Locals have been growing bananas for decades, but now $100,000 in funding has been granted to turn it into big business.
Grower Leaderbrand, which supplies the big supermarkets, saw significant crop losses and is warning of a supply shortage.
Fruit is on the ground and logging leftovers have reached the beach after last night's heavy rain and strong winds.
Toa got the rescue he deserved, having spent a couple of lonely nights at the family home.
A mass of logs and forestry debris can be seen littered around the area.
"Bridges would have realised that at some point he was going to have to confront Ross. To delay that day of reckoning was to damage both himself and the party," writes our columnist.