SH2 closed by Waioeka Gorge rockfall near Opotiki
Transport Agency Auckland Regional Office
NZTA advises SH2 closed
by Waioeka Gorge rockfall near Opotiki
The NZ Transport Agency says the Waioeka Gorge on State
Highway 2 between Opotiki and Gisborne is closed after a
huge slip overnight.
The NZTA says it may take most
of the day to clear the highway, and it is advising drivers
to use the alternative SH35 route through East Cape.
“It is a pretty big fall – around 10,000 cubic
metres of earth and rock,” says the NZTA’s acting State
Highways Manager for the Bay of Plenty, Andrew Scott.
“Our contractors are working as quickly as they can to
clear the slip, but the gorge will not be re-opened until
the NZTA is completely satisfied that it is safe for drivers
to use again.”
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
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