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Wednesday 27 January 2010

Woman Charged over Petrol Drive Off
A 63 year old woman was arrested at a service station last night and charged with drunk driving, after trying to drive off with the pump still attached after filling up. The incident happened at BP on Maunganui Road just after 11 o’clock. The forecourt attendant delayed the woman until police arrived. The Mount Maunganui resident was held in custody to appear in the Tauranga District Court this morning. Archive photo

Three Face Charges for 'Ridiculous' Poaching
The Ministry of Fisheries says a paua bust in the Coromandel area is the largest it's seen in a decade. Three South Auckland men have had their vehicle seized and are facing charges for poaching. A Ministry of Fisheries operation netted the men in the Tairua area on Monday, allegedly with more than 400 paua in their possession. The Ministry's Bay of Plenty, Coromandel field operations manager Brendon Mikkelson says the men each face fines of up to $250,000.  He says it was plundering on a ridiculous scale with the daily limit just 10 per person. Archive photo

Age Concern Thumbs Down on Book Charges
Age Concern Tauranga has poured cold water on a proposal to introduce library charges and reduce the number of books. City councillors are now looking at introducing a fee for every book loaned out, as a way to save money. The plan, which would also see the number of books cut by 30 thousand, doesn't sit well with Age Concern's local president Lorraine Wilson. She says recreational reading's a way of life for many elderly and they'll be severely restricted under the new plan. The plan will go out for public consultation in March.

Club Short on Bowling Green Funds
Matua Bowling Club's been left in limbo. It went cap in hand yesterday to Tauranga City Council seeking $90,000 to turn a grass bowling green into an artificial green this year. The council has given the club two months to find the money from other sources. However, it's promised to top up any shortfall so the club reaches its $90,000 target.

Airport Plays Free Parking Card
Rotorua International Airport's hoping to snare some Aussie bound travellers from Auckland. Bay of Plenty passengers are being offered free parking at the airport if they fly out of Rotorua. The airport's CEO George White says he wants to encourage more local travellers to fly to Sydney from Rotorua instead of Auckland airport. He says the normal cost of parking at the airport for the week would be $45 dollars. Mr White says Rotorua's service is a lot quicker and easier than Auckland to get to for locals.

Save Water Message
Monday night's water scare in Tauranga has officials urging locals to keep conserving water all summer. A fault took out the Joyce Road water processing plant, meaning some reservoirs were working at 40 percent below their capacity. That prompted a warning from Tauranga City Council to conserve water and stop garden irrigation. Water supply manager Peter Bahrs says people shouldn't stop water conservation, just because everything's back to normal. Mr Bahrs says people have generally been very good about watching their water use.

Fire Concerns
Western Bay of Plenty District Council says it's doing all it can to avoid a major scrub fire. The total fire ban put in place by the council a fortnight ago is unlikely to be lifted at least until next week, despite heavy rainfall in the past few days. The council's principal rural fire officer Barry Low says the ground is still pretty dry and brown and the recent rain evaporated as quickly as it fell. He says while the grass has greened up a little bit, there's still a huge fire risk.

Posted: Wed 27 Jan 2010

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