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Wednesday 2 December 2009

Coastguard Blast for Rescued Boatie
Maketu Coastguard has branded as idiotic, a boatie with no safety gear on board who sparked a rescue. The Rotorua man swamped his 14 foot runabout trying to enter the Maketu channel early yesterday. Coastguard President Shane Beech says he was wearing a wetsuit and that was about it, he had no lifejacket, or other safety equipment. Shane Beech says his actions tested their resources, and putting their crew at risk in pitch black conditions. He says it’s fortunate the weather was good but the rescue still took around two hours. Pictured: Maketu

Vercoe Inquiry Near Complete
Bay of Plenty police are wrapping up their inquiry into the killing of a regional councillor and school principal last month. Hawea Vercoe died from head injuries after he was punched outside a downtown bar. Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Standen says they've spoken to about 25 witnesses, and haven't changed their views on what occurred on the night. A 21 year old Opitiki man, who's been held in custody, is to reappear in court next week charged with murder. Pictured: Hawea Vercoe

Xmas Festival - and Santa Too!
Preparations are well underway at Mount Maunganui, for the TrustPower Christmas Festival and Santa Parade on Sunday. The parade will start at Tawa Street at midday, and organisers say there'll be two circuits of the downtown this year, to make sure everyone gets a great view of all the floats. Mainstreet's Leanne Brown says in addition to some innovative floats, there are marching bands, dance groups, and classic cars. And of course, Santa on the TrustPower float as star of the show. A Park and Ride bus service is being put on from the reserve on Totara Street, to the visitor information centre in Salisbury Ave. The buses will run to 4.30pm.

Male Escorts for Busy Women
A Tauranga male chaperone service aimed at professional women is gearing up for a busy Christmas. Knights2rememba is the brainchild of Betty McCullough and her daughter Rachael, who saw a gap in the executive chaperone market. She says they're expecting huge demand for business-related functions and social engagements such as weddings. Betty McCullough emphasizes that the service is non-sexual and companion only. She says they provide safe, courteous, respectable gentlemen, aged from mid-twenties to late fifties who are all police-checked and personally interviewed. Archive photo

Posted: Wed 02 Dec 2009

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