Counting the cost of the cyclone

Efforts to clean up the mess have already surpassed $100,000, and work continues.

Efforts to clean up the mess have already surpassed $100,000, and work continues.

UNDERMINED BY THE STORM: A section of the footpath on Stafford Street has been declared unsafe after ground underneath it subsided. A street light is also on a lean and will be removed. Engineers are inspecting the damage and once a design plan is finished, a completion time for repairs will be better known. Pictures by Liam Clayton
Thirty metres of footpath along Stafford Street has subsided and been declared unsafe.

GISBORNE District Council and Tairawhiti Roads are counting the cost of last week’s big storm. In the roading department, efforts to clean up the mess have already passed the $100,000-mark, with work continuing.

Tairawhiti Roads journey manager Helen Harris said Tauwhareparae Road, which was closed by a slip blocking both lanes at Doonholm 17km from SH35, would reopen by the end of the day.

“The rain from the former Tropical Cyclone Cook definitely contributed to the slip coming down. It’s a known subsidence site.”

Ms Harris said it would cost about $60,000 to clean it up.

Meanwhile, clean-up work at Wigan Bridge would cost another $20,000.

“This is to remove the ‘beaver dam’ of slash that has built up under this bridge.

“The total cost of the clean-up is still unknown, as the contractors are still out there doing the work, but we also suffered from a significant number of trees coming down on the network.”

Hokoroa Road and Maungahaumi Road also remain closed today due to a 30-metre slip and washouts.

Thirty metres of footpath along Stafford Street has subsided and been declared unsafe after the storm.

Temporary barriers have been put in place to create an alternative safe pathway.

Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield said an old portion of the footpath along Riverside Road was undermined.

Land Development and Exploration engineers are assessing the site to reinstate the footpath.

Eastland Network will remove a street light on a lean.

The storm has also caused widespread damage to public trees within the city and across the district.

Council contractors have said this is the most significant damage to public trees caused by weather in the past 20 years.

“As a result, our arborist contractors have worked tirelessly over the weekend to prioritise and address issues caused by trees,” said community and recreation manager Andrew White.

Many public trees have fallen, many have been removed already due to severe damage, and many more will need to be removed over the coming weeks.

A tree that fell and blocked the road on Kaiti Hill is off the road now but still needs to be cut up and removed.

The large tree uprooted in Mangapapa Park was expected to be removed today.

Four large willow trees down near Alfred Cox Skate Park will need to be removed over the next week, he said.



GISBORNE District Council and Tairawhiti Roads are counting the cost of last week’s big storm. In the roading department, efforts to clean up the mess have already passed the $100,000-mark, with work continuing.

Tairawhiti Roads journey manager Helen Harris said Tauwhareparae Road, which was closed by a slip blocking both lanes at Doonholm 17km from SH35, would reopen by the end of the day.

“The rain from the former Tropical Cyclone Cook definitely contributed to the slip coming down. It’s a known subsidence site.”

Ms Harris said it would cost about $60,000 to clean it up.

Meanwhile, clean-up work at Wigan Bridge would cost another $20,000.

“This is to remove the ‘beaver dam’ of slash that has built up under this bridge.

“The total cost of the clean-up is still unknown, as the contractors are still out there doing the work, but we also suffered from a significant number of trees coming down on the network.”

Hokoroa Road and Maungahaumi Road also remain closed today due to a 30-metre slip and washouts.

Thirty metres of footpath along Stafford Street has subsided and been declared unsafe after the storm.

Temporary barriers have been put in place to create an alternative safe pathway.

Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield said an old portion of the footpath along Riverside Road was undermined.

Land Development and Exploration engineers are assessing the site to reinstate the footpath.

Eastland Network will remove a street light on a lean.

The storm has also caused widespread damage to public trees within the city and across the district.

Council contractors have said this is the most significant damage to public trees caused by weather in the past 20 years.

“As a result, our arborist contractors have worked tirelessly over the weekend to prioritise and address issues caused by trees,” said community and recreation manager Andrew White.

Many public trees have fallen, many have been removed already due to severe damage, and many more will need to be removed over the coming weeks.

A tree that fell and blocked the road on Kaiti Hill is off the road now but still needs to be cut up and removed.

The large tree uprooted in Mangapapa Park was expected to be removed today.

Four large willow trees down near Alfred Cox Skate Park will need to be removed over the next week, he said.



You can report fallen trees or debris in public places to the council customer services on 06 867 2049, or fill out an online form.

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