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Friday 29 January 2010

Police Gear Up for Long Weekend
Bay of Plenty police will be out in force this long weekend. Traffic flows in and out of Bay of Plenty are expected to build from this evening as people make the most of the Auckland Anniversary weekend. Local road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion says people need to follow the road rules and make the roads safe this weekend. He says extra police will be out on the roads, enforcing the rules. He says it's crucial people give themselves plenty of time to get to their destination and take regular breaks along the way.

Mauled Girl’s Parents Thankful for Support
The parents of the Bay of Plenty five year old girl bitten by two dogs are full of praise for local emergency services. They say the gifts, letters, and cards they've received have boosted their spirits in this horrific time. Shaun and Helen, the parents of the little girl mauled by a dog in Taneatua on Sunday are thanking the media and public for their kind wishes. They want to extend their thanks to the emergency services that came to their aid, and the staff at both Whakatane and Waikato Hospitals. Archive photo

Air NZ to Showcase Tauranga
Tauranga is set to be showcased to thousands of international travelers. Tourism Bay of Plenty has secured the main editorial feature in the autumn issue of Air New Zealand's 'Destinations Magazine.' The magazine will be on board all international flights. Tourism Bay of Plenty spokeswoman Catherine Connell says securing the editorial space is a major coup for the area. She says it's read by a huge number of people and the region's exposure will pay big dividends. Ms Connell says the magazine will be on show for nearly four months.

PSA Condemns Book Charge
The union representing librarians hopes Tauranga will remember Ashburton's ill-fated attempted to charge for library books. The PSA has condemned Tauranga City Council's proposal to charge 50 cents for all adult books its libraries lend out. In 1999, Ashburton introduced a one dollar charge on all newer books, issue numbers plummeted from 400 thousand per year to 300 thousand. The charge was scrapped in 2008.  PSA national secretary Brenda Pilott hopes Tauranga takes note.

Chadwick Road Water Main Break
Tauranga City Council's offering no guarantees that more of the city's water mains won't burst in future. Residents in the city's west are being urged to conserve water today and possibly tomorrow as a break in the Chadwick Road main is fixed. The break comes less than a week after a major fault forced the Joyce Road water processing plant to shut down. Water supply manager Peter Bahrs says breaks happen often throughout the year and can't be avoided.

Bay Summer Tops Ranking
Bay of Plenty's summer weather has come out tops. The Weather Watch centre's head weather analyst Phillip Duncan has ranked Bay of Plenty's weather as the country's best this summer. Mr Duncan says he was looking for areas which had long, hot, sunny days and warm nights. He says the Bay's weather over the summer has been stunning with plenty of sunny and really hot days. Auckland's weather ranked second, followed closely by Waikato.

Local Blogger ‘Raves and Rants’
One Tauranga local who has plenty to say about the city has taken ranting to a new level - a blog. The resident, who isn't identified on the blog, has created the page 'Tauranga Raves and Rants.' And it seems nothing escapes this blogger's attention, the first post earlier this week was on the lack of creativity in Creative Tauranga's display window. There are positive posts too, yesterday's post was all about the 'Bay Hopper' bus and what a great service it provides. A screen shot of the 'Tauranga Raves and Rants' blog

Posted: Fri 29 Jan 2010

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