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Tuesday 16 February 2010

Cost Cuts Come with Sacrifices
It appears Tauranga City Council won't be able to cut costs without also cutting some services. A notice of motion will be presented at the council meeting this afternoon, looking at ways the council can save money in its 2010-2011 budget. Councillor Rick Curach is presenting the motion and will ask council staff to look into ways the council can save money. He says ideally, the council should be able to save 2.5 million, but not without some sacrifices. Pictured: Rick Curach

No Compensation for Roadwork Affected Businesses
Compensation has been ruled out for Wharf Street businesses hit in the pocket by roadworks. The roadworks, which will take up to 6 weeks to complete, have closed the street and moved bus stops around the corner. Contractors say they're upgrading pipework and footpaths. Rob Dinneen owns Rossco's Bar and Cafe in Wharf Street and says the works could be devastating for business. However, he says up front compensation has been ruled out by the council.

Bay Students Feature in Korean Documentary
The actions of a group of Bay of Plenty students will soon be watched by 50 million Koreans. The Korean Education Broadcasting System spent last week in the region, shadowing the polytech's marine research students, for a television documentary. Marine research course coordinator Keith Gregor says the documentary crew was interested in the way local students carried out research and investigations. Mr Gregor says Tauranga's sun, sand and surf provided a great backdrop for the filming. Archive photo

Vigilance Urged as Fire Ban Lifts
Bay of Plenty's total fire ban may be about to lift but we're not totally out of danger yet. Western Bay's principal rural fire officer Barry Low says heavy rainfall and very little wind around the region means the extreme risk has now passed. The ban will be lifted at 8 tomorrow morning. Mr Low says he's been pleased with the level of cooperation from local residents. He's urging people to remain vigilant and be sensible around fires.

Posted: Tue 16 Feb 2010

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