Announcements

SH59 – Pukerua Bay barrier repair tonight, Tuesday 9 Aug

Waka Kotahi has advised there will be work tonight to repair the crash barrier at the corner of State Highway 59 and Pukerua Beach Road (map). The work is being done at night when there are fewer vehicles so it can complete the job quickly, efficiently and safely without causing major traffic delays.

map for corner of SH59 and Pukerua Beach Road
Work area, corner State Highway 59 and Pukerua Beach Road (map)

Road works SH59 Pukerua Bay to Paekakariki

Waka Kotahi have advised the following:

Good afternoon,
Due to the weather the daytime stop/go for road repairs on Coast Road, between Pukerua Bay and Paekākāriki has been moved to Thursday 28 July and Friday 29 July.
We are keeping an eye on the weather and will let you know if these dates change.
Ngā mihi,

Anita De Klerk, Customer Communications and Engagement Advisor
Wellington Transport Alliance

Haunui Road slip disrupts water supply

A slip at the end of Haunui Road has cut off water to the end houses and damaged a power pole at the end of the street.

Wellington Water has cut off the water to houses from the corner with Haunui Way – around number 27 Haunui Road – to the end of the road so they can cap the pipes to the end houses and turn the water back on for the rest of the houses. However, the slip also took out the last power pole and they are waiting for Wellington Electricity to cut off the power so it is safe to enter the slip zone. Wellington Water has organised a water tanker for residents on the street, and the tanker is there now, outside number 20.

We’ll update this when we get more information on progress on the repairs. If anyone in Haunui Road needs any welfare assistance, they can ring the Porirua City Council Welfare team on 237 5089.

Storm Water reporting Wellington Water

FromWellington Water
Do you live in Pukerua Bay or Whitby? 🤔
We’re working hard to reduce the risk of flooding and keep our communities safe, now and into the future, but we need your help! 🙋‍♀️
💧 Does your garden fill up with water when it rains?
💧 What about your street?
💧 Your local school?
Currently, Wellington Water is mapping areas in Porirua which we suspect are prone to flooding in heavy rainfall events. 🌧
To ensure these flood hazard maps are as accurate as possible, we need you to tell us about your flooding experiences in Pukerua Bay and Whitby. 🧑‍💻
Share your experiences with us here 👇
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Beach Road Closure Wed 16 Feb 9am to 1pm.

PCC have just advised that it will be closing Pukerua Beach Road between 9am and 1pm tomorrow (Wednesday).

There will be emergency access, however residents are urged to find alternate access options or to remain at home during this time.

Given the narrow nature of Pukerua Beach Road, a full closure is required to carry out work to construct a bund on the coastal side of the road to prevent water going down the bank. This is one of the actions recommended by geotechnical advisors ENGEO.

Claire Giblin will be writing a fuller community update, which will sent out later today but wanted to alert residents to the closure as soon as possible.

PCC apologises for the inconvenience.


Pukerua Beach Road – Closure

I have just had a call from Claire Giblin (PCC). The latest period of rain has been causing more slips on Pukerua Beach Road, closing it. Downers are working on clearing the road.

And it appears that there have been slips on Cluny Road (Karehana Bay) with some residents evacuated from their homes.

Pukerua Beach Road Update

The latest from Porirua City Council:

Dear residents of Ocean Parade and Brendan Beach,

This is an update to let you know about our plans to manage the slips on Pukerua Beach Road.

Thank you for the patience and kindness you’ve shown so far in dealing with the closures and supporting the team working to keep the road clear.

A geotechnical assessment carried out last week indicates the underlying rock above Pukerua Beach Road is stable, and there is a very low risk of failure due to rain events.

However, it is possible there will continue to be shallow slips of the loosened surface material, as has been experienced in recent days, and we will continue to clear these as required.

An early estimate of the cause is that the ground above Pukerua Beach Road has become overly saturated by the significant rain fall and, possibly, other sources of infiltration; destabilising the overlaying surface material and vegetation.

In the short term, PCC and Downer will continue to monitor the area daily, and a digger has been left on site, temporarily, so we can respond as quickly as possible to clear any slips that occur.

Residents should report any issues to our contact centre 237-5089 where our team will direct the appropriate response. Downers and PCC have staff working and on call through the Christmas shut-down period.

Longer term, we will continue to investigate to assess if further action is required, recognising residents concerns about stormwater management and slope stability.

We appreciate you did not have your rubbish/recycling collected last Friday. Our contractors will be back through this Friday to collect it.

  1. We received a number of questions from a group of residents who met at the weekend and I hope the information below helps answer them. Installing one way, vehicle initiated traffic control lights. The positioning of this light can be decided by the Road Safety Engineer. The purpose is to ensure that no 2 vehicle passes through the narrow access at the same time. This is specially important during the summer where there will be large vehicle coming in and going out. The assessment of the team is that this is not required, and temporary lights can be unreliable as they work on solar panels. We will continue to monitor the situation.
  2. To remove the loose vegetations that will cause a landslip by way of strong wind and/or rain. We hope that this is done in the next few days in a controlled and managed way, before Christmas as the residence will have family and guest visiting them. We will not be removing loose materials, as it would risk further destabilising the area.
  3. Enforce parking on only one side of the road by the beach. This appears to be an unrelated issue and will not be addressed as part of this process.
  4. There was significant damage to the house – 1 Ocean Parade due to rock falls from the above road. This small strip close to the edge is now unstable as such there should be warnings and alert system introduce in that area. A geotechnical assessment has raised no concerns about the stability of the road in this area. Some remedial work is planned.
  5. Could the council please advise us what are your plans for keeping the users of the road safe and with uninterrupted access during this peak season that is coming up. Our plans are outlined above.

Please share this information through your networks – and my thanks to Paul and the Pukerua Bay Residents Association who have helped spread our updates for your community.

Please note, while I am happy to be a contact for you, I will be away from 24 December to 17 January.

Until next year, enjoy a lovely Christmas and New Year – and let’s hope the weather is kind to us 😊

Ngā mihi
Claire

Claire Giblin (she/her)
Manager Customer Liaison – Transport
Kaiwhakahaere Takawaenga Kiritaki – Ikiiki

Pukerua Beach Road Sunday 19th Closure

There is concern over how the trees at the slipsites on Pukerua Beach Rd will behave in the winds forecast for tonight. A decision hase been made to close the road from around 10:00 tonight. The Downers’ crew on lookout will be doing a door knock of the houses on the beachfront.

4:00 PM Update Beach Road

The 4:00 pm update from PCC.
Good afternoon,
4pm Update:
Paekakariki Rd: No Change from previous update, tree cutting still ongoing. Road still likely to be closed until 7pm. (As per previous email there is access for residents only through to Battle Hill Farm)
Grays Rd: OPEN to all traffic there is some surface flooding still, Flooding and caution signs still in place.
Beach Rd: Open for residents only, closing at 8pm for safety reasons. Downer will continue to monitor it overnight.
We will continue to provide updates as required over the weekend, and our contact centre will operate as usual 24/7 with Palmerston North taking the evening and weekend calls.
Residents should continue to report any concerns to our enquiries team 04 237-5089.
Ngā mihi
Claire
Claire Giblin (she/her)
Manager Customer Liaison – Transport
Kaiwhakahaere Takawaenga Kiritaki – Ikiiki
www.poriruacity.govt.nz