Arrests in Tourist Robbery Case
Police have arrested and charged two people with robbing four international tourists at a popular swimming hole, Kerosene Creek, just south of Rotorua. The incident happened on Monday night, the visitors shaken but unhurt. The pair arrested are a 25 year old man from Auckland, already on the wanted list, and a 22 year old woman. Rotorua Area Commander Inspector Bruce Horne says he's delighted with the arrests, saying it sends a clear message to wouldbe offenders. He says tourism is a vital part of the local economy, and they can't afford such incidents.
Man Charged with Assault on Baby
A man's appeared in the Tauranga District Court on charges of assaulting a seven month old girl. Police say the incident in Maketu on Tuesday morning was domestic related. The baby was taken to Tauranga Hospital with bruising to the face. The accused is a 21 year old kiwifrruit worker, charged with assault and wounding with intent.
Go Ahead for 60m Complex on Bureta Park Site
A green light's been given for a 60 million dollar apartments and retail complex on the Bureta Park Motor Inn site. Planning Commissioners Greg Brownless, Wayne Moultrie and David Stewart have ruled in favour of the proposal put forward by Perry Developments. David Stewart says they spent a long time considering objections. He says they've asked for example, that engineers work in with local residents to assure them flooding concerns with the site can be addressed. The consent issued gives developers five years to start work on the project.
Recession? Look at the New Stores...
Downtown Tauranga is weathering the recession pretty well, going by the number of new stores that have opened their doors. Mainstreet's Kirby Weiss points to the number of new stores that have opened in about the past four months, mainly fashion outlets and the speciality wine shop Gambino's. He says it’s a case of 'what recession?' when 16 new stores have opened in four months, and 7 relocated within the central business area. Pictured: New wine shop Gambino's
Local Woman Named to NHB
Local woman Marion Guy has been named as one of the ten members of the new National Health Board. The NHB is part of a drive to improve frontline health services and better supervise the $10 billion of public health funding the 21 DHB’s spend on hospitals and primary health care. Marion Guy is a part-time Practice Nurse in Tauranga, and a former President of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation. She's an elected member of the Bay of Plenty DHB.
Lifeguards Turn First Aiders
Lifeguards at Mount beaches have seen little action, after many weeks of no surf. There's been no rescues to perform, with the surf no bigger than about half a metre. Local Chief Executive Officer Sarah Lucas says patrols have still kept busy with first aid jobs. She says they've included sprained ankles, cuts from shells, and children falling off bikes in the car parks. In the Bay of Plenty alone, guards responded to over 900 incidents needing first aid last summer. And a reminder that tomorrow is Jandal Day, when hundreds of surf life saving members in red and yellow uniforms will be out collecting. Photo courtesy Tulloch Photography