Top five stories for Thursday, July 24

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Fatal crash on SH2 between Omokoroa and Katikati.
Fatal crash on SH2 between Omokoroa and Katikati.

1. One dead, three in hospital after SH2 crash.

An elderly Tauranga man was killed in a three-vehicle crash today on SH2 near Apata. Three others were taken to hospital. Two escaped with minor injuries.

2. Brake pulled on free parking

Shoppers will have to wait two months for the council to decide on free parking in the city centre despite a survey showing this was a big reason why people avoided going downtown more often.

3. Maori Language Week: Top Maori boys' and girls' names

The most popular Maori baby names in 2013 were Nikau for boys and Aria for girls, the Department of Internal Affairs today confirmed.

4. Tauranga drivers to reap benefits of Fill'er up Friday

People looking to fuel up before the weekend have the chance to save 8 cents per litre at certain petrol stations.

4. More than $2000 in benefit fraud, sentenced

A Tauranga sickness beneficiary who admitted $2023.15 worth of benefit fraud has been sentenced to 100 hours' community work and ordered to pay full reparation.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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