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

 


Port Hills mass movement decision announced

Port Hills mass movement decision announced

The safety of people living on earthquake-damaged land in the Port Hills at risk of mass movement is at the heart of decisions announced today.

The latest Council-commissioned GNS Science reports show 37 green-zoned homes are in areas where the risk to life from mass movement (sometimes called landslide) is considered ‘intolerable’ by the Council. This means the risk to life from mass movement in any one year is equal to or greater than one in 10,000.

These new reports follow the first GNS Science mass movement report released in November 2013, which gave mass movement areas in the Port Hills a preliminary Class I, II or III category. Class I areas are where any further mass movement could see lives lost, and homes and/or critical infrastructure severely damaged.

Since then, GNS Science have been working to get a better understanding of Class I areas. The latest reports look at what could trigger a landslide, how big it could be, where and how the land is likely to move and, crucially, the level of risk to people. As this new information has become available, some changes have been made to the preliminary classes given to areas. All Class I areas are between Mount Pleasant and Sumner and affected residents are being contacted.

The Council will make an offer to purchase the 16 green zone properties, as investigations show there is not a cost-effective engineering solution to manage the hazard and reduce the risk to an acceptable level for these properties. Some of these properties are needed to carry out engineering works to reduce or remove the hazard.

“With peoples’ safety coming first, we are making some tough decisions about land use and development in these areas,” says the Council’s Chief Planning Officer Mike Theelen.

For 21 other green zone properties within these areas, the Council has identified an engineering solution to remediate the land and reduce the risk to people and their properties to an acceptable level. This work will take place over the next 12 to 15 months.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel says she appreciates these decisions significantly affect peoples’ lives.

“While this news is very welcome for some, it is upsetting for others and we will be supporting all these Port Hills residents in the coming months.

“I am delighted we can work with the Crown to fund engineering solutions to see as many people as possible remain in their homes,” says Mayor Lianne Dalziel.

There are also 89 properties in Class I mass movement areas that have already been red-zoned by the Crown for cliff collapse or rockfall. Of these, 76 are owned by the Crown and 13 of them remain privately owned. This information does not change any red zone offer from the Crown.

While the risk to people in Class I areas was described as “intolerable,” there were no signs slope failure is imminent so residents were not being asked to leave their homes at this time, Mr Theelen said.

“We are monitoring known mass movement areas and if there is a change in the behaviour of the slope and increased risk to people’s safety, we will act swiftly. This may mean people may need to leave their property at short notice,” says Mike Theelen.

“These investigations have taken longer than we anticipated. The findings needed peer review by an international team of experts, to ensure the science was robust enough to support sound decisions about people’s lives and homes,” says Mike Theelen.

The Council is currently reviewing its district plan. These reports have fed into it and some additional controls on development may be introduced where there are natural hazards in hillside areas. See www.proposeddistrictplan.ccc.govt.nz from 27 August 2014. This is when the stage one priority chapters – including natural hazards -- will be notified to affected residents and opened for public submissions.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Cunliffe’s Last Stand

Right now, embattled Labour leader David Cunliffe has three options. None of them are particularly attractive for him personally, or for the Labour Party.

In scenario one, Cunliffe could resign immediately and trigger a leadership vote among the caucus, the party membership and unions affiliates. This would be a high risk gambit in that it would pre-empt any review of the Labour election campaign and would be likely to open up new divisions.

While one can safely predict the caucus would vote against Cunliffe, the wider party and union response would be unpredictable, given that Cunliffe (ineptly) ran a centrist neo-Goff/Shearer campaign this year and not the left wing campaign that those who voted him into the leadership were expecting him to pursue. More>>

 

Key Seeking 'New Ideas': Look To Children’s Commissioner On Poverty - Greens

John Key should not reinvent the wheel when it comes to ideas for tackling child poverty, and instead look to the recommendations of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Group on Child Poverty, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says. More>>

ALSO:

'Safe To Re-Enter' - OIA Docs: Safety Is Absolute Priority At Pike River Mine

“We understand that the time it is taking to complete our evaluation of the risks is frustrating for the family members and we are trying to complete this work as quickly as we can,” Ms Dunphy says. “It is Solid Energy’s responsibility to make this decision and we will do so, once we have all the information required to make a fully-informed decision.” More>>

ALSO:

Images & Report: Mihi To Welcome Newly-Elected MPs To Parliament

The 29 newly elected MPs were welcomed into Parliament with a Mihi. Parliament’s current Speaker David Carter offered advice from his experience working in Parliament advising the MPs to work collaboratively. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Very Bad Year

While Labour leader David Cunliffe still appears to be in denial about the extent of Saturday night’s debacle, there was hardly a single redeeming feature about the election results for the centre-left... More>>

ALSO:

General Election NZ: National Win

Election Night: With almost all votes counted National and John Key have won a third term and are close to being able to govern alone if they so choose. Key has indicated he will still reach out to form a Government with ACT, United Future and Maori Party. More>>

ALSO:

Perfectly-Timed Anniversaries: Suffrage Day Is Last Chance To Enrol

“The last chance to enrol is Friday 19 September. You can’t enrol on election day.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On First Time Voting (Greens)

For the last two days, I’ve turned my column over to a couple of guest columnists who are first time voters… Today’s guest columnist is Ana Avia-O’Connor, who will be casting her first time vote on Saturday for the Greens. More>>

ALSO:

Meddling: Aussie Liberals Embroiled In Key Campaign

John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says. More>>

ALSO:

SURVEILLANCE:

Election Ad Soundtrack: Rapper Eminem Sues National Party Over Copyright Breach

US rapper Eminem is suing the New Zealand National Party for alleged copyright infringement over unauthorised use of the rapper’s ‘Lose Yourself’ song in an election campaign advertisement. More>>

ALSO:

Big March: Call For An End To Domestic Violence

Hundreds of protesters marched down Lambton Quay to Parliament Monday calling for an end to domestic violence. Wearing white facemasks, waving banners and calling for “safety” for the women and children of New Zealand.. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news