Stocked up for the influx

Business owners in the Gisborne hospitality trade know the drill so well they were “well prepared” for the influx of visitors to the region.

It has been 16 years since Rhythm and Vines started in Gisborne. The New Year’s Eve event expanded in 2008 to a three-day music festival, increasing Gisborne’s population by thousands for four to five days each year.

Captain Morgans owner Dane Tamepo said it had been “extensively busy”.

He estimated it was their third busiest year. Mr Tamepo and his wife Michelle have owned the popular Waikanae Beach business for 12 years so that made it in their top 25 percent, he said.

“The R&V kids have been fantastic, they’re a great bunch of kids. The local kids have been great too — they sometimes go into hibernation when everyone else is here, but they are just starting to come out now.”

Mr Tamepo said with the thermometer set to go over 30 degrees Celsius again this weekend, they were ready with lots of stock.

MetService meteorologist James Millward said Gisborne had a hot weekend ahead with plenty of sunshine and a high of 30C forecast for Sunday.

A southerly pushing up the country would then cool things down a bit. Monday and Tuesday would have temperatures of around 25C with a few showers forecast, but “nothing significant”.

Yoko Sushi owner Yoko Rogers said they were much busier than last year.

“We have sold a lot of hot food for the R&V people. They were drinking alcohol, so wanted something more substantial like rice,” she said.

Okitu Store on Moana Road, State Highway 35, had been “really crazy” with people queuing up outside waiting for ice creams, said employee Tyler Kahika.

Favourite flavours were the Kiwi classics like passionfruit, hokey pokey and boysenberry, with hundreds of scoops going out the door every day. They were “well prepared” for the demand.

Business owners in the Gisborne hospitality trade know the drill so well they were “well prepared” for the influx of visitors to the region.

It has been 16 years since Rhythm and Vines started in Gisborne. The New Year’s Eve event expanded in 2008 to a three-day music festival, increasing Gisborne’s population by thousands for four to five days each year.

Captain Morgans owner Dane Tamepo said it had been “extensively busy”.

He estimated it was their third busiest year. Mr Tamepo and his wife Michelle have owned the popular Waikanae Beach business for 12 years so that made it in their top 25 percent, he said.

“The R&V kids have been fantastic, they’re a great bunch of kids. The local kids have been great too — they sometimes go into hibernation when everyone else is here, but they are just starting to come out now.”

Mr Tamepo said with the thermometer set to go over 30 degrees Celsius again this weekend, they were ready with lots of stock.

MetService meteorologist James Millward said Gisborne had a hot weekend ahead with plenty of sunshine and a high of 30C forecast for Sunday.

A southerly pushing up the country would then cool things down a bit. Monday and Tuesday would have temperatures of around 25C with a few showers forecast, but “nothing significant”.

Yoko Sushi owner Yoko Rogers said they were much busier than last year.

“We have sold a lot of hot food for the R&V people. They were drinking alcohol, so wanted something more substantial like rice,” she said.

Okitu Store on Moana Road, State Highway 35, had been “really crazy” with people queuing up outside waiting for ice creams, said employee Tyler Kahika.

Favourite flavours were the Kiwi classics like passionfruit, hokey pokey and boysenberry, with hundreds of scoops going out the door every day. They were “well prepared” for the demand.

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