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Week 1 begins Monday 16 July 2018

24/01/2018 3:00pm

On Friday 5th of January a low pressure system brought heavy rain and strong winds to most of the North Island. The storm and tidal surges caused major flooding and damage to homes and properties in the Kaiaua Coast area including, Kiaua, Whakatiwai, Waharau, and Pūkorokoro-Miranda. There was also major saltwater flooding of farms.

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Update 15 March

After the flood - how are you getting on?

Hauraki District Council and the Waikato Rural Support Trust invite you to a relaxed BBQ and catch-up on Wednesday 21 March.

Call in anytime between 11am and 2pm at Kaiaua Bowling Club and Community Centre, Lipscombe Road, Kaiaua and tell us how you’re getting on after the January storm event that hit the Kaiaua Coast.

  • Find out more about the Kaiaua Coast Disaster Relief Fund
  • Did you know the Council has agreed to pay or waive up to $2000 in building consent fees for those at risk of flooding who wish to lift their buildings?
  • Hear an update from Waikato Regional Council on salt water inundation on farms

If you have any queries or need any immediate support, please call the Council on 0800 734 834

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Update 9 March

Building consent support for Kaiaua Coast property owners

Property owners considering raising the floor level of homes or buildings following coastal flooding in the Kaiaua Coast area now have one less thing to worry about.

The Council has agreed to pay or waiver up to $2000 in building consent fees for those at risk of flooding in the Kaiaua Coast area who wish to lift their buildings. The Council has budgeted for approximately 10 consent applications per year.

Tidal surge from the January storm caused significant damage to approximately 12 homes, moderate damage to 72 homes, while 157 homes were mildly affected.

For more information, please contact us on 0800 734 834 or 07 862 8609.

Update 24 January

Kaiaua Coast Disaster Relief Fund application forms now available

If you’ve been affected by the coastal flooding in Kaiaua, Waharau, Whakatiwai and Pūkorokoro-Miranda in January 2018 you may be eligible to apply for a one-off hardship grant from our Kaiaua Coast Relief Fund

Who can apply?

The fund is open to Kaiaua Coast residents who have experienced financial hardship and/or emotional stress that requires psychological-social support, as a result of the coastal flooding event. Only one application will be considered per household.

In order to be eligible for the grant:
  1. At the time applicants apply you must be experiencing hardship as a result of the January 2018 coastal flooding event
  2. Priority will be given to those who were a permanent resident (owner/occupier or occupier) in the Hauraki District on 5th January 2018
  3. Applicants should not be eligible for funding assistance from any other source for the same item/s, but you may still be eligible if that funding assistance has not substantially reduced financial loss or hardship.
How can I apply?

The fund will be open for applications for grants from Monday 12th February 2018 until Saturday 31st March 2018.

In order to apply for a grant, applicants must complete the Kaiaua Coast Disaster Relief Fund application form [PDF, 74 KB] pdf.gif  

Application forms are also available from any of our Council Offices. If you need help filling out this form please contact us.

More information on the application process and grant eligibility is available on the Kaiaua Coast Disaster Relief Fund information sheet [PDF, 78 KB] pdf.gif .


Update 23 January

Septic tank cleaning

We’ve now finished cleaning septic tanks for permanent residents in Kaiaua, Whakatiwai, Waharau and Pūkorokoro-Miranda. We’ve received some enquiries about septic tank cleaning for non-resident ratepayers. As the focus of the Ministry of Civil Defence is to enable permanent residents to get back into their homes following this disaster, it will only cover the cost of septic tank cleaning for homes of permanent residents, or homes that are permanently tenanted. Non-resident ratepayers are advised to contact their insurance companies about covering this cost.

Post-storm information hub

As part of the recovery phase following the recent storm event that hit the Kaiaua Coast, we’re holding a drop-in session to engage directly with various agencies offering support and information

Thursday 25 January

All are invited to call in anytime between 4pm and 7pm

Kaiaua Bowling Club and Community Centre, Lipscombe Road, Kaiaua

Agencies that will be available include:

  • Earthquake Commission (EQC)
  • Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ)
  • a number of private insurance companies
  • other relevant organisations
  • Council staff will also be available.

