EBOP Councillor’s Death Mourned
Shockwaves through Environment BOP following the weekend death of Regional Councillor Hawea Vercoe. The 36 year old died in Whakatane early yesterday after an incident outside the Quart Bar. Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Standen says it appears some sort of fight broke out which led to his death. They're still appealing for other witnesses to come forward. Mr Vercoe was also a member of Rotorua District Council's Te Arawa Standing Committee, and he was the principal of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Rotoiti. Meanwhile police are not looking for anyone else, in connection with the death of an elderly man outside Tauranga hospital on Saturday. The death investigation is now a matter for the coroner. Pictured: Hawea Vercoe
Transport Centre Decision Looms
Tauranga's Mayor expects firm decisions on the transport centre proposals tomorrow, but he says it's turned into a political issue. Councillors attended a workshop last week to discuss the Willow Street option, and heard from more opponents. Mayor Stuart Crosby says the Willow Street option won't necessarily be scrapped. He says there are advantages and disadvantages with any option, and they have to weigh up what's best in the medium and long term.
Sand Dune Encroaching Properties Identified
Thirty properties in Papamoa have been identified as where homeowners have encroached onto the sand dunes. A coastal ranger has inspected more than 350 properties to produce the list, all of them are in the Karewa Parade area. Residents will be given deadlines for removing any structures they've put up. Council's also planning a major planting programme along the dunes.
PM Opens Controversial Marina
John Key says the long running controversy over the Whangamata Marina is a prime example of why resource management laws needed to be overhauled. The Prime Minister opened the multi-million dollar marina on Saturday, nearly 18 years after plans were first floated. The project's been the focus of a bitter court battle by various interest groups. Mr Key also dropped in to Katikati on Saturday to help launch construction of Triodent's new headquarters. The Award winning company makes specialised dental products, and exports to more than sixty countries. Pictured: John Key
Schools Get New Speed Signs
A reminder to motorists that new 40 kph variable speed zones are now in effect outside Welcome Bay and Otumoetai Primary schools. Motorists should be alert for the flashing 40 kph signs when passing through these zones before and after school.
Gold for Local Wineries
Local wineries Mills Reef and Morton Estate were among the winners at this year's Air New Zealand Wine Awards. Mills Reef Elspeth Cabernet Merlot 2007 was named Rabobank Champion Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot/Cabernet blend. Mills Reef also picking an Elite Gold for its 2007 Elspeth Syrah. Morton Estate's 2009 White Label Gewurztraminer also picked up a Gold. More than 16 hundred wines were entered in this year's competition. Pictured: Mills Reef