Firm to Build Sport and Exhibition Centre
The council has named Hawkins Construction as the preferred company to build the $40 million Sport and Exhibition Centre. Negotiations are still underway on a contract, but expected to be completed the middle of December. Council’s project manager Howard Severinsen says it’s hoped construction can start on January 18th. Howard Severinsen said the final contract price can't be released yet, as it's one of several issues still being discussed. However, indications are that the price will allow the project to be completed for less than the overall $41 million project budget. Council received six tenders for the construction project, which includes a new nine-court facility centre situated beside the outdoor stadium at Baypark. The centre will have seating for 3000, to 3,500 people. Pictured: Baypark
Teen Faces Meat Cleaver Charge
The Tauranga teen who sparked an alert at a local school, allegedly armed with a meat cleaver, has appeared in the Youth Court and was remanded in custody. The incident happened at Otumoetai Intermediate at lunch time on Tuesday. The school went into lock-down mode, when the 15 year old is alleged to have threatened another student. Police say the teen was on bail for a range of offences, and has been charged with breach of bail, and possession of a meat cleaver. He was remanded into CYFs custody to a secure unit. Pictured: Tauranga Court House
Off Ramp Closure
A heads up for motorists, the Takitimu Drive-Waihi Road off ramp, will be closed from 7pm tomorrow, until 6am Monday. Detours will be in place but motorists are advised to use an alternative route if possible. Meanwhile, there's a reminder that Dive Crescent will be closed from 3 o’clock on Saturday 28 November, until 1am next day for the Tauranga Moana Seafood Festival.
Foodbank - Big Jump in Demand
Tauranga's Foodbank has been forced to step up the number of food parcels given out by more than 40 percent. The foodbank's chairman Don Brebner says in his annual report, 2216 parcels were issued for the year. He says factors include a rise in unemployment due to the recession, together with power price rises, interest rates, petrol, credit and food costs. Don Brebner says they're seeing further increases in people referred for food parcels, and believe that demand is far from reaching its peak. Pictured: Tauranga Foodbank
Protest - 'Lift Freeze on Pay'
Local protest action is planned today, to highlight the plight of low-paid workers. Protestors are gathering by Gate Pa New World just after midday. The rally is called 'Lift the Freeze on Low Pay'. Organisers say the Government's wage freeze on low paid public and community sector workers is unfair. The rallies are being held around the country and coincide with strike action by hospital service workers, school support staff and others. Their 3 unions say many of the workers are paid only marginally above the minimum wage. Archive photo