Rural Support Trust

The Rural Support Trust is holding a Post Storm Recovery Lunch especially for farmers at 12pm on Friday 26 January at Kaiaua Bowling Club and Community Centre, Lipscombe Road, Kaiaua.

This is an opportunity for farmers to engage directly with various organisations and industry partners offering support and information. A Waikato Regional Council soil scientist will also be presenting his findings from soil testing in areas affected by saltwater. All are invited.

 


Update 19 January, 3.00pm

Community rallies following Kaiaua Coast Storm

Post storm information hub

A post-storm information hub has been organised by the Council to help Kaiaua coast residents and ratepayers engage directly with various agencies offering support and information. All are invited to call in to the Kaiaua Bowling Club and Community Centre, Lispscombe Road, Kaiaua on Thursday 25 January, anytime between 4pm to 7pm.

Agencies that will be available include:

  • Earthquake Commission (EQC)
  • Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ)
  • a number of private insurance companies
  • other relevant organisations
  • Council staff will also be available.

Council Recovery Manager Peter Thom says there are a number of support agencies out there keen to assist.

The idea of the hub is to bring them all together in one place and make it easier for people to access the information and assistance they may need,” he said.

Holiday Park and Fire Force join forces

Miranda Holiday Park has combined forces with the Kaiaua Volunteer Rural Fire Force to organise a fundraising event at the Holiday Park on Saturday 27 January from 2pm to 5pm. Entry is by gold coin donation and stall holders and performers are donating their time and profits. All proceeds from the event will be used to help storm affected coastal communities, including, Kaiaua, Waharua, Whakatiwai and Pūkorokoro-Miranda.

The day will include, fire-truck rides, a BBQ, bouncy castle, face painting, pan cakes, trike bike hire, market stalls and a sizzling kitchen fire demonstration from the Fire Force. Live bands Thermaleles and Mind over Matter will also be entertaining the crowds.

Miranda Holiday Park Manager Don Hellaby says as well as raising money the event is about having some fun following an incredibly stressful time for many.

Hopefully it will give the communities a chance to stop, unwind and relax for a moment after a hard couple of weeks,” he said.

 

Kaiaua Coast Disaster Relief Fund

Donations are starting to come in to the Disaster Relief Fund set up by the Council following last week’s Kaiaua coast storm event. A Givealittle page has also been set up to make it as easy as possible for people to donate.

Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga says locals have shown incredible resilience and community spirit during and after the flooding but there is still a long road ahead. The fund is a practical way others who may wish to, can help.

This area has experienced flooding before, but in all my years in Local Government and as Mayor I’ve never seen anything like this,” he said, “the coastline is completely changed. The sea has come in like a tsunami and just ripped through houses, properties and farmland. Some people have lost everything. It’s heart-breaking.

The Mayor has contributed $2000 from his discretionary fund to kick things off and will be taking a recommendation to the Council for a further contribution. A proposal for support has also be put to Central Government following a visit from Minister of Civil Defence Kris Faafoi.

 

You can donate to the Kaiaua Coast Disaster Relief Fund:

  • Through the Kaiaua Coast Disaster Relief Fund Givealittle page
  • At any branch of the Westpac Bank
  • Online banking
    • Account Number: 03-0435-0768043-001
    • Account Name: Kaiaua Disaster Relief Fund
  • At any of our three Council Offices in Paeroa, Waihi and Ngatea

 

Clean-up continues

Overall, 241 residential buildings were inspected and assessed. Of these, 12 were considered severely damaged and uninhabitable, 72 were considered moderately damaged and partially abitable, and 157 received minor damage. Of the 12 uninhabitable homes, 4 are now habitable following repairs.

Council Recovery Manager Peter Thom says emergency accommodation was offered by the Council at the time of the event.

