20-Something Female Nabbed on Cellphone
A woman in her twenties has become the first local to be booked using a cellphone at the wheel. She was caught at traffic lights on Tuesday, talking on her phone. Traffic Chief Ian Campion says she admitted knowing about the new law, and a ticket was issued. But he's very pleased with a high level of compliance from motorists in general, saying reducing the potential for crashes is what this new law is all about. Ian Campion also points to the number of people who appear to have bought hands free devices, and praises a local company that’s issued instructions to staff to turn their cellphones off in the firm's vehicles. Archive Photo
Hopping on the Hopper - New Record
Bus use has soared to another high locally. The Bay Hopper has set a new record of more than 112 thousand passenger rides last month. Passenger numbers have now risen for four months in a row. Environment Bay of Plenty Transport Committee Chairman Andrew von Dadelszen says a highlight was the three Papamoa routes that recorded more than 33 thousand passenger rides.
Open Day on Hairini Measures
Tauranga people are being invited to an open day on the Hairini Link Project, and coming moves to improve the key transport link. The open day will be held next Thursday, the 12th. Planned improvements include changes to the Fraser Street and 15th Avenue intersection, and new pedestrian and cycle crossings at Burrows Street, and the Maungatapu roundabout. NZ Transport Agency Regional Director Harry Wilson says the project team has focused on improvements that that will help children get to and from school more safely. The long-term goal of the Hairini Link project is to widen 15th Avenue, Turret Road and Hairini Bridge, and provide further improvements at the signalised roundabouts at Maungatapu and Hairini.
Firms in Awards Wait
An anxious wait for some local businesses... the winners of the Westpac Tauranga Business Awards are to be announced this evening. The gala awards ceremony is on at Baypark, with hundreds of people expected. There were 35 entries, up on the previous year in spite of the recession. And organiser Anne Pankhurst says the companies entered represent a really good cross section of the local business sector.
'Great Sausies' in Greerton
A local butcher has been recognised for his black pudding in The Great New Zealand Sausage Competition. David Pinkerton of Tauranga's Greerton Quality Meats won a bronze medal for his black pudding. He says it's a family recipe passed down from his grandmother but comes down to quality ingredients, which he says makes a quality product. David Pinkerton says while he's stoked with a bronze medal, he'll definitely be entering again next year.