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Bed­lam on roads

Traf­fic vol­umes caused bed­lam for Katikati folk over the Christ­mas/ New Year pe­riod. Those ven­tur­ing to Tau­ranga waited in queues as far back as Te Puna to get into the city and then crawl back to Katikati in a line of traf­fic backed up to past Forta Leza. At the north­ern end traf­fic was backed up to the Waihi Beach turnoff.

Satel­lite dis­play

A strange light thought to be a satel­lite en­thralled sky watch­ers across the district around 8.30 on Satur­day night. The fast mov­ing light was seen at Waihi, over Katikati and Tau­ranga and from Whangarei to Nel­son. Ac­cord­ing to a lead­ing space ex­pert the ob­ject was al­most cer­tainly the re­mains of an out-of con­trol Rus­sian mis­sile de­fence satel­lite.

Li­brary ac­tiv­ity

There is plenty on at West­ern Bay li­braries over sum­mer. In this year’s sum­mer read­ing pro­gramme at The Cen­tre - Patuki Manawa in Katikati, pri­mary school-aged chil­dren are in­vited once again to join the Bob Squad and learn about the en­vi­ron­ment and ways that we can pro­tect it. Regis­ter at any of West­ern Bay li­braries.

Walk­ing guide out

West­ern Bay of Plenty District Coun­cil has pro­duced an up­dated

for tram­pers and vis­i­tors. The guide will take vis­i­tors and lo­cals to some beau­ti­ful places around the West­ern Bay in­clud­ing DOC tracks and Coun­cil re­serves and parks. Copies are $5 and avail­able from the Arts Junc­tion in main­street or on­line.

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