Department of Conservation staff are still trying to get to some of the more remote areas to assess damage from last week's weather bomb, says Hawke’s Bay Area manager Jan Hania.
The three areas worst hit are Te Angiangi Marine Reserve in Central Hawke’s Bay, Morere Hot Pools near Wairoa, and the access track to the Cape Kidnappers Reserve Gannet Colony he said. All three areas remain closed.
“We undertook site visits where possible or viewed the damage from the air quite quickly. To get into some areas is still posing a dilemma,” Mr Hania said . The focus has been on assisting staff who live locally and leaseholders who own the baches at Pourere, many of whom have been displaced or affected in some way.
Staff are unable to inspect the damage in detail at Te Angiangi until the weather improves and the seas settle.
“There’s not much of the beach left with huge slips covering what was a very popular marine reserve,” Mr Hania said. The toilets and signs have all been buried too. The damage to the old historic woolshed at Aramoana is a "huge loss", with the real loss being the education potential that was developing there, he said.
Cape Kidnappers walking track showing damage after April storm
At Pourere, DOC staff are working closely with the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council to assist bach owners where they can in the early stages of the clean-up.
The Morere Hot Pools took a real hit with some serious damage to the water supply. It is hoped that the main pool may be operational within the next month.
Weather conditions have not allowed a close inspection of the track up to the Cape Kidnappers gannet colonies. It is hoped that access will be restored before the season opens at Labour weekend.
“It takes time to inspect all areas and we would welcome any feedback from the public as they start to venture out again,” Mr Hania said. ENDS