Lusi's approach shuts down field days

ANNE BOSWELL
Last updated 13:10 15/03/2014

Relevant offers

Farming

John Key met Saudi who threatened to sue New Zealand ANZ censured over Fair Trading Act breach involving farmers Crop yields hold up on shrinking land North Canterbury drought brings out the good Once-a-day milking suits award-winning farmers Dialing up advice for phones down on the farm Wilding's Te Mania bull operation set to expand Education, not punishment the key to farm safety Dairy farmers slashing costs will still be short Advance Fonterra milk payout expected

Organisers at Central Districts Field Days were taking no chances with the weather, deciding to shut the event down several hours early at noon today.

Tropical Cyclone Lusi was due to hit the Manawatu this afternoon with wind speeds forecast to surpass the event's official safety limit of 80km/h.

The event's management team has been monitoring the cyclone's approach closely as it moves down the country. Fairfax Agri-Media Brand Manager Dean Williamson said the safety of patrons and exhibitors was the first priority.

"The decision to close the event to the public at noon is really to allow exhibitors a minimum of 2-3 hours to break everything down and get their sites safe and secure," he said.

"Much of the equipment on their sites are not permanent fixtures; they are made to last the 2-3 days of field days, not to withstand extreme weather conditions.

"Closing the event early is a precautionary measure to ensure everybody's safety. The last thing we want is to leave everything to the last minute."

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

Is it time for authorities to introduce tougher penalties for poaching?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: Booby traps for poachers cost farmers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content

Agri e-editions

Digital editions

Read our rural publications online