Chamber CEO Welcomes Minimum Wage Rise
The rise in the minimum wage is seen as a positive step forward by Tauranga's Chamber of Commerce. The 25 cent increase, to 12 dollars and 75 cents an hour, has been labelled as disgusting by low paid workers but realistic by employers. Local Chamber of Commerce CEO Max Mason says the Government's realised the effects of the recession will be felt for some time to come. He says he's happy with the level of the increase, and most Tauranga employers will be too. Mr Mason says employers realise that a wage rise was inevitable. Max Mason says the local average wage is low and so any attempt to drag it up is welcomed. Pictured: Max Mason
Tauranga 'Severely Unaffordable'
Tauranga's been ranked as one of the world's most expensive cities to live in. A new survey released by Australian company Demographia ranks housing affordability levels in nearly 60 cities in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Ireland and America. According to the survey, in the final quarter of last year, Tauranga was New Zealand's most expensive city, coming in at number 20 on the list. Tauranga was rated by the survey as 'severely unaffordable,' for the second time in less than a year.
Boaties Warned Over Speed Limits
Harbourmaster patrols are vowing to keep watch over Bay of Plenty's waters this summer. Environment Bay of Plenty says it's already issued about twenty warning letters to boaties travelling faster than the limit within 200 metres of shore. Regional harbourmaster Carl Magazinovic says people need to realise there are other people using the water. Mr Magazinovic says patrols will continue in the Rotorua lakes and Tauranga harbour areas throughout summer. Archive photo
College Head Boy on Fundraising Mission
A Tauranga teen is on a fundraising mission after being selected to go to America on a Global Young Leaders conference. Aspiring broadcaster and Bethlehem College head boy Luke Chivers, will head to the conference in Washington DC and New York this July. He says he's excited about the chance to shape leadership views for the future. Luke says he needs to raise eight thousand dollars to get to America.
Local Farmers Open Gates for Farm Day
A Papamoa farming family is opening its gates in an effort to give people a better understanding of rural life. The annual Farm Day is coming up in March and dairy farmers Noel, Andrew and Robyn McLeod will be taking part in the tour. They've decided to open the gates to their Welcome Bay Road farm so Tauranga's townies can get an idea of how the farming business works. Archive photo