Clean Up After the Storm

25 June 2013

Following the massive storm that hit the region on Thursday night, many of our walking tracks around the city are closed due to safety concerns.

Storm damage and fallen tree at Willowbank Reserve in Tawa.

Storm damage at Willowbank Reserve in Tawa


Trees have fallen or have precariously hanging limbs and there are slips and other damage to tracks.

Affected areas that are currently closed include:

  • parts of the Northern Walkway on Te Ahumairangi (Tinakori Hill)
  • Moturoa Stream Walkway in Central Park
  • City to Sea Walkway through Finnimore Terrace
  • Conviction track in Centennial Reserve, Miramar
  • parts of the Lookout and Summit Walkways on Mount Victoria
  • Te Araroa Walkway through Spicer Forest
  • Berhampore Golf Course, which has fallen trees on the fairways.

While we’ll try to clean up the tracks and ensure they’re safe for use as soon as possible, some may remain out of action for several months.

The Council’s key priorities at the moment are to fix roads, clear sportsfields and remove trees posing pressing threats to the public.

The four-wheel drive track from Owhiro Bay to Red Rocks will also be closed for the foreseeable future - the roadway has been pretty much destroyed by the huge seas that hit the south coast.

The Council’s Parks, Sport and Recreation Manager, Paul Andrews, says the storm caused huge damage all around the city, and there’s a lot of work to do.

“The winds have done major damage - far worse than the last big storm in 2004 - and probably rivalling the devastation caused by the Wahine storm in 1968. Please bear with us while we clean up after Mother Nature.”

Council staff are still gathering information in the reserve network and there will be additional track closures.

We’re working on getting signage out into affected areas. If you’re planning on using any tracks around the city, it’s important to respect any closures - and take care.