Wellington homes remain no-go zones after big slip, Horokiwi residents potentially stuck


A dozen Wellington homes remain no-go zones after a slip came down on the Terrace during an afternoon and night of slips and flooding around Wellington, which may have blocked the one way in (and out) of the settlement of Horokiwi.

The Terrace slip, which happened shortly before 4pm on Monday, was followed by slips blocking most of Curtis St in Wilton, another on Wade St in Wadestown, one covering the back of a property on Governor Rd in Northland, and one covering both lanes in and out of Horokiwi Rd off State Highway 2, the Wellington City Council spokesman Richard MacLean said.

“Residents of Horokiwi, between Ngāūranga and Petone, may be cut off from the rest of the city until the large slip covering both lanes of Horokiwi Rd is cleared.

MacLean said the situation in Horokiwi was changing rapidly and a second slip may have come down in the area shortly before 7am.

”It’s a fairly fluid, fast moving situation,” MacLean said.

“Motorists and pedestrians are urged to take special care this morning due to the likelihood that more slips and trees may have come down around the city during the night.”

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There was also flooding in Seatoun and Karaka Bays overnight, a tree caught in power lines in Wadestown, and trees down in Wadestown and Aro Valley.

A big slip on Terrace between Buller and Ghuznee Street on Monday.

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A big slip on Terrace between Buller and Ghuznee Street on Monday.

The slip on the Terrace – between Buller and Ghuznee streets – meant the section of road remained closed on Tuesday morning.

Ruptured gas pipes, now capped, meant 10 homes were without gas.

About 12 homes had been evacuated due to the danger from the slip and a threatened tree.

Te Aro School, near the slip, was open.


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