We’re aware a number of people self-evacuated at the time, but no one has taken us up on our offer of emergency accommodation. Most people have found temporary accommodation with friends and family.”

In the rural sector, 21 farms have been assessed by Civil Defence teams in conjunction with Rural Support Trust. Of these farms, 3 are considered to have severe pasture and crop damage. The remaining farms have varying amounts of pasture and crop damage. Council is also aware of potential damage to property located in a small area of Waikato District, bordering Hauraki District. These properties are being assessed by Waikato District Council.
Council Civil Defence Recovery Manager Peter Thom says Waikato Regional Council scientists have been carrying out salt damage soil testing in the area over the last week. Their findings will be shared at a community BBQ lunch being organised by the Rural Support Trust.

The Trust is holding a BBQ lunch and information day for farmers affected by the storm event on Friday 26 January,” he said.

 

Holiday makers welcome

The Coromandel tourism industry is welcoming people to return for a relaxing holiday, to make the most of summer plans. All roads are now open with travellers on the East Coast Road north of Kaiaua reportedly experiencing minor delays while road repairs are underway. The newest section of the Hauraki Rail Trail from Pūkorokoro-Miranda to Thames is also open and ready to ride.

Visitors in campervans are recommended to stay at the Miranda Holiday Park, or advised to take extra care at popular spots such as Ray’s Rest, which is open but soft in places where extra sand and silt has been deposited. The Kaiaua boat ramp is only open for launching boats. The surrounding reserve area will remain closed to freedom campers until further notice.


Update 18 January, 5:00pm

Relief fund for flood-ravaged Kaiaua coast communities

A disaster relief fund has been set up by the Council following last week’s Kaiaua coast storm event.

The fund follows an overwhelming response from people wanting to donate money to help devastated coastal communities, including Kaiaua, Waharau, Whakatiwai and Pūkorokoro/Miranda, get back on their feet.

Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga says locals have shown incredible resilience and community spirit during and after the flooding but there is still a long road ahead. The fund is a practical way others who may wish to, can help.

“This area has experienced flooding before, but in all my years in Local Government and as Mayor I’ve never seen anything like this,” he said, “the coastline is completely changed. The sea has come in like a tsunami and just ripped through houses, properties and farmland. Some people have lost everything. It’s heart-breaking.”

The Mayor is contributing $2000 from his discretionary fund to kick things off and will be taking a recommendation to the Council for a further contribution. A proposal for support will also be put to Central Government following a visit from Minister of Civil Defence Kris Faafoi last Tuesday.

The Minister was very impressed with the way Kaiaua coast communities have rallied together and helped each other through this but he also saw the devastation first-hand and how much work is still to be done. We’ve had some good conversations and we’ll continue to communicate over the coming weeks,” The Mayor said.

You can donate to the Kaiaua Coast Disaster Relief Fund:

  • At any branch of the Westpac Bank
  • Online banking
    • Account Number: 03-0435-0768043-001
    • Account Name: Kaiaua Disaster Relief Fund
  • At any of our three Council Offices in Paeroa, Waihi and Ngatea

Update 11 January, 5:00pm

Kaiaua coast home and property assessments complete

Initial assessments of the damage to homes and farms in storm affected areas of the Kaiaua coast, including Kaiaua, Waharau, Whakatiwai, and Pukorokoro/Miranda, have now been completed. Anyone who thinks their home or property may have been missed is asked to please phone the council and arrange a visit. 

Overall, 241 residential buildings were inspected. Of these, 12 are considered severely damaged and uninhabitable, 72 are considered moderately damaged and partially habitable, and 157 received minor damage. 

In the rural sector, 18 farms have been assessed by Civil Defence teams in conjunction with Rural Support Trust. Of these farms, 3 are considered to have severe pasture and crop damage. The remaining farms have varying amounts of pasture and crop damage. We are also aware of potential damage to property located in a small area of Waikato District, bordering Hauraki District. These properties are being assessed by Waikato District Council. 

