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Friday 13 November 2009

3 Face Petrol Bomb Charges
Three men are facing serious charges after a suspected petrol bomb exploded near a child care centre. Police say the small explosion happened around 3.30 in Kauri Street at Gate Pa. It’s believed to have been produced by a milk bottle filled with petrol. The three, two aged 20 and the third 22 years old, are charged with having a restricted weapon.

Spring Jump in House Prices
There's been a big spring surge in the price of houses across the Western Bay. The median price has risen by more than 40 thousand dollars, both in central Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. The Real Estate Institute's figures for the month of October show fewer houses were sold than the month before, but sellers got higher prices. The biggest jump was at the Mount where the median sale price rose to 422 thousand dollars. The institute says the steady return of property values is a positive sign.

'Unaffordable' Local Housing Under Scrutiny
Tauranga has a serious shortage of affordable houses, so should the council intervene? That's one of the questions posed in a new council report on local Housing Stocks and Demand. The report points to a number of issues, including declining affordability due to a shortage of houses costing under $400,000. The report notes that nearly 65% of households in Tauranga have an income of $70,000 or less. And it quotes from a recent international affordability survey, which rated Tauranga as 'severely unaffordable,' and the worst of eight New Zealand cities surveyed. The report goes to council next week, and poses the question of the council should take a leadership role in the housing market.

Appeal on Street Robbery
Tauranga Police have launched a fresh appeal for witnesses to a street robbery, that left an elderly woman with facial and other injuries. The attack happened on the 29th of October on Cameron Road near St Mary's Church, just after four o’clock in the afternoon. Detective Darren Nicholas says the woman's bag was snatched by the offender, who got away in a car parked nearby. He says the car which sped off down 1st Ave, is believed to have 'T' and 'D' in the number plate.

Police Seek Leads on Flasher
Police have also appealed for help in tracking down a man who exposed himself to two ten year old girls. The incident happened on the corner of Otumoetai and Grange Roads about 3.30 Wednesday afternoon. Senior Sergeant Glen Saunders says the man's described as being of a fat build, with a goatee, wearing a grey hoodie and glasses. He says the man's actions are extremely concerning, and Police want to hear from anyone who might be able to identify the man.

Comvita Buzzing on Healthy Profit
They're buzzing out at the local firm that specialises in bee and honey products. Paengaroa company Comvita has reported a rise in profits to $1.6 million, for the six months ending in September. Sales increased 27%, and were especially strong in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Chief Executive Brent Hewlett says the natural health products market generally escaped any major impact from the downturn.

Posted: Fri 13 Nov 2009

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