This week's most read stories included the court appearance of high-profile music producers, a creep taking photos of women on Mauao, and the farewell of one of Tauranga's longest-serving retailers.


1. Hip-hop music producers face sex charges

Two men behind some of the biggest names in New Zealand's hip-hop scene are accused of raping and sexually assaulting a heavily intoxicated woman in a Tauranga motel room.
Mark Arona, 40, and Peter John Chambers, 42, who are well-known hip-hop music producers and DJs, deny the allegations.

Two men Peter Chambers (left) and Mark Arona are on trial accused of raping and sexualy assaulting a woman in a local motel room. Photo/George Novak
Two men Peter Chambers (left) and Mark Arona are on trial accused of raping and sexualy assaulting a woman in a local motel room. Photo/George Novak

2. Bay of Plenty among worst places to work and buy a home in NZ

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The Bay of Plenty has been ranked as having the third largest disparity between wage growth and house price growth. Analysis by NZME compared the rise in property values - as measured by Quotable Value - in the same areas which Statistics NZ uses to track regional growth.


3. Changes overwhelm Tauranga's music man

Changing times have finally caught up with the great survivor of Tauranga's once mighty music retail scene, Lex Clay. The somewhat stoic but friendly character who inhabited Traks in Devonport Rd has closed the doors, leaving behind memories of an era all but gone in the downtown.

Lex Clay has called it a day at Traks music store in Devonport Rd. Photo/John Borren
Lex Clay has called it a day at Traks music store in Devonport Rd. Photo/John Borren

4. Police warning after man approaches women at Mount Maunganui

Police want to hear from anyone approached by a man behaving in a creepy fashion at the summit of Mauao at Mount Maunganui. Senior Sergeant Mike Membery said police received a report that man was seen acting suspiciously at the summit.


5. Tauranga traffic clog spot to close, for now

One of Tauranga's worst traffic snarl up spots has become the subject of an experiment in an attempt to alleviate congestion. Tauranga City Council will close the Turret Rd end of 14th Ave to force eastbound motorists to use 15th Ave instead. The temporary closure is hoped to reduce the impact of cars on 15th Ave from traffic being let in from 14th Ave.