Council Civil Defence Recovery Manager Peter Thom says Council and the Rural Support Trust will be following up on a number of enquiries and offering help where they can. The Council is also in the process of setting up a Disaster Relief Fund for the Kaiaua Coast area. 

“We’ve had an overwhelming response from people wanting to donate money to help those affected by the flooding. We’ll publicise details of how people can donate to this fund as soon as we can,” he said.

 

The clean-up continues

Skip bins will continue to be available along the coast for residents doing clean-up work until the end of the weekend. After this people should contact their private insurers about covering the cost of rubbish removal. 

Dust sweepers have recently been clearing dust from East Coast Road. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to dampen the roads before doing this work as it doesn’t sweep up well when wet, and once it dries it sets a bit like concrete. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this and appreciate people’s patience while we get this work done. As dust will collect in gutters and on rooves during this work, we advise people to disconnect rainwater tanks and spouting before the next rainfall to avoid dust entering their water supplies.

 

Freedom camping

The Kaiaua Boat Ramp Freedom camping area is closed until further notice to prevent overloading of infrastructure in the area. Rays Rest camping area is not officially closed, but we are advising people to avoid the area as the sand that has been deposited there is deep and soft in places and vehicles have needed to be towed out. Contractors will also be doing quite a bit of work in the area over the coming weeks.

 

Ministry of Health guidance
  • Swimming in the area is safe
  • Eating shellfish gathered in the area is not recommended at this time
  • Most home-grown vegetables and fruit affected by flood water can be washed and eaten 7 days after the event. Leafy vegetables such as lettuce should be discarded.

 

Other information

Rural Support Trust

saline inundationFor rural support, information, and advice on what happens to land affected by the recent flooding contact the Rural Support Trust by phone on 0800 RURAL HELP (0800 787 254) or go to the Rural Support Trust website.

The Rural Support Trust is staffed by local rural people that know from experience that severe weather, finances, relationships, and work pressures can all mount up.

Contact them anytime on 0800 RURAL HELP (0800 787 254) for a confidential chat about you, your business, the weather, your finances; or a neighbor, partner, friend, family member, or worker.

Their support is FREE and if you need more of a chat, they can point you in the right direction.

 

When farmland is flooded by seawater

The Rural Support Trust has published information on their website relating to farmland and flooding by seawater.

read article

 

Insurance

The Insurance Council is advising those affected to contact their insurer as soon as possible.

“When it’s safe to do so, take pictures of any flooding or weather-related damage – this will help your insurer with their assessment when you make a claim,” said Insurance Council Chief Executive, Tim Grafton.

“If property you’ve already photographed receives further damage, take more photos. This is especially important if you need to move damaged or contaminated goods from your house for health and safety reasons.”

The Earthquake commission says people may be eligible to lodge a claim with EQC as well as your private insurer.

  • If you have flood damage to the land around your home, including the access way and retaining walls that support the land (not walls that are landscape features only) then contact EQC. EQC does not cover flood damage to your house or its contents so for this you will need to talk to your private insurer
  • To get EQC cover, you need to have a home or contents insurance policy that includes fire protection (most do) with a private insurance company when the natural disaster damage occurred. 
  • While it may speed up the process if you make a claim quickly, you have three months from the date of the damage to lodge your claim.
  • EQC recommends lodging a claim with them at the same time as you lodge a claim with your private insurer
  • You can make a claim online on the EQC website or call EQC on 0800 326 243.

  • pdf.gif EQC Factsheet - January 2018 flooding.pdf  (pdf 367kb)

 

Feeling stressed?

An "event" like last week's storm can be traumatic and it’s normal to feel stressed. Sometimes it takes weeks for emotional and mental stress to start bubbling to the surface. Remember you are not alone. Talk to friends and family.  If you feel like you need help at any stage, contact your GP in the first instance.

Here is some information that may be helpful http://www.victimsupport.org.nz/get-help/helping-with-stress-after-a-disaster/