Papamoa Hills slip caught on camera

The landslide on Papamoa Hills.

The force of nature. This is what Emma Kapua posted with a video of a slip on Papamoa Hills.

Emma, who lives on the edge of Papamoa Hills Park, filmed a landslide on the hills yesterday.

SunLive is working on getting more information from the Regional Council about the slip and whether or not it will affect the opening of the park

This is one of a number of slips in the region since ex-cyclone Debbie pummelled New Zealand.

An Omokoroa resident has been forced out of his home after a slip encroached onto his property and endangered his house.

The man, who's asked not to be named, has lived at the property overlooking the Tauranga Harbour for the past 24 years.

He says his backyard is split into two levels, and it's the lower which is now in the ocean.

According to Tonkin Taylor engineers, the main landslip is about 55m wide and is 28 to 30m high.

“An initial estimate of the debris volume is about 5000 to 6000 cubic metres. The debris has travelled around 60 m into the harbour.

“The head of the landslip has encroached to within 4m of the house at 37 McDonnell St and has damaged a garden shed.”

A number of other landslips have along the coastal edge following the heavy rain.

“We still have work to do to determine the future risk that this landslip represents and how it may be mitigated, but we understand that the owners have self-evacuated. Until further work is completed we think their self-evacuation is a good move.”

A number of additional slips have occurred in Omokoroa overnight: two slips at Beach Grove and another at Kowhai Grove.

The first Beach Grove slip, about 30m in length, has resulted in structural damage to one house.

Police helped the occupants to evacuate last night as a safety precaution.

A second slip further down the road has hit a small shed.

The Kowhai Grove slip has not affected any properties.

A further 3m or so has fallen at the large slip at McDonnell Street, there is still no immediate threat to the nearby houses but we're talking with the remaining resident about self-evacuation.

Council staff and geotechnical engineers are onsite again today assessing the slips and helping affected residents.

See below for photos of the first Omokoroa slip taken by Mark Kirkham:


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