Big clean up ahead

01:16, Jun 11 2014
Rodney after storm 1
MACRO MASH: A huge macrocarpa tree smashed into this two-storey Arkles Bay home in North Auckland.
Rodney after storm 1
HOLY BLOW: Contractors remove scaffolding which blew off St John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Orewa onto Daphne Gilmore’s roof.
Rodney after storm 1
CLEAN UP: A contractor removes branches blocking Kauri Rd in Stanmore Bay.
Rodney after storm 1
SHRINK SHED: A home at the corner of Grand View and Grovernor Drive in Orewa, North Auckland, had its building wrap shredded, with workmen doing repairs this morning.
Rodney after storm 1
FALLEN APART: Shaun Burgess of Red Beach looks over a shed which collapsed during the night.
Rodney after storm 1
PUSHED OVER: A chimney came down on Mangatawhiri Way, Omaha.
Rodney after storm 1
BRANCHING OUT: A tree branch envelops a garage at Broadlands Drive, Omaha.
Rodney after storm 1
LIGHTS OUT: Fire engines check a gum tree on the Te Ara Tahuna Estuary walkway and cycleway on Moffat Rd in Red Beach, Auckland, which took out a lamp-post.

Cleanup will continue well into the weekend after this morning's near-hurricane winds caused extensive damage across the Hibiscus Coast and Rodney.

Winds of up to 150kmh hit the Whangaparaoa Peninsula after midnight, causing widespread destruction with trees down, power cuts, and debris strewn across roads and property.

Damage is estimated to run in to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Trampolines and letter boxes turned into missiles and trees fell on lines, cutting power to about 20,0000 Auckland region homes and businesses at the storm's height, power supply company Vector said.

Nearly 70,000 customers lost power in the northern network but power has been restored to most by mid-morning.

More than 600 incidents were reported to emergency services, 126 of those were wind damage to buildings, Auckland Civil Defence said.


Seventeen of the buildings were considered significantly damaged.

Better weather is expected for the weekend, aiding cleanups, although Civil Defence warns king tides will occur during the weekend and next week.

Rain wasn't as bad as first feared in the Rodney region and Northland Civil Defence said its region escaped better than expected, despite two months worth of rain being dumped in three days.

170 millimetres of rain fell at Kaipara Flats in Rodney between 9am on Monday and 8am today, Roger MacKenzie of Horse Riding Warkworth said.

Rodney MP Mark Mitchell invited people affected by the storm to raise any issues or seek advice through him.

He was handling inquiries at Whangaparaoa Library this morning.


An Orewa woman had a quick ''praying session'' when scaffolding blew off St John the Evangelist Catholic Church on to her roof in Grand Drive, Orewa.

Daphne Gilmore, 85, woke about 11pm and rang her landlord, who called emergency services, when she realised the framing was crashing against her fence.

''I was on the phone to him and all of a sudden there was a big crash and a big piece came down on the roof.''

Firefighters laid the scaffolding flat to prevent further damage.

Contractors arrived this morning to remove the damaged section on her roof.

Gilmore says the loud crash was the worst moment.

''It didn't really faze me,'' she says. ''I  did have a praying session for a bit though. That must have helped because nothing serious happened.''


Kings Plant Barn Silverdale manager Sheena McDonald was shocked to find three of their shed's big corrugated side panels littering the Hibiscus Coast Highway car park.

''I knew it would be a mess but I didn't expect to see this,'' she said.

''The whole side of the building was gone. We're used to plants being blown over and pots smashed but not like this.''

McDonald hoped to have repairs done by tomorrow with the business remaining open throughout.

''It's lucky it happened when it did at night and not when people are here,'' she said.

''That's the main thing, no-one got hurt.''

Rodney Times