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December 2012

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Jet ski safety focus for Rotorua Lakes this summer

Thursday, 27 December 2012 9:00 a.m.

Speeding jet skis and boats have not made a good start to the summer on Rotorua's lakes. "So far the general behaviour has not been good," says Bay of Plenty Regional Co...

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Jet ski safety focus for Bay of Plenty Summer

Monday, 24 December 2012 8:00 a.m.

Whitewater kayaking requires nerves of steel but Olympian Luuka Jones is the first to admit she gets nervous when she's kayaking in the presence of jet skis. Just as she...

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Former deputy PM appointed to Bay of Connections

Friday, 21 December 2012 1:30 p.m.

Former Deputy Prime Minister, Sir Michael Cullen is one of two new appointments to the Bay of Connections Governance Group. He will represent the Eastern Bay of Plenty econ...

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Companies fined for pollution offences

Friday, 21 December 2012 10:00 a.m.

A Waikato demolition company and a Matakana Island dairy farmer were fined a total of more than $70,000 in the Tauranga District Court yesterday on pollution charges in two...

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Regional Council searching for mooring owners

Wednesday, 19 December 2012 12:30 p.m.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is surveying Rotorua lakes during the next few months to find out who owns hundreds of moorings. Most moorings on the Rotorua Lakes don't h...

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November bus passenger numbers hit record high

Wednesday, 19 December 2012 9:00 a.m.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Tauranga Bayhopper buses carried a record number of passengers in the month of November this year. A total of 165,294 passenger trips were ...

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Work to identify link with volunteers

Monday, 17 December 2012 3:00 p.m.

The ways in which the region's volunteers can help Bay of Plenty Regional Council achieve its council outcomes are to be investigated early next year. Following a number...

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2012 snapshot

Monday, 17 December 2012 10:00 a.m.

2012 was a busy year for Regional Council. See below for a snapshot of what we were busy doing. Click on each image for more information about the subject. ...

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New life for old lab equipment

Wednesday, 12 December 2012 2:00 p.m.

Old lab equipment which has passed its use-by date is getting a new lease of life in Whakatane schools. Bay of Plenty Regional Council has passed on laboratory equipmen...

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Silver acknowledgements for civil defence service

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 12:30 p.m.

Outstanding leadership and moral courage were just two of the attributes acknowledged by Minister of Civil Defence Hon Chris Tremain when awarding two Bay of Plenty recipie...

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Orchard cones warn youngsters of spray danger

Monday, 10 December 2012 8:00 a.m.

Specially designed cones that warn children of spraying in orchards have proved a hit with the Te Puna community. The idea of placing warning cones for children near ki...

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Strong future projected for Port of Tauranga

Friday, 7 December 2012 10:00 a.m.

The Port of Tauranga is well-placed to accommodate future demand and growth according to a report released this week on the upper North Island ports. The ports study, wh...


Wallabies are pests not pets

Thursday, 6 December 2012 2:00 p.m.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council staff are concerned some residents may be treating Dama wallabies as pets instead of pests. Wallabies destroy native bush by feeding on se...

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Groups encouraged to start applications

Tuesday, 4 December 2012 9:00 a.m.

Businesses and organisations looking to apply to the Regional Infrastructure Fund should already have made a start on putting their applications together according to Bay o...

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Opotiki farmers fined for effluent discharges

Monday, 3 December 2012 7:45 a.m.

Opotiki dairy farmers Riverlock Farms Limited, and directors Ian Brown and Geoffrey Brown, have been fined a total of $74,000 plus costs on charges brought by Bay of Plenty Reg...