Chopper for 'Critical' Crash Victim
Tauranga's rescue helicopter was called out last evening to a bad smash in the Kaimais, that's left one person critically injured. Two cars collided at the intersection of State Highway 29 and State Highway 28, Raparapa Road. The Trustpower TECT craft flew a passenger from one vehicle to Waikato Hospital with critical injuries. The driver of the second car, a 31 year old Tauranga man, suffered serious chest injuries and lacerations.
Pub Couple Cry Foul On Power Bill
A couple running a pub in Whitianga has been lumped with a 55 thousand dollar power bill, because Mercury Energy has been undercharging them. The power company says it's been reading the meter at Smitty's Bar wrongly for the past two years, and now it's time to catch up. Owner Gary Ingles says he's tried talking with Mercury, but he's now facing legal action. He says it's no way to run a business. Gary Ingles says no one could be expected to stump up the kind of money Mercury's demanding.
Lotteries Boost for Ambulance Work
A$ 50,000 grant to St John will go towards training in Tauranga. The donation has just been made to the ambulance service by the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board. St John Midland region staff say the organisation depends on donations like these to keep afloat. They say the money will be spread throughout the region but will mean a new training manikin can be bought for Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. The money will also be spent on new handheld radios and on boosting youth training.
Fire Guts Local Home
A fire at the weekend completely destroyed a Gate Pa home. Fire crews spent more than 4 hours at the Jones Street property, until the blaze was completely under control. It completely gutted the weatherboard family home.
'Partnership' Call from Waitangi Day
The message for Tauranga locals from Waitangi Day; let's move forward in partnership with local iwi. An estimated 300 people headed to the summit of Mount Maunganui early on Saturday morning for the annual Waitangi Day dawn service. Mayor Stuart Crosby says it was a positive atmosphere and everyone who spoke, talked about the future. He says partnerships between Tauranga authorities and local Maori will be essential to any future growth in the region.
'First' Air Show Wows Big Crowds
Tauranga's first ever air show has been labelled a runaway success. Organisers of the weekend's show say crowd numbers of around 30 thousand people are level with expectations. The show's co director Andrew Gornlie says overall, the feedback from the public has been positive. He says the show was a good family day out for all. Mr Gornlie says at this stage he can guarantee the show will be back in 2012. Andrew Gornlie says there are a number of people who need to be consulted about the show, including pilots, trade exhibitors and the council. Meanwhile, Tauranga police say there were no problems on the roads before or after the show. Some roads around the airport had been closed off for the show but detours were put in place.