Lavish houses sitting on a slippery slope

Monday 6 September 2004

About 150 high-value coastal properties in the Coopers Beach area of the Far North could be at risk of sliding seawards on a sub-surface land movement unless urgent work is done to reduce stormwater flows.

By The Landlord

Urgency is being given to a stormwater management project involving the Far North District Council, Northland Regional Council and Transit NZ, as well as property owners and a local water supply company.

This follows recent geological and geo-technical investigations undertaken by consultants working for the Earthquake Commission.

The commission has been funding land stabilisation and building repair mainly on the seaward side of State Highway 10 after big slips last year, and their consultants have found evidence of a historical sub-surface land movement up to 30 metres below the ground.

Residents were told of the findings during a public meeting at Coopers Beach last week.

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