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Thursday 12 November 2009

Leaky Homes Plan Will 'Send Councils Broke'
Tauranga developer Bob Clarkson is warning the Government's formula for tackling the leaky homes issue will send councils broke. As a National MP, Bob Clarkson spent three years working on the issue. He says the system for handling claims needs to be fixed first, and the Weathertight homes service scrapped. Bob Clarkson refers to the case of Cuttter's Cove at Mount Maunganui, where 9 or 10 million was spent on revamping the building. He questions whether 'the poor old Tauranga City Council is going to be stuck with 26 percent of ten million' under the proposed formula. The former Tauranga MP favours scrapping the Weathertight Homes service for a start, because it was costing $100,000 a home. He says consultants should be put in charge of individual houses, on a fixed fee to sort that house out. Pictured: Bob Clarkson

$2m-Plus for Local Schools
Three schools in the Western Bay are about to get new or upgraded buildings, thanks to additional funding announced by the Government. Education Minister Anne Tolley says the $2 million-plus is in addition to each school's budget to modernise buildings. Te Puke High School will receive $1.9 million dollars, Selwyn Ridge High School $123,000, and Matua School $232,000. Mrs Tolley says she is delighted the selected schools will now be able to meet the needs of their growing rolls by upgrading facilities.

Crash Victim 'Wanted Man'
A man who crashed into a house at Papamoa found himself arrested when it turned out he was wanted by Auckland police. The crash happened shortly after one o’clock yesterday afternoon, in Papamoa Beach Road. Police say the car plowed into a house leaving the driver trapped briefly before he freed himself, and no one else was injured. The 39 year old was arrested when police found he'd failed to appear in court last week.

Missing Man Found
An elderly Whangamata man missing from his home since early yesterday morning has been found. Search teams found 82 year old Jack Cribb about a kilometre from his home at a retirement village last night. He was in a disoriented state and was taken to a medical centre for a check up before returning home. Police say they're grateful for the assistance of local residents who helped search.

Plenty of Flavour - the Winners
The winners of a new restaurant competition, Plenty of Flavour, have been unveiled. The contest ran for six weeks during September and October. Twelve of the Bay’s best known restaurants created dishes inspired by local ingredients. Competition ambassador Peter Blakeway says Small Fish, Tay Street Beach Café and Mount Bistro outshone some very strong competition to take out the honours. He says increasingly, people want to know where their food is coming from, and this competition has raised the profile of the quality food and beverages produced right here in the Bay. Pictured: Tay Street Beach Café

World Beating Chocolate Log
An attempt today in the Bay of Plenty on a rather unusual world record. New World Whakatane is attempting the Guinness World Record for the longest Chocolate Log, 50 metres long. The giant cake will be sold off slice by slice in support of CanTeen. New World Whakatane Store Operations Manager Rosemary Sloman says they were trying to think of things they could do to raise money to help send some CanTeen members on a leadership programme. When she registered the attempt with Guinness World Records, she was told the current record for a chocolate log is 10 metres. Local businesses are coming to the party with Bakels donating ingredients, Blueberry Corner giving the strawberries to garnish the cake, and The Pink Plumbing Shop contributing the white nylon guttering that will be used to help create it.

Posted: Thu 12 Nov 2009

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