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Thursday 19 November 2009

Cr's 'No' to Diesel-Spewing' Buses
City centres are for people, not diesel-spewing coaches. Councillor Murray Guy is taking a hard line ahead of todays workshop on the bus centre proposed for downtown Tauranga. Murray Guy says he'll seek a resolution to remove Willow Street as a possible site for the transport centre. He says 'large, diesel-spewing coaches are not people-friendly, cancer-causing, and anti inner-city amenity values.' Murray Guy notes that today is a workshop only, and he'd have to put a resolution on the transport centre to a future council meeting. Murray Guy claims the city can't afford the transport centre and doesn’t need it, and its time to take a deep breath for further thought on the matter. Pictured: Murray Guy

Tagging Warning for 'Tattoo Teaser'
A Tauranga man setting up a tattoo removal business is a little ironically, in hot water for tagging. Johnie Webster is launching a laser tattoo removal clinic, and used a spray on chalk system to put the company name, Invisible Ink, on local footpaths and public places. He says the chalk washes off but the council deemed it tagging, and gave a deadline to remove it. He says they'd have faced a big bill for council contractors to remove the writing and rushed around with a pressure cleaner to remove the markings. He admits to feeling like 'wally of the week.'

Tax Man Owes BOP Workers 37m
Does the tax man owe you money? A local firm's calculated that Bay of Plenty workers are owed more than 37 million dollars in unclaimed tax refunds. NZ Tax Refunds says the money will be kept by IRD unless it's claimed within five years. Managing Director Cilla Hegarty says it averages just over $300 per person waiting to be claimed. People can register on their company website to check if they're owned a refund and no fee is charged for most standard claims. She says NZ Tax Refunds is also recommending people who have recently joined the ranks of the unemployed to check for a tax credit.

Health Job for Ex-CEO
Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced the appointment of Jeff Williams to the Bay of Plenty District Health Board, where he'll have the job of Deputy Chairman. The former Trustpower CEO replaces Graeme Horsley, who stepped down last month. Tony Ryall says Mr Williams has a broad range of governance and management experience. Jeff Williams is a current director of natural health products company Comvita and and a former director of WEL Networks.

Summer Jobs - Yes Please
Nice work if you can get it, cruising the beach and city areas and chatting to folks. Not surprisingly, more than 200 people have applied for the council's ten Summer Ambassador jobs. The Summer Ambassadors, usually students, operate from the Mount Beach Base, roaming local beaches and business districts, helping visitors with information on local events, liquor bans, and the like. The roaming patrols start on the 19th of December.

Posted: Thu 19 Nov 2009

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