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Thursday 10 December 2009

Arrest Warrant for Drink Drive Accused
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Tauranga woman, who failed to appear in court yesterday on drink drive and other charges. Thirty year old Raquel Haina Kiwi is charged with drunk driving, driving while disqualified, talking a vehicle, and shop lifting. She had been stopped by police on Takitimu Driver early this month.

Murder Accused Remanded
An Opotiki man accused of the murder of local Maori leader Hawea Vercoe last month, has made a brief court appearance. 21 year old Isiah Tai appeared in the Whakatane District Court. He was remanded in custody to December the 16th, for a bail report to be completed. Environment Bay of Plenty councillor and school principal Hawea Vercoe died after being struck outside a bar in Whakatane. Pictured: Hawea Vercoe

Mayor: 'Centre Contract Will Help Locals'
Tauranga's Mayor Stuart Crosby says steps have been taken to ensure the local economy receives a boost from the big Sport and Exhibition Centre contract. He says that strong negotiations were held with the company, Hawkins Construction, that's won the contract to build the centre for $26 million dollars, to ensure the use of a lot of local materials, merchants and sub-contractors, to support the local economy. The price means the entire project can be delivered for $39 million, well within the Council’s $41 million budget. Pictured: Stuart Crosby

Rotorua Becomes Bay's 'International Airport'
Rotorua’s all set to become the Bay of Plenty's first international airport from Saturday, with Trans Tasman flights direct to Sydney. Air New Zealand will fly A320 aircraft from Sydney to Rotorua and return, twice a week. The launch of the flights is seen as a significant development for the local and regional economy, providing a big boost to the tourist sector. A number of activities are planned to celebrate the inaugural flights this weekend.

Buy a Roast, Help a School
A Mount meat products firm is preparing to help out local schools in a novel way, through the sale of its 'ready roasts' and rolls. Asado Food Solutions at the Mount, is selling direct to the public for the first time from Monday. General Manager Hamish Roberts says five dollars will be set aside from the sale of products such chicken rolls or roasts in foil, to go to a school that people can nominate. He says their workers have young families and they're aware that schools are struggling, and decided to help out. He says it’s an opportunity to help the schools, and at the same time people get to try their products. Hamish Roberts says they've rung around more than 40 schools, who're enthusiastic about the idea. The offer kicks off from Monday, from the company's Jean Batten Drive headquarters, opposite Bunnings. Archive photo

Posted: Thu 10 Dec 2009

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