Cruise ship cancels, rain ahead

CANCELLED: The Golden Princess in Poverty Bay last year. File picture

BAD weather today and more of it in the next couple of days has forced the cancellation of the first cruise ship visit of the season and postponement of the Tokomaru Bay Hapuka Hunt.

It is also set to dampen the start of the three-day Rhythm and Vines music festival.

The Golden Princess was scheduled to make her first visit here this summer today but the visit was cancelled on Christmas Day.

“It is regretable that the first cruise visit for the season has been cancelled due to the weather,” said Heart of Gisborne manager Lana Davy.

“The early notice certainly helped all those involved in preparations for the visit.

“We don't normally get that much early advice. The decision is normally made on the day,” Ms Davy said.

“The ship’s captain certainly got the decision right not to come in because today would not have been a suitable day to have passengers come ashore.

“The weather is one thing we can't control,” she said.

Golden Princess will make her next scheduled visit on January 16, the second of four visits this season.

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Te Puka Tavern Hapuka Hunt

Organisers of the Te Puka Tavern Hapuka Hunt, originally scheduled for today and tomorrow in Tokomaru Bay, have been forced to put off their event until next week.

“Due to the weather conditions a decision has been made to postpone the hunt till January 4 and 5, next Thursday and Friday, weather permitting,” an organiser said.

“Registrations will still be taken tonight from 5-7pm at Te Puka Tavern, should people wish to register early.”

The hunt involves boat and shoreline fishing, with a wide variety of fish species involved.

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Rhythm and Vines

The cooler, wet weather will affect the start of the biggest social event of the year, the three-day Rhythm and Vines new year music festival.

Rain with cool southerly winds are forecast by the MetService for tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, with highs of 21 and lows of 11 degrees.

MetService says the weather will slowly improve, with New Year’s Eve forecast mainly fine with south-east breezes and a high of 24 degrees and a low of 14.

New Year’s Day temperatures will be similar, with a return of the sun on Tuesday.

The long-range forecast says the weather in Gisborne will return to rain on Wednesday for the rest of next week.

BAD weather today and more of it in the next couple of days has forced the cancellation of the first cruise ship visit of the season and postponement of the Tokomaru Bay Hapuka Hunt.

It is also set to dampen the start of the three-day Rhythm and Vines music festival.

The Golden Princess was scheduled to make her first visit here this summer today but the visit was cancelled on Christmas Day.

“It is regretable that the first cruise visit for the season has been cancelled due to the weather,” said Heart of Gisborne manager Lana Davy.

“The early notice certainly helped all those involved in preparations for the visit.

“We don't normally get that much early advice. The decision is normally made on the day,” Ms Davy said.

“The ship’s captain certainly got the decision right not to come in because today would not have been a suitable day to have passengers come ashore.

“The weather is one thing we can't control,” she said.

Golden Princess will make her next scheduled visit on January 16, the second of four visits this season.

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Te Puka Tavern Hapuka Hunt

Organisers of the Te Puka Tavern Hapuka Hunt, originally scheduled for today and tomorrow in Tokomaru Bay, have been forced to put off their event until next week.

“Due to the weather conditions a decision has been made to postpone the hunt till January 4 and 5, next Thursday and Friday, weather permitting,” an organiser said.

“Registrations will still be taken tonight from 5-7pm at Te Puka Tavern, should people wish to register early.”

The hunt involves boat and shoreline fishing, with a wide variety of fish species involved.

~

Rhythm and Vines

The cooler, wet weather will affect the start of the biggest social event of the year, the three-day Rhythm and Vines new year music festival.

Rain with cool southerly winds are forecast by the MetService for tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, with highs of 21 and lows of 11 degrees.

MetService says the weather will slowly improve, with New Year’s Eve forecast mainly fine with south-east breezes and a high of 24 degrees and a low of 14.

New Year’s Day temperatures will be similar, with a return of the sun on Tuesday.

The long-range forecast says the weather in Gisborne will return to rain on Wednesday for the rest of next week.

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