Man Faces Assault Charges
A domestic incident overnight, where a man's alleged to have assaulted a woman using a bread board, and made threats with a machete. The confrontation happened at a Matapihi Road house just after midnight. The armed offenders squad turned out and arrested a 34 year old freezing worker who faces charges including assault with a weapon and threatening to kill.
Suspected Drug Dealer Caught
Tauranga police nabbed a suspected drug dealer at a drink drive checkpoint in Welcome Bay at the weekend. Officers noted that the 33 year old man reeked of cannabis, however he passed the impairment test. But a search of the vehicle and his passenger revealed the source of the smell. A large amount of cannabis was located in the car, along with a small amount of powder, suspected to be methamphetamine. There were also items and utensils used to manufacture drugs.
Rescue Chopper Saves Stranded Fisherman
The TrustPower TECT Rescue Helicopter went to the aid of a stranded fisherman at the weekend. However the angler wasn't out at sea, he was stuck up a cliff face near Whakatane. The 19 year old man from Taupo had been caught by the incoming tide and had to scramble up the rocks. Using his cell phone, he asked a friend to alert the authorities. Soon afterwards he was spotted by the Whakatane coastguard, who called in the rescue chopper for assistance. The man was lowered to the coastguard vessel by the helicopter's long line, none the worse for wear.
Bethlehem Retailers Mull Options
Retailers are considering their options after last week's public information days on the planned four laning at Bethlehem. The New Zealand Transport Agency says most of the people who attended were positive, or neutral about what was being planned. But that doesn't wash with Four Square owner Kelvin Gregg. He questions the results, saying the agency mounted a huge publicity campaign to change people's attitude.
Property Market: Sales Down, Prices Up
The Real Estate Institute says house sales in Tauranga were down last month, compared to September, but prices were up. The median sales price in Tauranga was 395 thousand dollars last month. It was a bit pricier across the bridge, at 422 thousand dollars in Mount Maunganui and Papamoa, while the median house price in the Western Bay District was pegged at 358 thousand dollars.
Awards for Local Builders
Two local firms received recognition at the Registered Master Builders 2009 Awards, announced in Auckland at the weekend. Kuriger Builders won the PlaceMakers Renovation under 250 thousand dollars category for a property in Tauranga, while Harwood Homes won the James Hardie Show Home Award for the a property in The Lakes sub-division.
Early Morning Bush Fire Averted
Luck played a big role in averting a major bush fire in the Kaimais early yesterday. The fire was first spotted by Katikati volunteer firefighter Gavin Amrein, who awoke by chance at around 4.30 Sunday morning, saw a glow in the sky and then heard several explosions. It appears someone had set fire to a vehicle at the Lindeman Road lookout. The flames had already consumed a small area of bush, by the time firefighters arrived. Gavin Amrein says if they had turned up half an hour later, they would have probably needed a helicopter and monsoon bucket to put out the blaze. Police are investigating.