Big Investment in Kiwifruit Development
Zespri and the Government have just announced a 35.7 million dollar investment towards research and development of new kiwifruit varieties. Zespri Chief Executive Lain Jager says it's a seven year investment. The Foundation for Research, Science and Technology will contribute just over 15 million dollars to the project, with Zespri kicking in the rest.
Motorcyclists Rally Against ACC
More than a thousand motorcyclists took their ACC protest to the streets of downtown Tauranga on Saturday. Bikers say the proposed levies are too high. Local National MP Simon Bridges met them in Grey Street, and admits they have a point. He encouraged all those at the rally to send submissions to the ACC board on what they think should happen.
Busy Weekend for Police
Police made 47 arrests on Friday and Saturday nights, including 14 who allegedly took part in a drunken fight along The Strand. And a 37 year old man is charged with assaulting a woman and a child at a Cambridge Road address.
Men Face Charges after McDonalds Altercation
Two young men face charges after complaining about their food. One walked up to the drive thru window at the Papamoa McDonalds and allegedly tried to drag the 16 year old attendant out through the window. That was after the employee had pointed out that the men were complaining about Chinese takeaways, not hamburgers. Police charged the man with assault, and also with being in possession of a large knife. His colleague is accused of trying to steal a car from the restaurant parking lot.
New Lifeguards for the Bay
47 new lifeguards passed their qualifications on Sunday, and also took time out to assist police and others in a search for a 10 year old boy at Omanu. No rescues as such, but there were several medical interventions, including a young girl who suffered a suspected spinal injury.
Property Valuations this Week
Tauranga householders will get a firm indication this week, of how big an impact the recession's had on their property values. Property owners who take issue with the new valuation can have it reassessed by Council staff early next year. The Council valuations are used to calculate the rates owed, and shouldn't be confused with real estate market value.
Farmer Motor Group Supreme Business of the Year
Congratulations to The Farmer Motor Group which has scooped the top prize at this year's Westpac Tauranga Business Awards, for development of the Farmer Auto Village Xtreme in Hewletts Road. Other winners included the Waipuna Hospice, and Bill Holland of Holland Beckett, who was named Business Leader of the Year.