Latest figures from the Public Housing Quarterly Report show there have been 57 more transitional houses made available in the Bay of Plenty during the September quarter. Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said the Government housed 72 households from the public housing waiting list. The number of transitional housing places tenanted or available in the Bay of Plenty is now 256, he said.
Armistice Day closures Some roads in Tauranga will be closed tomorrow to allow for Armistice Day commemorations. From 9am to 2pm Fraser St — between 11th Ave and 13th Ave — and 11th Ave between Fraser St and Devonport Rd (including the roundabout) — will be closed. However, mobility card holders will be allowed through the road closures. Parking restrictions and a free park and ride service will be in place to support the event. More information is available on Tauranga City Council’s website.
Tauranga Hospital pharmacist Elliot Harris and student pharmacists from Denmark, the Netherlands and Portugal won the team title at the recent 2018 International Pharmacy Students’ Federation World Congress event in Mendoza, Argentina.
Dog attack victim
A 60-year-old Opotiki woman mauled by three dogs last week remained in Tauranga Hospital’s intensive care unit in a critical but stable condition last night, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Three more cruise ships will be visiting the Port of Tauranga on Tuesday, November 13. The Majestic Princess is due to arrive at 6am and depart at 6pm the same day. The Caledonian Sky arrives at 7.03am and is scheduled to leave at 7.03pm. The third vessel, the Spirit of New Zealand, is expected to arrive at 4.03pm, and depart at 8.03am the next day.
Manuka honey talk Associate Professor Mike Clearwater from the University of Waikato, who explores the manuka plant and honey, will feature in the next University of Waikato Cafe Scientifique in Tauranga on Monday, November 19. Clearwater is leading a research project examining the biology of flowering and nectar production by ma¯nuka. His research expertise includes plant physiology and the development of flowers and fruit. Cafe Scientifique is a regular Taurangabased seminar series where anyone can explore the latest scientific thinking and research from national and international speakers. The evening will be held at Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, 90 Keith Allen Dr, doors open 6.30pm, $5 cover charge.
AIMS games expand
New sporting codes have been added to the next year’s AIMS Games in Tauranga, organisers confirmed last night. Among the new codes are mountain biking, traditional Maori ball game k¯ı-orahi, mixed division basketball and rugby and canoe racing (sprint), taking the total sporting discipline codes to 25.
Teachers to strike
Rolling strike action by Bay primary school principals and teachers will go ahead next week, the Ministry of Education confirmed. This is despite a significant pay increase offer by the minstry for members along with an an offer to provide for paid meetings to discuss the offer, the ministry said. See full story, p9