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Monday 14 December 2009

Monday 14 December 2009

Pregnant Woman Caught Drink Driving
A 20 year old expectant mother is among the 23 drivers facing drink drive charges after a weekend blitz in the Eastern Bay. The woman, who's in the final weeks of her pregnancy, was found to have more than double the legal breath alcohol limit. The police crackdown was part of the Australasian campaign, 'Operation Unite'. Police say the overall result was disappointing given the media coverage of the campaign before it kicked off.

Kaimais Accident: Alcohol May Have Contributed
Police believe alcohol may have contributed to a fatal accident in the Kaimais that claimed the life of a 31 year old man. He was among a group of people in four-wheel-drive vehicles that travelled up Thompson's Track on Saturday and made camp near the top. They'd been drinking when the 31 year old decided to drive on his own to the nearby summit lookout. However he accidentally drove over the edge of the lookout and crashed his vehicle into dense bush 100 metres below. Volunteer firefighters from Katikati arrived at the scene early yesterday morning, with Police and rescue teams flown in several hours later to help recover the body.

Busy Weekend for Police
It was a wild Saturday night for police in downtown Tauranga, with nearly 60 arrests, including around a dozen offenders who allegedly took part in a huge brawl in Willow Street. Senior Sergeant Wayne Mills says the bulk of the trouble began at around 3.30 Sunday morning, soon after the bars closed.

Sand Bar Closure ‘Trial Only’
Tauranga's Mayor says the closure of the Sand Bar at the Mount is only a trial. The bar near Mount Drury has become a popular holiday watering hole in recent years. But Mayor Stuart Crosby says it was also a large bar sited on a reserve, in an alcohol free area, and that drew some complaints. Pictured: Mount Drury

Plant Thieves on the Loose
Authorities are on the lookout for people doing their gardens on the cheap. A number of individuals have been stealing large quantities of plants from Greerton Village gardens, and from other spots. The Council says video footage shows a woman removing plants from the Greerton beds shortly after three in the morning. Other garden beds have also been targeted, in Chadwick Road and at Memorial Park. So far, more than 400 plants have gone missing. Pictured: Greerton Village

‘No Benefits’ from Govt’s Electricity Moves
Former TrustPower chief executive Keith Tempest doesn't think the Government's latest moves will benefit the electricity market, or the consumer. He says shuffling the assets of the state owned electricity generators, is not a strategy that reflects a long term sustainable vision. Nor will it provide consumers with a more secure electricity supply at competitive prices. Mr Tempest says the changes will actually result in tens of millions of dollars being wasted on sales and marketing as the SOE's fight to retain customer share.

Roadworks Warning for Motorists
Work continues on Takitimu Drive this week, focusing on the northbound lanes between the Waihi Road overbridge, and Chapel Street. There's also resealing work at the State Highway 2/Moffat Road roundabout in Bethlehem, however most of the work there will be done at night.

Library Closes for Stock Take
An advisory for local bookworms, the main Tauranga Library will be closed tomorrow and Wednesday for a stock take. However library customers can still use the Council's other libraries in Greerton, Papamoa and the Mount. Pictured: Tauranga Library

Posted: Mon 14 Dec 2009

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