Local digest: works, library, fundraiser, careers

Work starts on track

Maintenance has started on the "steps" track (Waikorire Track) to the summit of Mauao. Contractors will be resurfacing the track over the next two weeks. They will keep the track open as much as possible but there will be times when it needs to be closed while they are working. The Oruahine Track will remain open throughout.

Advice at library

A Justice of the Peace will now be available every Friday afternoon from midday to 2pm in the Okahukura Meeting Room at Tauranga City Library. Also at the library genealogists Heather McLean and Billie Carpenter will be available to help people with their New Zealand genealogical research each Friday in August. They will be available upstairs in the research area between 1.30pm and 4pm.

Cancer funds raised

Staff and students at Tahatai Coast School raised more than $1000 for student Logan Alison, who was diagnosed with cancer last month. The school held a mufti day with the theme of Dream To Be, which coincided with a current campaign by Child Cancer. Principal Jenny Griggs said she was thrilled with the amount of money raised, which would be donated to Logan.

Scholarship invite

The Rotary Club of Papamoa are inviting Western Bay students to apply for a scholarship to study in Georgia, USA. The scholarship will take place from August 2013 to May 2014 and is open to students aged 18 to 24 years. It will pay for tuition, books, meals and accommodation at a University hostel. The scholarship was created to promote international goodwill through bonds of friendship and understanding between students of different countries. Those interested in applying for the scholarship need to contact Doug Kingsford from the Papamoa Rotary Club before August 15, on 5447327 or doug.kingsford@xtra.co.nz

Vehicle donation

TrustPower has donated a vehicle to the Mount Maunganui Community Patrol (MMCP). The donated vehicle was an ex-meter reader. The MMCP is made up of about 30 regular members who help to reduce crime and promote safer communities. Pictured are MMCP treasurer Maureen Forbes (left), MMCP chairman George Pocock, TrustPower chief executive Vince Hawksworth, MMCP coordinator Alan Forbes, Jill King and Suzi Luff of TrustPower.

Careers evening

Students who are considering whether to pursue a career in engineering are invited to a careers evening, hosted by the University of Auckland. The careers evening will be held in the Washington Room at Hotel Armitage in Tauranga from 6.30-8.30pm on August 6. Year 12 and 13 students will be able to talk to University staff about what the four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree entails, how to apply, financial support options, and what it's like to live and study in Auckland. Students can register to attend online at www.engineering.auckland.ac.nz/efe or email foe-events@auckland.ac.nz for more information.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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