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Wednesday 23 December 2009

Vandals Damage Bridge Glass Panels
There could be some delays if you're headed into town from the Mount today. Contractors are removing reinforced glass panels from the Aerodrome Bridge near the Marina, and will be there most of the day. It comes after vandals damaged several of the panels at the weekend. Harbourlink Project Manager Kevin Reid says it's a safety issue. All the panels will be removed for the duration of the holidays, and they'll reconsider their options in the new year. Pictured: the Aerodrome Bridge

Kiwifruit: Grower Returns Increase
Zespri's final shipments of kiwifruit have been completed, with grower returns forecast to increase by nearly 47 million dollars when compared with last year. All told, nearly a hundred million trays of fruit were exported this season. It's good news for growers of Zespri Gold, who see their earnings rise $2.36 per tray above last season's payout. That's due in part to a good exchange rate with the Japanese Yen. By contrast, projected returns are down slightly for the Green variety, and down 31 cents a tray for Organic Green.

Hotel Feasibility Study Complete
A study's been completed into the feasibility of building a new hotel and conference centre in the city centre. The study was commissioned by Priority One and Tourism Bay of Plenty, and looked at several prospective sites including Durham Street and Devonport Road. The next stage is attracting investors, developers and prospective operators. Pictured: Downtown Tauranga

Ferry Service Set to Begin
The Tauranga Harbour summer ferry service begins next Monday. Operator Norrie McKenzie says the 'Spirit of Tauranga' will sail from the ferry pontoon just south of the Kestrel on the CBD waterfront, to Mount Maunganui's Salisbury Wharf. There'll be five return trips each day. Pictured: Salisbury Wharf

Cricket Oval to Host West Indies Team
The Bay of Plenty Cricket Oval at Blake Park has taken a big step towards becoming the country's latest international cricket venue. It is to host the West Indies Under 19 team who are competing at the 2010 Under 19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand. The Windies team arrives in Tauranga on January third, and will train at Blake Park for about a week. The world cup begins January 15th, with most of the games in the South Island. Pictured: Blake Park Cricket Oval

Posted: Wed 23 Dec 2009

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