Suspected P Labs Bust
Tauranga detectives have busted a pair of suspected P labs just north of the city. Detective Sergeant Darryl Brazier says one during a search of an address in Plummers Point Road on Monday. One person's been charged in connection with that. And another person was arrested at Te Puna this morning when police carried out a search warrant. The Armed Offenders Squad used tear gas to subdue the suspect when he refused to come outside. A search of the property is still underway.
Body Found in Gate Pa
25 police officers are investigating a suspicious death in Tauranga. The body of a man, believed to be in his forties, was found at a Watling Street address, in Gate Pa at around seven o'clock this morning. Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner says they aren't one hundred percent sure of the man's identity, and wouldn't comment on whether there were any signs of physical injury. The body will be transported to Auckland later today for a post mortem examination. Neighbours have told police they heard a disturbance at the address late last night, and police are keen to hear from anyone else who may have heard or seen anything in that street overnight. They'd also like to speak with anyone who was the address in the past 48 hours.
Waimapu Sewer Warning
Health warning signs are up at the Waimapu Estuary following a minor sewer overflow in Fraser Street. People are advised against fishing or swimming in the area until further notice
Comvita Agreement Worth Millions
Local natural healthcare company Comvita has completed a six-million dollar agreement with Derma Sciences. It gives the US company exclusive rights for the professional and medical market for Medi-honey woundcare and skincare products. Paengaroa based Comvita receives royalties, and also retains exclusive rights to the 'over the counter' market.
Police Hunt Former Local Woman
The hunt continues for a former Tauranga woman who now lives in the Auckland area. 29 year old Melissa Addison is alleged to have stolen a Volkswagen and taken police on a wild high speed chase on Saturday. She managed to elude capture and was later involved in another vehicle theft. There are already three warrants out for her arrest.
New Tactic to Curb Drink Driving
Police have adopted a new tactic in efforts to cut down on drink driving. Small teams of officers were deployed over the weekend to locations across Tauranga's suburbs to carry out breath testing checkpoints. The smaller teams are more mobile, and can appear anytime, anywhere.
Foodbank Demand Soars
Volunteers at Tauranga's Foodbank say they're flat out in the lead up to Christmas. Demand for food parcels is up forty percent compared with a year ago, and nearly double what it was in 2007. Don Brebner says they're now handing out nearly ten thousand food parcels a year.
Feast for the Less Fortunate
St Peters Presbyterian Church in Tauranga is putting on another Christmas feast this Friday. It's the 20th year they've hosted a Christmas meal for those less fortunate. Last year they had around 230 guests, and are expecting a similar number this year. The public can donate food towards the meal, which will be held in the Church Hall in Spring Street, beginning at 5pm. All surplus food will be given to the Tauranga Community Foodbank.