Batten Down the Hatches
Civil Defence has issued severe weather warnings for the region today. Forecasters are expecting heavy rain, lightning and strong winds to buffet the Coromandel Peninsula and the Bay of Plenty. A number of other regions around the country are likely to be affected too. Civil Defence staff are advising residents to keep an eye on the weather forecast. Locals are also urged to make sure their drains have not been blocked by the autumn leaves.
Kiwifruit Payouts Predicted to Increase
Payouts to Bay of Plenty kiwifruit growers this year are likely to improve. In the 2009/2010 financial results, exporter Zespri reported a 3 percent jump in net global kiwifruit sales, taking sales to 1.5 billion in the year to March. It has now released a provisional per tray payout of $7.50 for green variety fruit, up 50 cents on last year. The payout for gold variety is also likely to jump 50 cents to $12.50. Zespri's CEO Lain Jager says the full forecast won't be released until August. Pictured: Lain Jager
Leaky School Gets Rebuild Funding
The principal of New Zealand's worst leaky school is thrilled the Government's stumping up with replacement costs. Tahatai Coast School in Papamoa is facing a multi million dollar rebuild as classrooms rot away. Its Tower Block renovation is nearing completion. However, dual principal Ian Leckie says funding for the rest of the rebuild was up in the air, until now. Pictured: Tahatai Coast School
Bumper Season Ahead for Cruise Ships
Cruise ships may be a few months away, but Tauranga's already gearing up for a bumper season. Already 54 ships have registered with Tourism Bay of Plenty, to berth at the Port of Tauranga. The first will be the Sun Princess, arriving on the 18th of October, and at this stage, the last ship will dock on the 17th of April next year.
New Zealand's Next Top Model Auditions in Tauranga
Tauranga has been chosen as one of only a handful of cities to host auditions for a modelling TV show. Season two of New Zealand's Next Top Model is underway, with auditions beginning next month in Auckland. Participants must be aged between 16 and 25 and at least 170 centimetres in height. The auditions finish up in Tauranga on June 13 at The Sebel Trinity Wharf. Pictured: Sebel Trinity Wharf
Police Push Winter Road Safety Message
Bay of Plenty police are ramping up the road safety message, ahead of winter. Highway Patrol staff say State Highway 29 through the Kaimai Ranges turns into one of the most treacherous roads in winter. Road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion says the highway accounts for a quarter of the region's roading fatalities. He says it's crucial motorists drive to the conditions during the colder months.