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Thursday 4 February 2010

Carter: 'No Drought in Bay'
There's no drought in the Bay of Plenty, as far as the Agriculture Minister is concerned. David Carter is spending the day in Tauranga tomorrow, as part of a visit set up by local MP Simon Bridges. Mr Carter says he's spending part of the morning with business leaders in the community, before heading to the port and then on to visit kiwifruit growers He says there's no doubt the region's come close to drought but local farmers won't need Government assistance. Pictured: David Carter

Rock Band’s Holiday Rumour
A rumour that Australian rock band AC/DC has been holidaying in Tauranga this week, could be just that... a rumour. The band's been in New Zealand for the past week and kicked off its Black Ice Tour with a gig in Wellington last Thursday night. The musicians are expected to take the stage in Auckland tonight. But, it was rumoured that the band spent the past week with drummer Phil Rudd on his boat at Tauranga Bridge Marina. Rudd is a Tauranga local. Marina spokesman Tony Arnold says he's in a difficult position to comment but says he hasn't seen any other band members this week.

Tauranga ‘Perfect’ for Airshow
An aviation enthusiast believes Tauranga's the perfect venue for an annual airshow. Classic Flyers is putting on the brand new event at the airport on Saturday and Sunday, up to 150 aeroplanes and pilots will be involved in the show. Gavin Trethewey says he's flying an old Cessna A-37B Dragonfly, used in the Vietnam war. He believes the show will soar in popularity in years to come. Pictured: The Cessna Dragonfly

Port Keeps Keen Eye on Competition
Port of Tauranga will be keen to see if fresh competition for its Auckland division will affect it. The local port operates Metro Port in Auckland, which is in direct competition with Ports of Auckland's new rail link to its South Auckland complex. That rail link opened on Tuesday. The New Zealand Sharemarket says as a result, the Port of Tauranga stock is one to watch. It dipped one cent to 7 dollars 18 on Tuesday afternoon but had bounced back fully by late yesterday

Tiny Beauty Heads to Pageant Final
A Tauranga woman says she's one proud aunty with the news her niece could become Little Miss Petite New Zealand. Ali Stringfellow's niece Rhiannon is only four years old and already competing in beauty pageants. Ms Stringfellow says she's just found out that Rhiannon will compete in the national final later this month, with the chance of later representing the country in Los Angeles. She says she's following in her own footsteps, Ms Stringfellow has won 10 pageants in her time.

Posted: Thu 04 Feb 2010

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