Jazz Fest to Bring New Orleans Legend 'Dr John'
The line-up for Tauranga's Jazz Festival has just been announced, featuring two international music legends, the six-time Grammy award-winning Dr John with his band, The Lower 911. Festival Director Arne Hermann says getting Dr John to Tauranga is a dream come true. He's regarded as one of the New Orleans legends mentioned in the same breath as Louis Armstrong and Fats Domino. Also part of the international line-up is the man they call ‘the Godfather of Acid Jazz’, Hammond organ musician Brian Auger. The jazz fest will run over Easter next year featuring more than 60 bands and musicians. It's the third oldest jazz festival in the world.
Councillors Given Projects Update
Councillors have been given an update on the Sports and Exhibition Centre Project. Building work is expected to begin on January the 18th, and the project will take 18 months, completed by the winter of 2011. Councillors were also given an update on key transportation projects yesterday. They include bypass projects, Tauranga transport centre, the Eastern Link motorway and Cameron Road widening and rehabilitation.
Call for 'Eco Burial' Cemetry
There's a call for the council to consider creating an eco-burial cemetry, or at least set aside such an area. It comes from Neil Gedge of Elliots Funeral Services. He says they've been getting inquiries over the last couple of years for eco-friendly funerals and burials. He says they can cater for eco-friendly caskets and preservation methods, but there is nowhere in the city for a natural burial if a family wants one. He says that in natural burials, a body is buried closer to the surface to return it to the earth speedily. Caskets are made of sustainably harvested wood, and coffins arent glued nailed or screwed together. Archive photo
Tempest Steps Down
TrustPower's long-serving chief executive steps down tomorrow. Keith Tempest has spent 8 years in the role, and more than 20 years with the company in total. The new CEO to replace him has been named as 50 year old Vince Hawksworth, who is returning to New Zealand to lead TrustPower after three years as chief of Tasmania's generation company. Another executive will fill in until Mr Hawksworth starts work next April.
BOP Sets Spring Temp Record
The Bay of Plenty has clocked up some spring weather records, the highest spring temperature was 32.1°C recorded at Whakatane on November 24th, an all time record for the site. Spring sunshine totals were above normal for the Bay of Plenty and some other areas. And Tauranga was also the warmest of the six main centres.