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Oyster lovers could have to wait another day to get their first fill of the delicacy for the year with strong winds expected for the open of the season tomorrow. Direct Fish and Oyster owner Willie Calder yesterday said winds were forecasted at 35 knots for tomorrow, well above the 20 knots he considered bad, so he did not expect any fishermen to be out in Foveaux Strait in the morning. The wind was expected to ease in the afternoon so boats may go out then, but that could mean the oysters would not be opened until Friday, he said. "The forecast is quite accurate these days so ... if it is 35 knots it's not going to be good for anybody," he said.Read the full post
The Department of Conservation will reassess the way it counts visitor numbers to the Hokitika Gorge because the attraction may be even more popular than previously thought.
Over the Christmas period local residents observed that the car park at the gorge — which has space for two bus parks and 16 car parks —had become congested due to the number of cars and campervans.
Foodstuffs says an eftpos outage at lower North Island New World, Pak n' Save and Four Square stores this morning occurred after its systems were unable to cope with today's leap day date. The outage, which has now been resolved, affected many stores across the lower North Island from early this morning.Read the full post
Sweeping local government reforms, expected to be announced this week, could lead to the creation of a super council for the entire Bay of Plenty. Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby is hoping for an announcement that would pave the way for a single unitary authority for the Bay, including the functions of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. The prospect of a super council has been discussed informally by the region's six mayors ever since the creation of Auckland's Super City, and Mr Crosby hoped the reforms to be announced by Local Government Minister Nick Smith would remove obstacles to amalgamation.Read the full post
Kerikeri-based Mahoe Farmhouse Cheese took away one of the two titles at this year's cheese awards. Its Very Old Edam won the Cuisine Champion Artisan Award for smaller producers while Hamilton-based Meyer Vintage Gouda scooped the award for large cheesemakers. Mahoe's cheesemaker Jacob Rosevear, 33, was also awarded the NZ Cheese School Champion Cheesemaker of the Year award.Read the full post
The 187km Hawke’s Bay Trails cycling and walking trails were officially opened on Saturday with a family friendly bike ride. Regional Council chairman Fenton Wilson says it is pleasing to see the positive economic impact from the organisation’s investment into Hawke’s Bay Trails. “Not only are local bike shops and bike hire businesses booming, we’re also seeing a flowon effect to wineries, cafes and accommodation providers and Hawke’s Bay Trails are fast becoming a major tourist attraction for the
region,” says Mr Wilson. “We have seen new jobs created during trail construction, as well as extra jobs in bike hire companies and cafes.”
Work is well under way at the Rutherford Hotel Nelson A Heritage Hotel’s new conference centre. The conference centre development which began in November last year, is due to open in late 2012. Being built on the western side of the existing hotel, the 585sqm space with a 5m stud will handle 700 people theatre style or 500 for a banquet, making it one of the largest conference centres to be built in recent times in the South Island. Adjoining the new conference space will be an outdoor garden, ideal for refreshment breaks or a BBQ. Tipped to be popular with event organisers will be the 280sqm pre-function area offering ample room for trade exhibitions. For information contact Shelley Eastwood conference sales manager of Heritage Hotel Management Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Read the full post