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Forecast enhancements benefit trampers and boaties

30 June 2008 Media Statement

Forecast enhancements benefit trampers and boaties


A new extended range weather forecasting system for the country’s mountain regions, offering greater assurance and security to the outdoor community, has been welcomed by the Minister for Transport Safety Harry Duynhoven.

The Extended Brief Mountain Forecast, which will be available on Radio New Zealand National from Monday 30 June, will lengthen the period of MetService’s forecast for the major mountain areas of New Zealand from two to five days.

“It’s important in a country that has a keen history of mountaineering and tramping that we provide long range weather forecasts so people can plan recreational trips and activities with more certainty,” Mr Duynhoven said.

Extending the period of the Brief Mountain Forecast has been made possible by modern forecasting techniques and technologies coupled with increased funding. As part of Budget 2008 MetService, a State Owned Enterprise, received an additional $4.8 million in funding over the next four years.

Another enhancement to public good forecast services is the addition of a recreational marine forecast area for Hawke Bay. In the past, recreational boaties in the area relied on the Portland coastal forecast, which covers many thousands of square kilometres and does not describe conditions particular to Hawke Bay.

The Hawke Bay recreational marine forecast will initially be available on www.metservice.com from the afternoon of Monday 30 June.

“This is excellent news for recreational boaties in Hawke’s Bay. It brings the region into line with other popular boating areas around the country and gives locals a real sense of confidence when they go out on the water,” Mr Duynhoven said.

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