Three people were arrested in Welcome Bay following a robbery which resulted in road spikes being laid yesterday. Police were called just after 6am about a vehicle on State Highway 29, believed to be related to the robbery. The vehicle reportedly travelled toward Tauriko, then down Takitimu Drive toward Mount Maunganui, then to the Sandhurst Drive area of Pa¯pa¯moa. Police followed sightings of the vehicle into Welcome Bay and laid road spikes but the vehicle was abandoned in Tye Park.
232 on Santa Run
A record crowd took part in the Great New Zealand Santa Run around Mauao on Wednesday evening. Dan Allen-Gordon from The Graeme Dingle Foundation, which will benefit from funds raised in the event, said 232 people took part, all dressed in Santa Claus costumes. He said the old record was 220 runners. The charity was yet to find out how much had been raised.
Maketu fire probe
Fire investigators are investigating a house fire in Maketu. Firefighters were called to the house on Church Rd, which was well alight when crews arrived. The initial call came in at 3.37am. There was no one in the house at the time and three fire crews attended.
Marine research plan Tauranga residents are being encouraged to make a submission on the proposal for a long-term lease on land at the northern end of Sulphur Point to enable the University of Waikato to establish a marine research and educational facility. Submissions must be made by December 14.
No cruise shuttle subsidy Tauranga City Council has decided not to subsidise a free or discounted shuttle bus service to bring cruise ship passengers to the city centre. The council will, however, bring forward its planned investigation into introducing park and ride facilities to Tauranga to next year.
Christmas mail dates
New Zealand Post is advising of deadline dates for people sending mail in time for Christmas. The deadline for standard post, standard parcel and tracked parcels is December 18. The deadline for courier parcel, courier and signature parcel is December 21. International courier deadline is December 12 for Australia, December 10 for South Pacific, Asia, North America, UK and Europe, and December 7 for the rest of the world.
Swim safety video
Surf Life Saving New Zealand, New Zealand Police and Swimming New Zealand have launched a safety video encouraging swimmers “if in doubt, stay out”. Last year 92 people drowned in New Zealand waterways, a figure the groups want to reduce. The groups also encourage swimmers talk to surf lifeguards, pool lifeguards or police to know the things to be aware of any particular location as each place is unique. To view the video, people can visit the Surf Life Saving New Zealand Facebook page.
Iwi offers $4m
Nga¯i Te Rangi has offered $4 million towards Tauranga’s new iSite. Tauranga City Council chief executive Marty Grenfell has accepted an invitation from the iwi to discuss the proposal. Nga¯i Te Rangi chief executive Paul Stanley asked to meet with Grenfell alone. The council has already agreed to contribute $4 million to build a visitor information centre at the proposed site of 10 Salisbury Ave.