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Friday 18 December 2009

Good News for Eastern Link Project
Construction of Tauranga's Eastern Link motorway looks set to begin next year. The New Zealand Transport Agency has recommended that the Government support the tolling option as a means of bringing forward the construction of the 455 million dollar, four lane motorway. The announcement was made during this morning's ceremony marking completion of the Harbour Link Project. Transport Minister Stephen Joyce says the proposal will be put before cabinet in the new year. At this morning's ceremony Mr Joyce paid tribute to all those involved in completing the Harbour Link Project, under time and well under budget. Several hundred people were on hand as two plaques were unveiled beside the Dive Crescent off ramp, one for each of the harbour bridges. A tohunga unveiling and blessing was held at the same site earlier today. The memorial features the ceremonial anchor stone of the Takitimu waka.

Tauranga to Host Rugby World Cup Teams
It's been a good Friday for Tauranga and Mayor Stuart Crosby, with the announcement that the city is to host Fiji, Samoa and one of the European qualifiers during the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The teams will train at the Tauranga Domain and at Baypark Stadium. Tauranga's one of 23 cities and towns that will host teams during the event.

Harbour Link Project – Mission Accomplished
The big day's finally here, the completion of Tauranga's Harbour Link Project. Originally budgeted at 255-million dollars, the new bridge and four-laning of Hewletts Road were completed ahead of schedule and well under budget. It's a proud day for Project Manager Kevin Reid. Transport Minister Stephen Joyce and other dignitaries will attend a ceremony at the Tauranga end of the old harbour bridge later this morning, an unveil a commemorative plaque. Notable by his absence will be former Tauranga MP Winston Peters, who wasn't invited to the ceremony, despite securing Government funding for the project. Carole Gordon says his supporters and other locals are holding their own rally at the other end of the bridge this morning to express their thanks for his efforts.

Toxic Shellfish Warning for BOP
There's a health warning involving all shellfish along the Bay of Plenty coastline. Test samples confirm high levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning in an area stretching from Tairua on the Coromandel, to as far east as the mouth of the Whakatane River. Health officials strongly urge people to avoid all shellfish in this area until further notice. This includes mussels, pipi, tuatua, cockles, oysters, scallops, catseyes and kina. Paua, crayfish and crabs can still be taken, but you must remove the gut before cooking. Anyone suffeing illness after eating shellfish should seek medical attention. Symptoms usually appear within 12 hours.

Police Appeal for Road Rage Vehicle Information
Tauranga police have identified the vehicle involved in a serious road rage incident at the weekend. It's a blue coloured Holden with a personalised plate, 89 VN V8. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of that vehicle is asked to contact he Tauranga South Police Station at 578 3460. Saturday's confrontation began in Pyes Pa Road, near Aquinas College. The driver of the vehicle terrorised a Tauranga family who were travelling along Pyes Pa Road towards Rotorua. He allegedly followed them at speed, overtaking and braking, and also tried to ram them.

Motorists Warned of Delays
A warning to motorists to expect delays along Cameron Road at Greerton today and tomorrow. Contractors will be laying down the final layer of asphalt between Maleme Street and Pooles Road.

Posted: Fri 18 Dec 2009

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