PM to Launch Award Winning Firm's New HQ
Prime Minister John Key's to visit Katikati tomorrow, to launch construction of a Katikati firm's planned new Innovation Centre. Award winning company Triodent makes specialised in products used by dentists. The company has gone from one staff member in 2003, to more than 70 people, selling to more than 60 countries. CEO and founder Dr Simon McDonald says their new innovation centre, to be built next year, is a coup for the company, and he's delighted the Prime Minister's coming to celebrate the start of the project. The new centre will consolidate Triodent's staff, who are spread over four locations, into one site. Pictured: Prime Minister John Key
Positive Signs for BOP Economy
There's some encouraging signs for the Bay of Plenty in a new survey just out. The National Bank's regional trends survey points to a rebound in commercial construction, up 12 percent in the September quarter. And up from a 17 year low in June. The survey also points to the residential market picking up momentum, with a big drop in the number of days it takes to sell a house. On the negative side, the report notes the Bay's unemployment level rising to a seven year high of over 7 percent.
No Decision on Transport Centre
Contentious plans for a transport centre in Willow Street are yet to be formally dumped, but it looks likely. Councillors considered the issue for more than three hours yesterday, hearing 7 submissions from retailers and Mainstreet, and others. The issue will go to a council meeting next Tuesday, when a decision is expected. Mayor Stuart Crosby emphasised they'd heard a lot of new information, including that the centre would involved 9 bus stop areas, for different types of buses.
Dioxin Found on BOP Coast
Traces of the highly toxic chemical dioxin have been found in mud from a lagoon on the Bay of Plenty coast. Environment Bay of Plenty says it's tested black sediment from the Matata Lagoon, which was accidentally exposed last month. The regional council says the sample tested positive for dioxin, in line with earlier findings, but the levels don't present a direct concern. The council's Water Management head Eddie Grogan says the black sediment can be safely exposed, and isn't a risk if placed on dry ground. But as a precaution, excavated material will be covered by clean soil. Eddie Grogan say they want to allay any residents' concerns, and give assurances of working closely with the District Council as the works continue.