Kaituna bar cam on­line

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

A new cam­era has been in­stalled above Bay of Plenty’s most danger­ous bar — the Kaituna Cut — giv­ing boat­ies an up-to-date look at the bar con­di­tions.

Bay of Plenty Re­gional Coun­cil har­bour­mas­ter Pe­ter Buell says this is good news for boat­ing safety as cross­ing a bar is one of the riski­est things you’ll ever do on a boat.

“Bar cross­ings can be danger­ous due to the of­ten shal­low water, break­ing seas and re­duced sta­bil­ity.

“This live feed will help boat­ies judge the con­di­tions, espe­cially with the cur­rent works hap­pen­ing as part of the Kaituna re-di­ver­sion project, af­fect­ing ac­cess to the groyne and fish­ing plat­form.”

Not only will the bar be safer, there’s also added con­ve­nience, says Har­bour­mas­ter Buell.

“Pre­vi­ously the only way to view the con­di­tions was by phys­i­cally vis­it­ing the bar, so peo­ple trav­el­ling some dis­tances would ar­rive at the mouth of the Kaituna River and then re­alise it’s too danger­ous to cross. This would some­times lead to some bad de­ci­sions.”

The idea for the cam­era has long been in the pipe­line for the re­gional coun­cil and was helped by Trustpower, who pro­vided the in­ter­net ser­vice. You can view the live feed and check out ad­vice on how to safely cross a bar at www.bo­prc.govt.nz/bar­cam

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