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Wednesday 25 November 2009

Willow St Option Still Stands
Tauranga Council has decided to stick with the Willow Street option for a new transport centre, but with new conditions. Car parks outside the retailers in Willow Street will remain untouched, and they'll look at new options for tour coaches and Intercity buses. The reworked proposal will still have to come back before Council for final confirmation.

District Plan Results Released in the New Year
Western Bay of Plenty District Councillors have almost completed a four month long marathon, review of their District Plan. It's the first major rethink in fifteen years. But because final decisions won't be made until just before Christmas, the Council has decided not to release the results until early next year. Mayor Ross Paterson says it would unfair to provide so much important information at a time when businesses and people are preparing to relax and holiday. Pictured: Ross Paterson

Power Companies Warned
The Commerce Commission has issued formal warnings to TrustPower and Contact Energy for alleged anti-competitive behaviour. The companies have been criticised for their contact during the 'purchase by tender' of a power station near Nelson in 2002. Contact pitched a possible back to back hedge arrangement for the supply of electricity to TrustPower, depending on who was successful in the auction for the Cobb hydroelectricity power station. TrustPower went on to purchase the site in 2003 for for almost 93 million dollars. The Commerce Commission says the communication between the two companies went too far, and undermined the bidding process.

US Govt Questions Kiwifruit Allegations
The US Government is questioning New Zealand about allegations kiwifruit exporter Zespri is using its monopoly to instigate anti-competitive behaviour. The issue is raising questions at the World Trade Organisation after complaints by Zespri's main rival Turners and Growers. Zespri spokesperson Melanie Palmer says it's a trade issue and the Government has told them it's handling it.

Mining Co Goes for Gold
Newmont Gold has won the right to explore for gold and silver in an area behind Pauanui on the Coromandel Peninsula. The three thousand hectare Ohui block of land runs from the southern end of the Tairua inlet and in behind the coastal settlements of Opoutere and Ohui. Newmont is the owner/operator of the Martha open pit mine at Waihi, and the nearby Favona underground mine. Next month it will decide whether to extend the Martha Mine further east, which could prolong the mine's 'life' for another two years. Pictured: the Martha Mine

State Highway Numbering to Change
Changes are being made to clarify the numbering of local state highways. It's to tie in with the completion of the Harbour Link Project in mid-December. Most of the signage will be changed on Sunday December 6th, with the remainder altered the on following Monday. State Highway 2 will go via Takitimu Drive, over the Harbour Bridge and then along Hewletts Road to Maunganui Road and out towards Te Puke.

Funding to Boost Polytech Enrolment
The Bay of Plenty polytechnic is one of twelve polytechs to share in new Government funding to help boost enrolment. The local polytech will receive more than $600,000 in 2010 as part of the Government's Youth Opportunities package.

 

It’s Hot in the BOP
Temperatures in the Bay topped 30 degrees on Tuesday, with Whakatane and Kawerau both posting the nation's highest readings at 32 degrees. In Tauranga, the mercury climbed to 29, but with the humidity it may have seemed even warmer. Temperatures are expected to remain in the upper twenties for the next few days.

Posted: Wed 25 Nov 2009

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