelled a joke. Yesterday, councillors voted in favour of the new centre, which will see a new passenger terminal created on Willow Street. All commuter services will drop off and pick up on Willow Street. Councillor Murray Guy is against the plan and says it will ruin the atmosphere of the central city. He says the logical idea, as supported by some consultants, is a terminal on Durham Street.

EBOP to Fund New Position
Environment Bay of Plenty will soon start advertising for a newly created Chair in Coastal Science position. The council announced last week it would fund the position at the new University of Waikato marine and coastal research centre in Tauranga. The new role will focus on coastal marine and estuary research within the region. Environment Bay of Plenty chairman John Cronin says the research will help the council to better manage the region's resources. He says the position will be advertised in local papers and on the website in the coming weeks.

Account Accessed With Wrong Pin
Some financial advice from a Tauranga man who was able to access his EFTPOS account with the wrong pin - check your card. Last week, Mike McAvoy was able to access his account at a Kiwi Bank ATM, despite keying in the wrong pin number. Mr McAvoy says bank staff have assured him the glitch won't happen again. They told him the glitch came about when someone else entered the same correct pin at exactly the same moment. Mr McAvoy is urging people to periodically check their cards are secure by entering false pins. Mike McAvoy says had the card fallen into the wrong hands, he could've lost his life savings.

Posted: Wed 17 Feb 2010

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