12 Jan 2018

Dozen Kaiaua homes left unlivable after huge storm

10:00 am on 12 January 2018

A dozen homes in the settlement of Kaiaua have been left uninhabitable by last week's storm.

Kaiaua after flooding.

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Wild weather and a king tide combined to cause widespread flooding along both coasts of the Firth of Thames.

Locals described the storm as the worst they had seen in decades and the Hauraki District Council's assessment of the impact on Kaiaua has born that out.

Kaiaua after flooding.

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

The council has inspected 241 buildings in the area and found 12 are uninhabitable, 72 moderately damaged and 157 lightly damaged.

Three rural properties have also been left uninhabitable.

Get the RNZ app

for ad-free news and current affairs