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Wednesday 3 February 2010

Council Considers Parking Clamp Down
Tauranga City Council wants to clamp down on the city's unofficial 'berm parks'. The council has this week begun consulting with the public on its plan to scrap unofficial berm carparks and turn some streets into one-way zones. The city would initially lose more than 500 free parks. However, transport operations manager Martin Parkes says 160 new spaces would in turn be created if berm parking bays were introduced. He says the current tradition of parking on the berm needs to change.

'Stars' Future Safe Says Out of Pocket Organiser
The future of Tauranga's 'Stars under the Stars' concert is safe. This, despite heavy rain at the weekend which forced organisers to cancel the Sunday night event. Organiser Craig Wilson says about 3 thousand people attended the event the night before but that wasn't enough to cover the financial loss. He says as a result, he's tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket. However, he says the future of the concert is still safe. Mr Wilson says in the meantime, ticket holders left high and dry can get their money back or alternatively keep the ticket in exchange for entry to next year's concert.

Crs Flooded with Emails over Book Charge Issue
A proposed new charge for library books in Tauranga is proving to be a sore spot for many locals. In a cost saving move, the council wants to charge at least 50 cents for every adult book its libraries lend to ratepayers. Councillor Murray Guy says he and others around the table have been flooded with hate mail and angry letters from residents. He says other councillors say they've never received so many emails on one issue. Councillor Guy says people seem to think the issue's a done deal, but it's not. Daily posts on Twitter and newspaper letters to the editor continue to bag the idea.

Tauranga Sodden but Sunny
Tauranga may've been one of the wettest centres in January but it was also the sunniest. NIWA figures are out for January and show that it was an extremely wet month for the city with more than double the average rainfall for this time of year. 178 millimetres in total fell, however it was still a warm month, with an average temperature of 19.5 degrees. According to NIWA, the city had 262 hours of sunshine. Auckland and Hamilton scored second highest with 239 hours of sunshine.

Police Investigate Fatal Crash
Police enquiries are continuing into the reason behind a fiery road smash near Waimana in the Bay of Plenty. 61 year old Robyn Magerison of Opotiki died when the car she was driving failed to take a bend on Saturday and crossed the centre line. It drove straight into the path of an oncoming milk tanker. Whakatane Sergeant Ray Wylie says both vehicles ignited into flames upon impact. He says the matter's been referred to the coroner but enquiries into the crash are continuing.

Fraser Cove Sells off Retail Sites
Tauranga's fastest growing shopping centre is on the market. A dozen retail units at Fraser Cove Shopping Centre in Tauranga South have been listed for sale. New Zealand Retail Property Group owns the centre and chairman Mark Gunton says the company has decided to sell some of the retail sites within the shopping centre as an alternative to debt raising. Fraser Cove's been open since 2002 and is about 21 thousand square metres in size.

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