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Friday 5 February 2010

Man Attacked by Own Dogs
A Tauranga man's in hospital after being bitten while trying to break up a fight between his two pit bulls. The 34 year old Ohauiti man has been taken to hospital with serious cuts and bruises after the attack this morning at six. It's understood the two dogs were destroyed at the scene. Tauranga City Council's environmental compliance manager John Payne says the man was attacked when he tried to stop his dogs fighting each other. Mr Payne says in the past, the pit bulls have prevented ambulance staff from gaining access to the man's property. Archive photo

Vercoe Fund to Benefit Maori
The late Hawea Vercoe will be honoured by Environment Bay of Plenty. The regional councillor died last November from head wounds suffered after being punched outside a Whakatane bar. Yesterday, regional councillors discussed the idea of setting up the Hawea Vercoe Commemoration Fund. The idea's been referred to the Maori Committee for approval. If approved, the council would sink 20 thousand dollars into the fund every year, to acknowledge environmental ideas that benefit Maori. Pictured: Hawea Vercoe

Textiles Alive Wins Rugby World Cup Contract
A Mount Maunganui company says a lucrative new national contract will create jobs in the region. Textiles Alive has teamed up with an Auckland company and will spend the next 12 months creating and supplying banners and flags for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Company director John Heyworth is confident the new contract will create new jobs in the region and grow the company.

Securities Commission Warning Against Local Company
A Mount Maunganui company at the centre of a Securities Commission warning says the commission's trying to shut it down. Michael Pedlar owns a pollution reducing company called 'Inertialess Drive'. The Commission's warning people against buying shares because it doesn't have a registered prospectus or investment pack. When Newstalk ZB visited Mr Pedlar's registered address yesterday, his wife denied there's any share offer on the table. She claims the latest warning is simply an attempt by the Commission to shut the company down.

Youths Urged to Get Flu Jab
Tauranga doctors say the uptake of the influenza vaccine amongst youths isn't good enough. This year's vaccine is still a month away from being publicly available, but already locals are being urged to consider getting it when it's available. Tauranga Medical Officer of Health, Doctor Jim Miller says there have been surprisingly few cases of flu locally this summer. However, he says people now need to prepare for winter Doctor Miller says he'd like to see more younger people get the jab.

EBOP May Fly Rangatiratanga Flag
The Tino Rangatiratanga flag may fly outside Environment Bay of Plenty next Waitangi Day. Late last year, the Government recognised this as the preferred Maori flag to fly alongside the New Zealand flag every Waitangi Day. Yesterday, councillors decided to consult with the Maori Committee on whether it should purchase a Rangatiratanga flag. If approved by that committee, the flag would fly outside the council building next to the New Zealand flag from February 6 next year.

World’s Largest Jandal in the Making
If you're headed to Mount Manganui Beach tomorrow and see a giant jandal in the water, don't be alarmed. It's meant to be there. Havaiana New Zealand wants to create the world's largest jandal, by using people lying on lilos. Participants in tomorrow afternoon's challenge at the Main Beach will be given a yellow lilo to lie on to form the shape of a jandal.

Posted: Fri 05 Feb 2010

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