Boat stranded as wind and welcome rain arrives

By Amy Wiggins, Kiri Gillespie

Torrential rain and gusty winds separated a boat from its mooring yesterday.

The wooden launch in Tauranga Harbour was washed into the rocks beside the Strand.

Regional Harbour Master Carl Magazineovic said it was left to his staff to deal with as the owners were not in town.

"There's some holes in it from the rocks and that. The bollard came off the front end of it so the mooring rope slid off the side and it came off its mooring."

The boat, Skinny Ribs NZ, was lifted out of the water yesterday afternoon.

But farmers welcomed yesterday's weather.

At Rick Powdrell's Rangiuru Rd farm, 76mm of rain fell by 7.15am yesterday and another 48mm had fallen by 7pm.

"We will need a series of reasonable rainfalls to get the water tables back up. It certainly helps kick things along."

Pukehina farmer Derek Spratt was thrilled with the 50mm he recorded yesterday and on Monday night.

"It's bloody marvellous. It's been just an ideal rain. I wouldn't call it a drought-breaker yet but it definitely goes a hell of a long way towards it."

Metservice recorded 44mm of rain for the 24 hours leading up to yesterday afternoon at Tauranga Airport.

Metservice meteorologist Dan Corbett said the the rain should have eased off by today but shower bursts were still expected.

A low sitting to the west of the North Island was expected to bring more wet weather after tomorrow, leading into the weekend, Mr Corbett said.

Mark Fenton, of Oasis Lawns and Property Care, said the rain was frustrating but he was trying to be philosophical about it.

"As far as instant gratification goes it's crap because it's turning our very hard soil into mud."

Mr Fenton said it was frustrating "being rained off" because the work piled up but the rain was needed.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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