torm Causes Power Cuts
Eleven thousand customers in the Bay of Plenty were affected by power outages in the weekend. Wild weather cut power to consumers in Maleme Street, Paengaroa, Pongakawa, Otamarakau and Maketu. Operations Manager Phil Marsh says linesmen were yesterday working in atrocious conditions. He says power cuts have been ongoing since Friday. Powerco is urging members of the public to keep away from downed overhead lines and any other damaged network equipment.
Windy Weather to Continue
Expect gusty winds and showers for the next few days. Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan says although the severity of the storm is over, the unsettling wet and windy weather is expected until the end of the week. He says wind speeds will reach 70 to 80 kilometres per hour.
CBD Retailers Meet to Discuss Lack of Shoppers
Downtown Tauranga retailers are gathering this evening to discuss the lack of customers in the area. Karo Gambitsis from Gambino’s Fine Wines has proposed a brainstorm meeting to thrash out ideas, and present them to the Tauranga City Council - which she believes isn't helping the current situation. She's circulated a flyer that says ‘united we stand... divided we are falling’.
Crash Kills Motorcyclist
A motorcyclist has died after a collision with a car in Te Puna. Police were called to Snodgrass Road, near State Highway 2, on Friday evening. They say the driver of the motorbike died at the scene. One of the four occupants of the car was taken to Tauranga Hospital, with minor injuries. Anyone with information or who may have seen a yellow motorbike in Te Puna is asked to contact the Tauranga police.
Bay Businesses Make Tourism Awards Finals
Two Bay of Plenty tourism businesses are finalists in the Tourism Industry Awards. Waihi Beach Holiday Resort and Katikati Naturist Park are amongst 34 companies to make this year's cut. They're finalists in the accommodation sector of the awards, themed Innovating for Success. Tourism Bay of Plenty General Manager Tim Burgess says it's exciting two local tourism operators have been chosen, and both would be deserving winners. He says they're both always looking for new ways to improve business and increase the quality of their visitors experience.
Dillon to Chair BayTrust
Tauranga's Mary Dillon has been appointed the new chairperson of BayTrust. A city councillor for 21 years, and deputy Mayor for six years she replaces Paula Thompson. The Trust that incorporates major towns of Rororua, Whakatane and Taupo in its reach was established to manage major investment in Trust Bank for Bay of Plenty communities. Its key purpose in making grants is to help build, strengthen and enhance the region. Ms Dillon also chairs the Tauranga Environment Centre.
Hull Road Upgrade Starts
Roadworks along Hull Road will begin today, causing some delay for motorists. The Tauranga City Council says additional work includes upgrading the kerb, and channeling and construction of a new left hand turn lane on Maunganui Road into Hull Road. Some work will be done at night to help minimise disruption and access to businesses will be maintained at all times.
Surf Life Saving Club Takes Home Trophy
Congratulations to Papamoa Surf Life Saving Club. It's been awarded The Gudsell Trohpy, which is awarded to the club that gains the most Surf Lifeguard Awards in one year at the annual DHL ‘in if for life’ awards in Auckland. They've successfully qualified 44 new lifeguards to the club - led by Ailsa Cowdrey and Jim Casey. The club's Kurt Wilson has been awarded the prestigious Surf Life Saving Coach of the Year Award for his achievements.
All Go for New Weather Radar
A new weather radar on the Mamaku Plateau is set to give better warning of weather bombs about to hit the region. The radar will provide more robust weather data and predictions for the entire Bay of Plenty - and more accurate warnings for Tauranga. Metservice Weather Ambassador Bob McDavitt says the radar has a range of about 300 kilometres.