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
Residents who have already objected to a planned pokie tavern in Omokoroa have until next Monday 14th January to advise the District Licensing Committee if they wish to be heard.
A hearing, open to the public, is due to be held at WBoPDC's Barkes Corner head office on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th January with a reserve day of Thursday 31st January, due to a large number of objectors potentially wanting to speak in support of their objections.
Those who signed a hurriedly-organised local petition are unable to speak to their objection. As I agreed to write the petition text at an informal meeting of Community Board attendees, I will request to talk to the committee about the petition submission.
Last year the District Council approved construction of a shed-style building at 168 Omokoroa Road, next to the medical complex and residential properties at the Victoria Key development.
Detailed architectural plans included a square TAB room with TV screens and a separate long, narrow room containing nine pokie machines.
KLM Enterprises subsequently dropped the word "Tavern" from the name of the proposed "Locals Bar and Eatery". Lawyer Grant Hewison, recently engaged by Omokoroans, says a report from the Alcohol Inspector concluded the original application seemed to be for a tavern.
The applicant's lawyer denies a TAB was ever proposed but says no firm decision has been made about gaming machines in the future.
Mr Hewison (pictured on screen) has requested a preliminary hearing on the basis that new evidence to hand has not been considered by the committee, such as Omokoroa Super Liquor's licence suspension in September 2016 for selling to a minor. The businesses share a director.
Residents may wish to ask the Council to review its policy on gambling and to consider making gambling a discretionary activity, rather than a permitted activity in a commercial zone, under the District Plan.
Existing submitters can email the DLC at the following address, email@example.com
A post mortem examination has been completed on the 22-year-old man who died on Matakana Island on New Year’s Day.
As a result, Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Rawlinson of Tauranga Police says the death has been upgraded to a homicide investigation.
Police will not be releasing details of the cause of death at this time, but say they will be in a position to release the victim’s name in the coming days once all family have been advised.
Police would like any person who was present at the temporary camping ground on Matakana Point Road on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to make contact with Tauranga Police on 07 577 4300 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. ... See MoreSee Less
***We have found Pete and Cathy!! Thanks for sharing! Still wanting to find Graeme and the man who called emergency services****
We are trying to find Pete and Cath...this couple pulled our son, Ephram, from the water at Omokoroa on Boxing day. Please help us find them.
We also want to find Graeme who came around the Point to help us, and the man who called emergency services (he was wearing a bucket-type hat). Please share!!
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