SPCA: Warning on Agressive Breeds
The SPCA says the mauling of a five year old girl by two pit bull crosses is a tragic reminder people shouldn't own more than one aggressive dog. Surgeons say the injuries inflicted on the girl near Whakatane on Sunday could've claimed her life. She's now recovering in Waikato Hospital and the two dogs were destroyed yesterday. SPCA chief executive Robyn Kippenberger says if people don't take note, we'll continue to have dog attacks like this one. Archive photo
Rains 'Little Help' to Farmers
Yesterday's heavy rainfall around inland Bay of Plenty isn't likely to have helped drought stricken farmers. MetService had forecast severe thunderstorms for parts of the region, with as much as 40 millimetres of rainfall expected every hour. Weatherwatch analyst Phillip Duncan says these kinds of thunderstorms can be very dangerous. He says flash flooding caused by the heavy rainfall isn't likely to have helped out Bay of Plenty farmers who are in desperate need of some water.
Police 'Still Hunting' Katikati Man
Tauranga police are still trying to track down a local man who's now been missing four months. Dutch immigrant Johannes Kaalverink went missing from his Katikati home last September, leaving behind his Dutch partner. Detective Sergeant Darryl Brazier says since Mr Kaalverink's disappearance, he's been spotted and spoken to in Te Aroha. Detective Sergeant Brazier says a lot of police time and resources have gone into looking for Mr Kaalverink.
Bridge Causeway Roadworks
Motorists have been warned to expect a series of lane closures along the Mount Causeway this week, as final road surfacing's done for the Harbour Link Project. Project Manager Kevin Reid says Tauranga-bound traffic will be down to one lane while the work's carried out. But it’s being done at night to minimise disruption to motorists. Kevin Reid says the final road surfacing was delayed til after the peak holiday season to minimise the impact on traffic. They expect to complete the work over three nights depending on the weather. Meanwhile, Construction of the new roundabout on State Highway 2 at Bethlehem, is well underway with the clearing of trees within the road boundaries. The work is expected to take about six months.
Regional Lifeguard Patrols Nearing End
Daily surf patrols around Bay of Plenty are coming to an end, and lifeguards say people are slowly getting the message. Pukehina Beach has been the first local beach to revert back to weekend volunteer patrols, now the peak holiday season is over. Mount Maunganui patrol captain James Roy says daily patrols at the Mount will finish in two weeks. He says it seems swimmers are really starting to heed the safe swimming message.
Water Back On
Full water supplies have been restored in Tauranga. A fault at the Joyce Road water processing plant saw supply reservoirs drop to 30 percent last night. Supply was switched to the Oropi booster pumps in an effort to maintain water supply to Mount Maunganui, Ohauiti, Welcome Bay and Papamoa. Reservoirs are now back up to a comfortable level but residents are being reminded to use water wisely in the dry windy weather.