Friday, 26 April 2019

WHITIANGA WEATHER

Waikato Regional Council is warning holidaymakers there is the potential for roads to become flooded on the Coromandel Peninsula as a result of heavy rain predicted to fall later today.

MetService has issued a heavy rain warning for the Coromandel Peninsula from 2:00pm today until 6:00am tomorrow.

WRC regional hazards team leader, Rick Liefting, said the council had been closely monitoring the weather forecasts, tide times and river levels.

“High tides are expected this evening between 9:00pm and 9.30pm. These tides, combined with the heavy rain, means there is the potential for flooding in some places.

“This could result in road closures in places like the Criterion Bridge on SH26 at Paeroa, the Karangahake Gorge, the entrance to Thames at Rhodes Park and SH25 at Hikuai. If this happens, then it's likely to occur a few hours either side of high tide, so potentially between 7:30pm and 11:30pm today.

“The predicted heavy rainfall could also result in slips, so we’d encourage people to be off the roads as early as possible this evening, or to delay their travel until tomorrow. As always, motorists should check with the New Zealand Transport Agency for road closures and conditions.

 “Local communities are already doing a great job of letting us know what's happening with rivers in their areas and we encourage them to continue doing so.

“The good news is that, beyond Christmas Day, the weather is looking much better through to next week.”

Stretching 400 kilometres, the Coromandel has one of the largest coastlines in the country. It’s among our greatest assets and is a large part of the reason why people want to live, work and visit here.

The TCDC new alcohol control bylaw takes effect from today, 18 December. We've got a mix of year-round 24/7 town centre bans and Christmas/New Year and long weekend bans on some beaches and seaside reserves.

The Christmas and New Year ban (24/7) runs from 23 December until 6 January on beaches and seaside reserves from Whangapoua to Whangamata and in all of Tairua, Pauanui and Whangamata townships, in addition to the existing 24/7 town centre bans.

A report by the Auditor-General, “Managing Stormwater Systems to Reduce the Risk of Flooding,” was presented to Parliament on Thursday last week.

In order to prepare the report, the Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) looked at how Dunedin City Council, Porirua City Council and Thames-Coromandel District Council manage their stormwater systems. The OAG chose these three councils to understand the range of challenges local councils across New Zealand face in protecting people and their property from the effects of flooding.

A meeting to gauge interest in building a skatepark in Tairua has had a good response. The challenge is where to put it.

About 25 people attended the informal meeting at Tairua Community Hall on Saturday 1 December, arranged by Tairua-Pauanui Community Board member Brent Turner. A committee has since been formed to progress the project.

Whitianga resident, Dennis Jones, has a great outlook on life.

It’s all based around knowing his limitations, staying active and moving onto new achievable projects rather than staying caught up in an environment where the best years have passed him by. 

On Tuesday last week, six learning support students from Mercury Bay Area School spent an exciting day on the water as they experienced the joy of sailing for the first time. MBAS learning support coordinator, Karen Johansen, was approached by skilled sailor and the Mercury Bay Boating Club’s youth sailing coordinator, Jonathan Kline (who’s also one of the club’s youth sailing coaches), who suggested the outing.

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