New Centre for Child Abuse, Violence Victims
A new centre to be officially opened in Tauranga today, focuses on the victims of child abuse, family and other violence. The Devonport Road facility is a joint venture between Police and Child Youth and Family. The facility, one of the first in the country, brings together 14 staff including Police abuse investigators, family violence coordinators, and CYF social workers. TMAPS, or Tauranga Moana Abuse Prevention Strategy, will also have staff there. A spokesman says it provides a victim-focused facility to ensure the victims of abuse, neglect or family violence get the support they need in a coordinated, timely way. Deputy Police Commissioner Rob Pope is among those attending the opening.
Kiwi Lifestyle Festival Events Unveiled
Details have just been unveiled of a major new festival for the Western Bay. Organisers say the Kiwi Festival, a nine day event beginning at the end of February, will celebrate our coastal lifestyle and world-class produce. The festival will tie together 20 different events, some existing some new. The festival will be launched with a top town style event in Te Puke, the Zespri Industry Challenge, marking the lead in to the kiwifruit harvest. Another event is Fiesta in the Park at Te Puke, where the challenge is to beat the world record for peeling and eating a kiwfruit.
Off Ramp Closure
On the roads... the off ramp from Takitimu Drive to Waihi Road via 11th Ave, will be closed today from 10 til 4 in the afternoon for road works. Detours will be in place but motorists are advised to use an alternative route if possible.
Water Use Tipped to Double in Coming Decades
An alarming thought as the sunny spell rolls on, demand for water in the Western Bay is tipped to more than double during the next 50 years. The prediction based on current demand comes from Environment Bay of Plenty. The council is developing a Water Sustainability Strategy. Committee Chair Raewyn Bennett says domestic industrial and other use is intensifying, and in areas such as Canterbury problems have arisen when demand and supply have become unbalanced.
Police: 'Thanks for Auction Support'
A personal thank you has been sent out to all those who supported the Police Charity Auction at the end of October. It was one of the most successful to date, raising 175 thousand dollars. Funds have now been distributed to Riding for the Disabled, Positive Pathways Trust, and Omanu Beach Surf Life Saving. Organiser Detective Sergeant Pete Blackwell says the three groups have all asked him to send out a thank you, adding the funds have helped each of them take a very big step forward. Pictured: Riding for the Disabled