Girl Run Over in Driveway
A 21 month old girl is the second infant in as many days to be injured by a motorist backing out of a driveway. The girl suffered serious head injuries when she was run over by a car exiting the driveway of a Köhanga Reo at a marae near Bowentown. The incident happened shortly after eight yesterday morning. The girl is now in Tauranga Hospital. Police warn motorists to take your time when backing up, check your mirrors, and if in doubt, check it out, even if means exiting your vehicle.
Bureta Hearings Set to Begin
A controversial development proposal for the Bureta Park Motor Inn goes to a public hearing this week. The scheme would include six multi-story buildings housing a total of 86 residential units, a wholesale-retail liquor shop, a restaurant/bar, nine retail shops, landscaping, parking, and require the removal of 18 registered trees. Of the 39 submitters, 36 oppose the proposal. The hearings, which begin tomorrow, are expected to last two days.
Polytech Protest to Continue
Industrial action is expected to continue today at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. Thirty percent of the teaching staff walked off the job yesterday protesting the lack of progress in contract talks. Eight months of negotiations between the Tertiary Education Union and six polytechnics around the country have stalled, despite two further days of mediation. Polytechnic management is working with the other teaching staff to ensure there's minimum disruption to classes. PSA members employed by the Ministry of Justice were also off the job yesterday. They held a work stoppage at the Tauranga Courthouse in the afternoon in support of pay claims.
Bank Staff Volunteer for Community Projects
BNZ bank branches across the Bay are 'closed for good today'. It's part of a nationwide campaign to help local communities. Local bank staff will volunteer their services for the day on community projects. Although the bank branches will be closed today, you can still access the ATM’s, internet banking, and telephone customer services.
Election Campaign Signage Rule Change
Tauranga's now off limits for local body candidates who aren't standing in Tauranga, for either the Council or Environment BOP. The issue is campaign signage. During the recent by-election in neighbouring Western Bay, candidates placed campaign signage within city boundaries. That's no longer allowed. The next local body election is set for October 2010.