Police Name Man Hit by Train
Police have named the 30 year old Greerton man who died when hit by a train on Monday night. He was Gareth Shannon Elijah Sullivan Hotham.The incident happened as the man was crossing the tracks at Colins Lane near Te Puke. It appears the victim didn't hear, or see the train approaching. The death has been referred to the coroner.
Landmark Win for EBOP
Environment BOP has won a landmark ruling in a case involving the prosecution of a company that it says is guilty of breaches under the Resource Management Act. District Court judge Jeff Smith has ruled that convictions can be recorded against parties found guilty of such breaches. He also reaffirmed that the decision to prosecute, or issue infringement notices lies with regional councils or other relevant local authorities. The case centres on one of the country's largest forestry management consultancies, PF Olsen Limited. The alleged breach concerns a forestry operation in the Waiotahe Forest near Opotiki.
Opotiki Murder Trial Continues
The trial of two teenage girls accused of murdering a retired Opotiki school teacher continues at the High Court in Rotorua today. 18 year old Courtney Churchward and a 15 year old girl who cannot be named, are accused of bashing 78 year old John Rowe to death at his Opotiki home in November of last year. The trial is expected to last two weeks. Pictured: Murder victim John Rowe
Transport Centre in Spotlight Again
There's another meeting this week to bring councillors up to speed on the transport centre proposal. Council has obtained Transport Agency funding to help pay for the option in Willow Street, however the decision remains controversial, with many still pushing for the Durham Street option, or looking for a third, if one can be found. A final decision is expected early next week.
Smokers Told to Butt Out - Elsewhere
Locals and visitors to the city are being told to butt out somewhere else, or at least use an ashtray. It's estimated that as many as 60 thousand cigarette butts a day end up littering Tauranga streets, with most eventually ending up in our waterways and harbour. That's a staggering four tonnes of cigarette butts each year!
Shareholders to Vote on Huka Pak Sale
A majority of shareholders at Huka Pak are expected to approve the sale of their Mount Maunganui based company to Seeka Kiwifruit Industries when they vote on the offer next week. The deal would increase Seeka's direct processing capacity to 26 million trays of kiwifruit.
Door to Door Salesmen Given the Heave-ho
Two door to door salesmen have been asked to leave town after one of them tried to force their way into a home in Gate Pa. The alarmed homeowner dialed triple one and police were on the scene in minutes, locating both gentlemen soon afterwards. A call to an Auckland business confirmed the men were legitimate salesmen, but probably not the best ambassadors for the company. The pair were down from Auckland, trying to get people to sign contracts for water filter cooler machines.