Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Council helping with big post-storm clean-up near Te Aroha

MEDIA RELEASE

22 April 2014

Council helping with big post-storm clean-up near Te Aroha

Waikato Regional Council staff and contractors are expected to spend several weeks helping landowners near Te Aroha deal with the aftermath of Cyclone Ita, which hit the Coromandel and surrounding areas just before Easter.

An assessment, including a helicopter flight, after the holiday weekend indicated the council’s part in the clean up would cost around $50,000-$60,000, to be met by a special fund set up for such occasions.

“We had our Te Aroha-based river and catchment services team and contractors working hard with local landowners over Easter,” said Hauraki area manager Jason Roxburgh

“They’ve been working particularly with property owners on the slopes of the Kaimai Ranges which got a big whack from the tail of Ita. One landowner we talked to got 120 mm of rain in one hour last Thursday, while most farmers recorded between 250 to 380 mm in 12 hours.

“That’s the same sort of rainfall as the Thames Coast got in the 2002 weather bomb event, which caused extensive damage on the Coromandel.”

Mr Roxburgh said an example of the problems is that one stream bed is more than two metres lower than it was before the flooding, showing just how strong the flow of water was.

“In other places, some streams have completely left their normal channels and now flow through the middle of farms. So we will need to engineer them back into their original channel.

“There also seem to have been a lot of slips in the foothills of the Kaimai Forest Park. Much of the vegetation, rocks and soil from those has ended up on the farms and roads below. Many farm paddocks are buried in debris and shingle, and we will assist getting this material removed.”

Also, many farms have lost bridges, large lengths of fences, and other internal infrastructure like roads, races, and tracks.

“The council is able to give advice on how to handle these problems. Our staff will have a lot of work to do over the next couple of weeks - with helping landowners repair damage to streams, removing debris, and reinstating damaged council flood protection infrastructure,” said Mr Roxburgh.

“If people need help with these sorts of issues, they can contact us on 0800 800 401.”

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Auckland Relocation Grants: 12 Grants Paid So Far

Since the policy took effect one month ago, 12 applicants have received the non-recoverable grant, supporting 32 people. $54,508 has been paid out, covering things like moving costs, bond, rent in advance and letting fees. More>>

ALSO:

Vaccine Funding Change: HPV Vaccines For All Children

PHARMAC has today announced changes to funded vaccines, which will benefit an extra 100,000 people... The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will be available for all children and adults up to the age of 26 years, and boys will now be included in the HPV school vaccination programme. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Opinion Polls For Key And Trump Defy Gravity

What is going on? Donald Trump got confirmed as the Republican presidential candidate at a bizarrely chaotic political convention… and promptly received an upwards bump in the polls to where he’s now rating ahead of Hillary Clinton, for only the second time this year. More>>

Sugar: Auckland Leisure Centres Axe Unhealthy Drinks

Auckland Council is to stop selling drinks that are sweetened by sugar from vending machines at its leisure centres in a bid to try to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Todd McClay’s Faulty Memory

Time and again, whenever an issue arises the initial response by government is to deny or diminish the problem – nothing to worry about here, everything’s OK, move on. Then, hang on. In line with the usual pattern, as embarrassing details emerged into daylight, the story changed. More>>

ALSO:

Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news