Beached Boatie Hopes Mistake a Lesson to Others
The owner of a 650 thousand dollar luxury launch that spent the last two days beached at Mt Maunganui is hoping other boaties will learn from his mistake. The Tauranga man was returning from Fiji with two others on Tuesday night and motoring on autopilot when the crew fell asleep, and crashed onto rocks near Rabbit Island. Daryl Hodson says he's lost his whole life and has only been able to recover the boat's engines and generator - the rest is in a pile of rubble. He says it was unintentional and has no insurance because he was offshore. Mr Hodson says he's unsure how he'll move forwards and is paying for the costs to remove the remains off the beach.
Woman Found Dead in Stream
The death of a female who was found in a stream yesterday, has been referred to the coroner. Emergency services were called to Pahoia near State Highway 2, yesterday morning after reports of a body in the water. Police say the death isn't suspicious.
Cruise Ship Visitors Make Tills Ring
Businesses are enjoying a cash injection from a huge influx of tourists visiting off international cruise liners. Volendam left last night, but will be returning on Sunday. Mt Maunganui Mainstreet Manager Leanne Brown says it's been a hive of activity - most are choosing to shop locally, and aren't exploring the greater Bay of Plenty.
Cronin Keeps Regional Council Chair
John Cronin has been returned as the chairman of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Mr Cronin was re-elected at the first council meeting yesterday in Whakatane. Philip Sherry will also stay in the position of Deputy Chairman. The regional council has three new councillors - Douglas Owens and Paula Thompson, representing Tauranga, and Lyall Thurston, representing Rotorua.
Lifeguard Patrols Start
Those taking their first sea plunge this weekend need to swim in patrolled areas. Volunteer lifeguards will begin the summer season patrol tomorrow with over 60 stationed across Omanu, Mt Maunganui and Papamoa Beaches. Spokesman Kurt Wilson, says it's important to swim with a buddy, and between the flags. And a Weather Analyst says it'll be a good time to hit the beach this weekend. A large high over New Zealand will bring sunny weather with temperatures in the twenties. Philip Duncan says swimming might be icy as the water is extremely cold as we're still six months away from warm sea weather.