Sink­hole in car park


A pizza-sized sink­hole ap­peared in a car park in Porirua.

Porirua City Coun­cil work­ers blocked off the hole in the tarseal at the main en­trance of the Dolly Var­den car park in Mana last Tues­day morn­ing.

There was a big­ger hole in a wa­ter pipe be­low it, which was re­paired by Fri­day.

Coun­cil chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Tam­sin Evans said the car park would be closed for a day or so, while staff from Welling­ton Wa­ter re­paired the bro­ken pipe.

Un­der­ground ero­sion was the di­rect cause, per­haps from a nat­u­ral wa­ter source, but in this case it was more likely to be from the dam­aged pipe.

A pump was on site and sewer flows were un­der con­trol.

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