Polytech Industrial Action
The Bay of Plenty Polytechnic is behind picket lines today, as unionised instructors resume industrial action against their employers. 950 members of the Tertiary Education union, including thirty percent of the staff in Tauranga, have been without a contract since the beginning of March. TEU advocate Chan Dixon says today's walkout at six Polytechnics follows the failure of eight months of negotiation, industrial action, and mediation. Meanwhile the polytechnic is working to reschedule classes and tutorials that were caught out by today's walkout. Management say they're working to ensure there's minimum disruption to students.
Local Flight Experience not Affected by Collapse
A spokesman for Flight Experience Tauranga says they're not affected by the collapse of the Christchurch based company that manufactures the 737 flight simulator. The Flight Experience Group was put into receivership last week, owing four million dollars to its creditors. The Tauranga operation is a standalone business, not a franchise, so it's unaffected.
Rethink Urged on Four Laning Project
Bethlehem businesses and ratepayers are urging a rethink of the four laning project that's planned for State Highway 2, north of the Moffat Road roundabout. Spokesman Kelvin Gregg says it would make more sense to build a small roundabout at the northern end of Bethlehem, replace the Moffat Road roundabout with a traffic signal controlled intersection, and remove the tolls on Route K. The New Zealand Transport Agency is holding a series of public open days next week to outline the revamped design.
Guy Fawkes Looms
People are being asked to use common sense in the lead up to Guy Fawkes. Fire Service spokesman Todd O'Donohue encourages people to attend public fireworks displays instead of setting off explosions in the back yard. However, if you must, then read the fine print before you set them off. He says most of the incidents they attend involve the inappropriate use of fireworks.
Wellington to Cape Reinga… On a Bicycle
A local man is about to embark on a 17 hundred kilometre journey to raise money for the Waipuna Hospice. Grant Coley's father, Fred, suffered from terminal cancer and passed away at the hospice in April. Inspired by the care his father received in his final days, Grant Coley wants to do something in return, so he's cycling from Wellington to Cape Reinga as a fund raiser. So far he's raised more than three thousand dollars in pledges. Grant starts his ride on the 6th and hopes to reach Cape Reinga on the 20th. He'll be passing through Tauranga and coastal Bay of Plenty on the 14th and 15th. Archive photo
Arts Fest a Huge Success
Festival director Phillip Tremewan says the 2009 Tauranga Arts Festival was the best one to date. The festival ended a hugely successful run at the weekend, with more than eleven thousand tickets sold for the 35 acts, plus the thousands people who visited the World Press Photo exhibition, and enjoyed the street entertainment… bring on 2011
Tauranga 'Orange Day Parade'
Tauranga's to have its own 'Orange Day Parade', but it won't be anything like it's more notorious namesake in North Ireland. Tauranga's version is focused on school safety, and is an opportunity for the police, Council, and the public to thank the school patrols, traffic wardens, walking wardens, and bus wardens for their efforts. Today's parade begins outside Baycourt at around 10am, and will wind its way through the central city.