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Anew 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 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.

“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 some­time lead to some bad de­ci­sions.”

The idea for the cam­era has long been in the pipe­line for Re­gional Coun­cil and was helped by Trust­power who pro­vided the in­ter­net ser­vice.

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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