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Thursday 17 December 2009

Search on for Missing Kayaker
The police dive squad has been called in to help with the search for a fisherman missing off the Whangamata coast. The 24 year old Cambridge man was one of two fishing from a sea kayak that got swamped late yesterday afternoon. One man swam to nearby Hauturu Island and spent 20 minutes trying to raise the alarm with people on shore. The second man hasn't been seen since. Police say neither man had a life jacket and to make matters worse, both were wearing heavy clothing and boots. Pictured: Whangamata Beach

Road Rage Vehicle Identified
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 the Tauranga South police station at 578 3460.

Fines for ‘Stupid Drivers’
Numerous motorists have thanked Tauranga police for their efforts yesterday to clamp down on stupid driver behaviour in Hewletts Road. Senior Sergeant Ian Campion says his officers issued around forty infringement notices to drivers who clogged up the Totara Street intersection, and to several others who tried to illegally use the bus lanes. Archive photo/TrustPower traffic cams

Traffic Jam Blamed on Chip Seal, Drivers
New chip seal and poor driver behaviour are being blamed for yesterday's slow going over the harbour bridges and along Hewletts Road. Traffic chief Ian Campion says a reduced speed limit near the Harbour Bridge Marina slowed traffic considerably. However part of the problem lay elsewhere as drivers tried to beat the lights at the Totara Street/Hewletts Road intersection. Drivers who were illegally using the bus lanes along Hewletts Road got a timely reminder and a ticket from waiting police patrols. Pictured: Traffic backed up along Hewletts Road/TrustPower traffic cams

No Ceremony Invite for Peters
Love him or loathe him... most people in Tauranga appear astounded that former Tauranga MP, Winston Peters has not been formally invited to tomorrow's official ceremony to mark completion of the Harbourlink project. He was instrumental in making sure that the new harbour bridge was toll free. Mayor Stuart Crosby says Mr Peters should have been invited to the official ceremony on Friday to mark completion of the project. He says he's made a number attempts, including the office of the Transport Minister, to have Mr Peters invited to the event, but as of yet, he has not received a reply from any of them. Pictured: Winston Peters

Waihi Beach District Change Petition
A group of Waihi Beach residents are reportedly trying to get their community to break away from the Western Bay of Plenty District. Waihi is part of the Haurkai District, but Waihi Beach is not. Western Bay Mayor Ross Paterson says it all depends on whether organisers of the petition can raise enough signatures to force the issue. Ross Paterson says he's already had a discussion with Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga. Pictured: Waihi Beach

Man Admits Jamieson Murder
A 52 year old Kaitaia man has admitted killing former Whakatane woman, Marie Jamieson. Ms Jamieson's body was found behind a West Auckland factory in early 2001. The case remained unsolved until Joseph Reekers was arrested in Northland just over a year ago. He'll be sentenced next April.

Posted: Thu 17 Dec 2009

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