Court ac­tion af­ter land­slide hits

Waiheke Marketplace - - Front Page - ROSE DAVIS

New court ac­tion against Auck­land Trans­port is un­der­way to try to stop stormwa­ter pour­ing from Trig Hill Road and al­legedly dam­ag­ing a prop­erty be­low.

Hob­son Ter­race landown­ers Jes­sica Mead and An­thony Stead suf­fered a fright­en­ing night when a land­slide from Trig Hill Road bom­barded their car­a­van with de­bris dur­ing se­vere rain in March.

A win­dow on their car­a­van was smashed and they fled at about 4am, fear­ing that the car­a­van could be pushed over a re­tain­ing wall.

Mead and Stead live in the car­a­van with their baby, Bella, and two other chil­dren, who were away the night of the slip.

On Septem­ber 22, Mead ap­plied to the En­vi­ron­ment Court for an en­force­ment or­der to stop Auck­land Trans­port dis­charg­ing stormwa­ter from Trig Hill Road onto her sec­tion.

Mead asked Auck­land Trans­port not to carry out road works on Trig Hill Road above her sec­tion, un­til she was con­sulted, to en­sure the works will pre­vent fur­ther slips onto her prop­erty.

On Septem­ber 28, Auck­land Trans­port started work on a new re­tain­ing wall to pro­tect the area above Mead’s prop­erty from fur­ther slips and main­tain road safety, Auck­land Trans­port me­dia man­ager Mark Han­nan said. He would not com­ment on Mead’s case.

The slip hol­lowed out the ground un­der Trig Hill Road and re­duced it to one lane.

Mead’s state­ment to the court said the slip de­mol­ished a car­peted liv­ing area cov­ered by an awning be­side her car­a­van and kitchen equip­ment was smashed by mud and stones. A build­ing plat­form and re­tain­ing walls were gouged out by ‘‘ram­pag­ing stormwa­ter’’, Mead said.

The fam­ily ‘‘con­tin­ues to live in fear’’ while the threat of fu­ture slips re­mains, she said.

Wai­heke pub­lic sec­tor con­sul­tant Pita Rikys is rep­re­sent­ing Mead and has taken two other cases to the En­vi­ron­ment Court, call­ing for Auck­land Trans­port to stop dis­charg­ing water from Trig Hill Road onto prop­er­ties be­low.

Charles Graves’ and Julie Ing­ham’s ap­pli­ca­tions for en­force­ment or­ders were set­tled out of court.

Han­nan said the new re­tain­ing wall will cost about $161,000. Auck­land Coun­cil Healthy Waters is work­ing on stormwa­ter catch­ment plans for Trig Hill Road and other ar­eas of Wai­heke.

Road works have be­gun on a ma­jor slip above Jes­sica Mead’s prop­erty in One­tangi. ROSE DAVIS/STUFF

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