Time is ticking for boat displaced by storm
An unidentified boat that ran aground on the shores north of Wellington, may be at the mercy of the authorities if its owner does not claim it soon.
The white bilge keeler broke away from the Onepoto boatsheds in Titahi Bay, Porirua, during last week's storm.
The powerful storm caused chaos across the Wellington region - felling trees, lifting roofs and damaging a grandstand at a Lower Hutt sports ground.
Harbourmaster Grant Nalder said the boat had recently been tied up to the northernmost boatshed on Onepoto Rd before being washed ashore.
Speaking to the boatshed owner, they were not aware of who owned the boat, he said.
It was now considered a wreck and has become a hazard for other seafarers to navigate.
"It needs to be removed or properly secured by 21 August," he said.
"We have to set a timeframe so something does happen. If no-one is found to be the owner, we will look at moving it, and given the age and condition, it's probable that it will be scrapped, unfortunately."
There is no formal registration system that makes tracking down the owner an easy task, he said.
"So, that is a bit of a problem. We will have to track down people and follow the leads.
"We don't want it sitting there for the next six months. It could get further damage, or if it breaks loose, could damage other boats, or just be a general nuisance."
Anyone with information about the owner of the boat can email the council on firstname.lastname@example.org.