Firefighter still trapped after Muriwai slip

From Morning Report, 8:25 am on 15 February 2023

There have been two further deaths in the past 24 hours, both in Hawkes Bay.

Civil defence reported late last night that a woman in Putorino had died after a bank collapsed onto her home.

Police visited the property following a missing person's report and undertook rescue efforts but were unsuccessful, they said.

A body was found on the shore in Bay View, Napier shortly before eight-PM last night. It is not yet known if the death is connected to the flooding.

In Auckland, the search for a firefighter trapped under a collapsed house in Muriwai has resumed this morning.

Fire and Emergency says it's still holding out hope of finding Dave van Zwananberg in the wreckage today.

It is more than 24 hours since he went missing.

A colleague of his also caught in that slip has been identified as Craig Stevens - he's in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

Auckland councillor Shane Henderson spoke to Kim Hill.