Shot Fired after Hold Up
It's been revealed a bullet hit the front of a police car during a pursuit in the Bay of Plenty. The officer driving the car was not hurt, but police say they're extremely concerned about the behaviour of the offenders. The incident happened after an aggravated robbery at the Shell Service Station in Edgecumbe on Sunday. Detective Sergeant Ross Everest says shooting at a police officer and car is an extremely serious offence. Police are continuing to interview witnesses and are urgently seeking the public's help to identify and locate the trio.
Mount Leads in House Price Stakes
Mount Maunganui and Papamoa have notched up the district's biggest house sale prices heading into summer. Latest figures from the Real Estate Institute show the median sale price at Mount Maunganui rose by $33,000 from November to December last year, to $440,000. But the number of sales didn’t follow the upward trend, with only 69 houses sold, compared with 81 in November. Central Tauranga also saw a fall in the number of sales, and the median sale price slumped by more than $17,000, to $337,500.
Dolphin Moko Delights Rivergoers
Moko the dolphin has paid a visit to the Eastern Bay of Plenty town of Whakatane, to the delight of people who encountered him in the local river. The dolphin had been sighted swimming near Whale Island offshore. DOC Biodiversity Ranger Jamie Quirk says he swam up the Whakatane River on Saturday, and interacted with people on paddle boards, and others, in a repetition of previous behaviours in other places. He was last seen in a bay between Ohope and Whakatane. Meanwhile, DOC's reviewing the evidence it has on the incident involving Moko the dolphin last week. DOC experts noticed superficial injuries to the dolphin's dorsal fin when they checked him over after the incident, in which it's alleged he was struck by a woman with a waka ama paddle. Archive photo
Police Appeal on Assault Outside Bar
Police investigating a brutal assault on a man outside a Whangamata bar are asking the public for more assistance. The 26 year old victim was evicted by staff at the Palms Tavern on Sunday the third of January after getting into an argument. Waihi Detective Glenn Ewing says while outside, the man was set upon by four or five people, punched to the ground and then kicked in the head. He says his injuries were so serious the man may lose an eye. Detective Ewing says the person they'd like to speak with is male, of short stature with cropped hair and a goatee. Pictured: Police would like to speak to this man
YMCA's New Program Aimed at Mums
YMCA Tauranga says it has responded to community needs, with the launch of a new program aimed at mothers, called MAPS. The Mothers and Preschoolers will focus on activities and needs of the caregiver, their preschooler and their parenting skills. The YMCA says the course is aimed primarily at mums with preschool children who have literacy needs. However fathers are also welcome. Education Manager Judy Kane says they need to convince parents of the importance of education and literacy.