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Wednesday 10 February 2010

Leaky Homes Claims Continue to Climb
Tauranga continues to be plagued by the leaky building syndrome. The Weathertight Homes Resolution Service says in the past year, one thousand more claims have been lodged nationwide by affected homeowners. The service, which provides inspection and assessments of leaky homes less than a decade old, has now received more than 7,600 claims. Tauranga rates as one of the six worst affected cities, with a total of 152 active claims. That's still well down on the two thousand recorded in Auckland.

GST Rise Concerns
There's concern at just how an increase in GST will affect retailers. Yesterday, Prime Minister John Key said a jump in GST to 15 percent was almost guaranteed. Mount Mainstreet manager Leanne Brown believes the bigger ticket items, such as vehicles and furniture, will suffer initially, with a drop off in sales.

Hospice Holds Annual Remembrance Service
A chance for closure tonight for relatives of loved ones who've recently passed away from terminal illness. Waipuna Hospice in Tauranga is holding its annual remembrance service at 7pm, and staff have invited people they've had close contact with over the past year. Hospice chaplain Donna Denmead says while the service is often a time for closure, it's also a sad occasion for many, who're still suffering their loss.

Push for Aging Water Mains Replacement
Tauranga City Council admits it may need to replace aging water mains sooner than expected. It follows yet another break in the pipes, this time under the 16th hole at Omanu Golf Club. Yesterday's break is likely to have been caused accidentally by nearby contractors. Council water supply manager Peter Bahrs says there have been other recent breaks caused by old pipe work. He says it shows the council's replacement programme needs to be stepped up.

Local Teen Makes Black Sticks Team
A Tauranga teen's summer training with the Black Sticks hockey team has paid off. 18 year old Samantha Charlton has been called up to the national squad to replace an injured player for this month's game against Australia in Perth. Her mum, Pip says the whole family's very excited but surprised. She says summer training with the team was exciting enough for Samantha.

Cruise Ships Keep Operators Busy
Two of the biggest cruise ships to visit Tauranga will keep tourist operators busy today. Both the Rhapsody of the Seas and the Diamond Princess will be in port today, bringing with them more than 5 thousand passengers. Mount Mainstreet manager Leanne Brown says cruise passengers love coming into Tauranga, with the view of Mount Maunganui and the marina so close.

Posted: Wed 10 Feb 2010

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