House guests were warned
Airbnb guests staying next to a house whose backyard has fallen down a cliff say they were told to keep their daughter away from the unstable edge.
A 10-metre cliff collapsed onto Auckland’s Eastern Beach on Sunday taking most of a Clovelly Road house’s backyard with it. The owners have not been able to be contacted.
The Airbnb residents staying next door said their host had advised them to stay away from the edge.
‘‘They told us to not let our daughter play too close because it’s dangerous,’’ a woman, who declined to be named, said.
A fence borders the edge of the cliff with a ‘‘Danger’’ sign at the gate. Beyond the gate, fallen trees can be seen lining the coastline.
But the family aren’t worried about living there.
‘‘We’re only here for three months. If we owned the place then yes, we’d definitely worried,’’ the woman said.
Ben Dellabarca and his flat mate were walking his dogs long Eastern Beach around midday on Sunday when the pair noticed rocks coming off the rock face.
All of a sudden a massive hunk of dirt, debris, trees and what seemed to be a retaining wall fell away, crashing onto the beach below. All that was left was a slab of decking hanging precariously over the cliff edge.
‘‘The dogs were under it only a be minute before it fell,’’ Dellabarca said.
A slab of decking survived, hanging precariously at the top of the cliff with nothing beneath it.
Dellabarca, who captured the moment the cliff collapsed on video, estimated it to be about 10-15 metres tall.
He said he tried contacting the owners of the house above but they weren’t home.
Geotechnical engineer for the Auckland Council, Ross Roberts, said the slip happened in an area of known instability.
On Monday morning, Auckland councillors for Howick, Sharon Stewart and Dick Quax, first inspected the damage from the beach below the slip.
Clovelly Road resident and former Howick Local Board member Steve Udy says living on a cliff is bound to have its consequences.
‘‘Cliffs are unstable all over Auckland.
‘‘A certain degree of caution needs to be taken when building near cliffs,’’ he says.
A signiifcant landslip claimed the balcony on one Clovelly Road cliff-side property and left backyards in neighbouring properties teetering above Eastern Beach on Sunday.