Week­end win­ter won­der­land

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Porirua woke up to a win­ter won­der­land on Mon­day morn­ing, with snow blan­ket­ing the city in what has been de­scribed as a once-in-a-life­time event.

Snow be­gan on Sun­day evening about 5pm and fell to sea level through­out the Welling­ton re­gion. It con­tin­ued in­ter­mit­tently on Mon­day morn­ing, de­light­ing many res­i­dents who had never seen snow be­fore.

By Mon­day morn­ing a heavy layer of snow had set­tled on the foothills be­hind Tawa, Porirua East, Cam­borne, Els­don and Pau­ata­hanui. A power cut on Sun­day evening about 5pm af­fected homes in Tawa and at the top of Paekakariki Hill Rd.

The road was closed to traf­fic on Sun­day night af­ter con­di­tions be­came too dan­ger­ous to drive, and re­mained closed yes­ter­day morn­ing.

About 10 cars were stranded on the top end of Paekakariki Hill Rd on Sun­day night and were res­cued by po­lice, said Porirua Emer­gency Man­age­ment of­fi­cer Trevor Farmer.

Mo­torists should drive slowly and care­fully, with head­lights on, and avoid un­nec­es­sary trips, he ad­vised.

Peo­ple should be es­pe­cially wary of power lines, which can spark and break if heavy snow-cov­ered trees fall on them.

‘‘Don’t build a snow­man un­der power lines, or un­der trees for that mat­ter,’’ Mr Farmer said.

Tawa Com­mu­nity Board chair­man Mal­colm Spar­row said it was the first time in his 15 years in Tawa he had seen weather like this.

‘‘The flo­ral [wel­come to] Tawa sign was cov­ered and the ground was cov­ered all around the sub­urb overnight. It’s cer­tainly got all our neigh­bours talk­ing. There were peo­ple throw­ing snow­balls and mak­ing snow­men. I think it will be a long time be­fore we see this again.’’

Win­ter city: Snow blanketed the hills be­hind Porirua’s east­ern sub­urbs and fell in the CBD on and off from Sun­day night.

Photo: HE­LEN DUN­CAN/DO­MIN­ION POST

White won­der: Ally Rin­grose, 13, makes a snow an­gel in Ti­tahi Bay.

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