Omokoroa ground still moving

Five Omokoroa homes have been vacated because of slips on the peninsula. Supplied photo.

Land at Omokoroa is continuing to move where slips have occurred in the last couple of weeks.

Currently, five properties remain evacuated.

Drone footage obtained by Sun Media shows the extent of the slips left in the wake of Cyclone Debbie and Cyclone Cook.

A section of Harbour View Road remains closed as a safety precaution, and there is one property in this area which has been evacuated. The Ruamoana Walkway is also closed, says a statement released from the Western Bay of Plenty District Council, yesterday.

It's a public walkway under Ruamoana Place, between the houses on waterfront and the sea. There are multiple access points, two notably between 26/27 Ruamoana Place and Bramley Drive, says a council spokesperson.

The council has closed off about 240m from Bramley Drive to Ruamoana Place due to the slips.

The Western Bay of Plenty District Council is reminding people not to walk or travel through any cordoned off areas, as they are closed for important safety reasons.

Land is still moving at various sites where major slips have occurred in the last two weeks, says the council statement.

A few more minor slips have also occurred in new locations over the long weekend, including Council reserve near the Omokoroa Bowling Club and a small walkway at Waterview Terrace.

Council staff are asking residents to stay clear of all slip sites and continue to monitor their land for signs of movement if they are concerned.

Anyone with concerns or questions about slips can phone the council on 07 571 8008 or 0800 WBOPDC.



6 Comments

@Tundra

Posted on 19-04-2017 17:49 | By Papamoaner

They have been known to crack foundations too. Pohutukawas have their place but inappropriate for some places. Cordyline Australis (cabbage trees) are pretty aggressive too.

well done Sunlive

Posted on 19-04-2017 16:44 | By stokey

Sunlive is doing a superb job of covering the Omokoroa devastation and the drone footage is outstanding. As a resident I was not aware how severe it was until SL coverage. I feel for the poor people affected by it. Please keep up the good work. Thanks.

Pohutakawa trees

Posted on 19-04-2017 14:21 | By tundra

These trees need topping.They are way to high and when they are under windy conditions the root system is so huge it pulls at the banks.Pohutakawa trees are meant for rocky soils as at Coromandel.Every one of these slips has dropped Pohutakawa trees down.Or the tree has pulled the bank down!

@Linaire

Posted on 19-04-2017 11:43 | By Papamoaner

Yes indeed, and not just wild weather, as evidenced by all those Redcliffs houses falling off the cliff after the Chch earthquake. Natures warning - heed it or repeat it.

The price of uninterrupted views ..

Posted on 19-04-2017 10:56 | By Linaire

Even if I had more money than I knew what to do with, I would never build or buy a house on the top of a cliff. With all these wild weather events, this sort of thing is going to happen more often.

Bit of a worry

Posted on 19-04-2017 10:27 | By Papamoaner

Higher risk now with climate change getting worse. When the sea wants the land back, you can't argue. This is now happening in several coastal places around the country. Feel sorry for those poor people. How can they sell up and get out when nobody will buy? How can insurance pay out for houses that are at risk but not yet moved? Very difficult.

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