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Tuesday 10 November 2009

Further Talks on Leaky Buildings Proposal
A promise that any new Government package to help out owners of leaky buildings won't come at the expense of existing options. Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby and five other mayors of the affected centres, held further talks yesterday on the latest proposal. It would see the Government contributing roughly 10 percent towards the total cost of repairs. The Councils who sign up to the package would pay 25 percent of the tab, with the building owner picking up the rest. Mr Crosby says it won't replace the existing options for homeowners, but it will give them another choice

Property Values Show Slight Improvement
Property values in Tauranga crept up slowly during October. They're still 1.4 percent below the same period a year ago, but that's an improvement on September when they were 1.8 percent behind. Shane Donovan-Grammer of QV Valuations says the first two weeks of October went fairly well, but since then, sales have flattened out. He says talk of a capital gains tax is not helping investor confidence in the housing market.

34 Drink Drivers Caught
Another 34 motorists face drink driving related charges after the weekend. Among them, a 28 year old woman who crashed her car into a paddock at Pongakawa. She was clocked by police at 147 kph just prior to the crash, and was nearly three times over the legal limit for breath alcohol.

SPCA Launches Limited Edition Calendar
The Tauranga SPCA has something special for dog lovers this Christmas. They've launched a limited edition calendar, 'Spirit of the SPCA', as a fundraiser. Deb Bodger from Pet Partners came up with the idea after volunteering for the organisation several years ago. All the dogs in the calendar have SPCA connections, past or present. The calendar's launch is tied to this week's National SPCA appeal campaign, and is available from SPCA donation stations, or through the SPCA in Greerton, Holistic Pets in Fraser Street, the Whakamarama General Store, and Beach Vets in Waihi Beach.

Posted: Tue 10 Nov 2009

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