The Givealittle page for the Ruamoana Walkway steps is closing soon.
A big thank you to all who have contributed so generously to help pay our $8,000 share of the replacement steps down to the beach.
With a summer like this, the steps have had a lot of use. More than $2,000 has been contributed. This Givealittle page closes in just three days on the 20th February.
If you have been meaning to give and haven’t quite got around to it, the households at 23 to 25 Ruamoana Place who have funded these steps would be extremely grateful for your contribution. Follow the link below.
The Ruamoana Walkway at Omokoroa is re-opening soon. Replacement steps to the beach have been included - help pay our $8,000 share please. - Givealittle is the place to donate and fundraise for causes and charities online.
There's a new Atrium Gallery, art space and shop at the Black Sheep Restaurant in Whakamarama - opening this Saturday 16th February. It's a boutique retail space within the large cafe on Plummers Point Road. It'll be a great day on Saturday - featuring the music of Les Robinson. Thanks to ARTbop for these photos. ... See MoreSee Less
Motorists are being reminded to plan their travel this anniversary weekend as the Waikato and Bay of Plenty Regions are hosting a large number of scheduled public events.
Events include two international one-day cricket matches in Tauranga, the Hamilton Sevens, and the Cambridge Town Cup Rowing Regatta.
NZTA's Bay of Plenty systems manager, Rob Campbell, expects roads to be busy all weekend, not just at traditional peak travelling times.
“We recommend people take note of these events, plan to allow plenty of time for their journeys, and drive to the conditions," he says.
Other events this weekend:
Huntly Speedway on Saturday 26th January. Festival One at Mystery Creek, Hamilton on Friday 25th to Monday 28th January. Fat Boy Slim at Claudelands Arena on Friday evening 25th January. HSBC NZ Sevens are being held at FMG Stadium in Hamilton from Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th January. NZ Cycle Classic at various locations around Cambridge and Te Awamutu from Wednesday 23rd to Sunday 27th January. Cambridge Town Cup rowing regatta from Friday 25th to Monday 28th January at Lake Karapiro. Whitianga Waterways Summer Concert is being held on Sunday 27th January at Waterways Arena. Hydro Thunder in Taupō from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th January. Taupō Summer Concert at the Taupō Amphitheatre on Saturday 26th January. One Love Festival at Tauranga Domain on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January. Two one day cricket matches Black Caps vs India one Saturday 26th January and Monday 28th January.
NZTA has a traffic website, journey planner, Facebook page and Twitter service. See nzta.govt.nz/traffic or call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49). ... See MoreSee Less
The glass recycling bins at FreshChoice Ōmokoroa and Challenge Ōmokoroa will remain, according to supermarket owner/operator Steve Ling.
He's today met Waste Management's general manager for the lower North Island, David Howie.
Waste Management was proposing to charge Fresh Choice more than $2,000 per week and Challenge around $1,200 per week for the collection and disposal of the glass from February. The bins were installed last year as a replacement for household-funded kerbside glass recycling.
Steve Ling thanks everyone who has helped achieve today's positive outcome and says it's a magnificent achievement for the local community.
Part of Panepane Wharf on Matakana Island has been removed from use for safety work, due to the failure of two piles causing a section of the wharf to slump.
It happened just before Christmas. Temporary measures have been put in place to protect wharf users.
The District Council has arranged for contractors to securely fence the damaged part of the wharf, which should be completed by the end of next week.
Boat passengers will still be able to use the wharf, which Council says is being regularly monitored to ensure public safety.
Wharf users are asked to avoid the danger area, and vehicles are prohibited from driving on the wharf.
Council says it will carry out a detailed condition inspection of the structure to gain a better understanding about its remaining life so that decisions can be made about repair or replacement of the wharf. ... See MoreSee Less
Two men are due in court this week charged with assault, in relation to the ongoing investigation of the death of a 22-year-old man on Matakana Island.
Freedom Taikato died on New Year's Day.
Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Rawlinson says a 23-year-old and a 59-year-old have been arrested and are reappearing in Tauranga District Court on Thursday 17th January, separately charged with common assault.
The investigation into Mr Taikato's death is continuing, based in Tauranga and periodically on Matakana Island.
Craig Rawlinson says Police cannot comment further at this stage as the matter is before the courts. ... See MoreSee Less
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