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Thursday 11 February 2010

Police ‘Fed Up’ with Drunk Drivers
There's a renewed push by Tauranga police to make it socially unacceptable to drink and drive. Police say they're fed up with drunk drivers, they've already processed 107 of them this year. In the latest incident on Tuesday night, a 46 year old was pinned between two cars when police claim a 22 year old, allegedly over the limit, crashed into the parked cars, trapping the woman in the middle. Road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion says the problem's already rife throughout Tauranga and it needs to change.

Company Rehires Staff
A Tauranga bus building company forced to lay staff off last week has already rehired some. Kiwi Bus Builders had to lay off 25 of its 108 staff last week, due to a fall in orders and revenue. Managing Director Richard Drummond says the number of luxury coaches being built went from up to 60 a year, to just 5 last year. However Mr Drummond says things are looking up, with more contracts available. Archive photo

Artist’s Alleged Killer Remanded in Custody
Members of a murdered Tauranga artist's family packed the courtroom yesterday, as his alleged killer made an appearance. 19 year old Daniel Wikeepa appeared in court for the second time, charged with the December murder of Harry Faulkner. Wikeepa's been remanded in custody until March 23. A large contingent of Mr Faulkner's family was at court, and yelled out 'it's not funny' when Wikeepa smirked.

Govt Agrees to Consultation Period
A Coromandel anti-mining group says John Key has totally misread the public mood. On Tuesday he announced the Government will free up parts of Conservation Department land for mining. They've previously estimated around 40 billion dollars worth of gold is under land on the Coromandel Peninsula. Coromandel Watchdog's Dennis Tegg says the Government has agreed to a six week consultation period.

BOP Rivers Given Algal All Clear
Bay of Plenty rivers have been cleared of algal blooms for now. District Health Board staff have issued a warning to people heading to rivers and lakes around the region to be aware of the risk of toxic algae. Medical officer of health Doctor Neil de Wet says while Rotorua's lakes are full of the algae at the moment, rivers around Tauranga appear to be clear.

Lack of Entries Sees Football Tourny Postponed
A lacklustre response to this month's multicultural football tournament has forced organisers to postpone it. The Tauranga tournament was to take place later this month as part of the annual Kiwi Festival. However, organisers say they've only received one entry so far and have been forced to postpone it. The tournament's been rescheduled for later in the year.

Posted: Thu 11 Feb 2010

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