First Frost of the Year
Frosts aren't yet proving to be a problem for Bay of Plenty's kiwifruit harvest. The first inland frosts of the year were recorded yesterday. Kiwifruit Growers president Peter Ombler says frosts aren't posing a threat, just yet, because the leaf canopy is still in place. And the warmer weather is likely to continue in the Bay of Plenty over the coming months. NIWA's latest climate outlook predicts above average temperatures for the region between now and July. It's also predicting near normal rainfall but below average stream flows.
Angler Airlifted to Hospital
A Gisborne man's been airlifted to hospital after falling ill with a leg infection. The 29 year was fishing off White Island yesterday, when he began to feel unwell as a result of a leg injury received in a rugby game last week. The Trust Power TECT rescue helicopter picked the man up and took him to Whakatane Hospital for treatment.
DNA Found on Bottle
Nearly a month on and police are still appealing for the public's help, following the bottle attack on a Papamoa woman. Detective Sergeant Darryl Brazier says 65 year old Mary Loader suffered serious facial injuries when a bottle of beer was thrown at her. Detective Sergeant Darryl Brazier says police have found DNA on the bottle.
Push to Stop Wild Kiwifruit Spreading
Local farmers are being urged to help stop the spread of wild kiwifruit around the Bay of Plenty. Environment Bay of Plenty's pest plant officer Des Pooley says most farmers buy and use reject fruit during harvest time as stock food. He says often the reject fruit are left out in the open and can either spread into nearby bush, smothering vegetation, or the seeds can be spread by birdlife. Mr Pooley says farmers need to remember to only put out just enough food for the stock. Pictured: Wild kiwifruit can spread easily and poses a major threat to our region. Photo/Environment Bay of Plenty
Repairs for 100 Year Old Bridge
Work has now begun to save the 100 year old Karangahake Gorge bridge. The bridge between Paeroa and Waihi is starting to rust away and is in need of a paint job. The Department of Conservation says contractors will repair the bridge and then repaint all the steel work. Photo/Department of Conservation
Growing the Economy through Food Production
Key players in the Bay of Plenty's food industry want to make the most of future export opportunities. Food Bay of Plenty's holding its first Leaders Forum today to look at ways to further grow the local economy through food production. Food Bay of Plenty CEO Liz Muller says the region is a major fruit bowl for New Zealand, with the likes of avocado and kiwifruit orchards. She says it's crucial the food industry gets together and comes up with a plan to showcase the Bay's point of difference.