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Tuesday 2 February 2010

Rain Cans Sunday’s Stars Under the Stars
Heavy rainfall at the weekend has left the man behind Tauranga's 'Stars under the Stars' concert thousands out of pocket. The annual gig at Mills Reef Winery was initially going to be held over Saturday and Sunday nights, but the rain forced promoters to can Sunday night's performance. Organiser Craig Wilson says staff were standing on stage mid afternoon and spotted rain leaking through the lights. He says Saturday night's concert didn't raise enough to cover the loss. Mr Wilson says he's been left tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket. Three thousand people were expected through the gates.

Police Target School Speeding
Speeding around schools is causing concern for Tauranga police. As the first day of the new year kicks off for many schools, so too does a new police campaign targeting motorists around schools. Local road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion says police will take a zero tolerance approach towards speeding drivers He says speeding's always been a problem and it's something he intends to crack down on.

Estuaries Off Limits after Sewage Overflows
Sewage overflows have made two Tauranga estuaries unusable. The weekend's rainfall led to pipe overflows around the city, which has made the Waikareao and Waimapu Estuaries unsafe for at least the next week. Council drainage operations engineer Phil Burke says warning signs have been put up, telling people not to walk in the water, or drink from it. Mr Burke says water quality samples will be taken today, the first step in clearing the waterways.

Wild Weather Bad for Visitor Numbers
It's an anniversary weekend best forgotten. Accommodation providers around Tauranga are blaming the long weekend's bad weather for a drop off in visitor numbers to the region. Association president Lloyd Stone says bookings on Saturday night were great but there were plenty of vacancy signs last night and Sunday night. He says local moteliers can only hope that next year's anniversary weekend will be better.

More Rain on the Way
Bay of Plenty's in for more rain today, but it won't be like the weekend's soaking. Nearly 150 millimetres drenched the region over the weekend, with more than 60 millimetres falling in the 24 hours to one o'clock yesterday afternoon. More rain is expected today, but only in the form of light showers, the skies should clear completely tomorrow.

Posted: Tue 02 Feb 2010

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