Flood ‘huge blow’ to Mana Arts Society
Mana Arts Society’s clubrooms may be raised off the ground, but there was no escaping the November 15 deluge.
That day, the Plimmerton Domain and the park-and-ride carpark flooded and the water rose high enough to enter the society’s clubrooms.
The water damage ruined the floor, art materials, paperwork and books - many of the latter were irreplaceable - and even the building’s piles shifted.
The insurance and engineering assessments are still to be carried out, and it could be months before Mana Arts Society can host another event.
The building, next to the domain, has housed the society since 2001. Meetings, exhibitions and other events are regularly held there.
The society’s chairwoman Jill Sutton said she thought the clubrooms might escape the water.
‘‘The building is raised off the ground and even with all that water and the high tide, I thought we’d be OK,’’ she said.
‘‘How wrong I was and it’s going to be a huge job to get it usable again anytime soon.’’
A large pre-Christmas sale of members’ works had to be cancelled in the wake of the flood.
Sutton said anything salvaged had been taken out and was hopeful a ‘‘cash and carry’’ exhibition could be held once the building was repaired.
‘‘There’s been no talk of being based anywhere else. ‘‘We’ll be back in one day.’’ Mana Arts Society have an exhibition at Pataka in May that all members were keenly looking forward to, she said.
Society member Julia Spinks said it the damage was a ‘‘huge blow’’ to the club’s fortunes.
She asked what Porirua City Council would be doing to improve the drainage, especially as the domain, downhill from Taupo Swamp, was prone to flooding during heavy rain.
Council parks manager Olivia Dovey said the low-lying park had a stream running through it that had become silted.
‘‘We are currently seeking resource consent from the regional council to clear it, so the water from the swamp can run more easily to the sea.’’
Dovey said the consent could be granted in the new year, but no further timing was available.
Mana Arts Society was established in 1982 and was originally housed in a church hall in Acheron Rd.
Mana Arts Society’s flooded clubrooms at Plimmerton Domain.