Waiheke faces massive repairs after deluge hits school and business video

Waiheke Primary School principal Kathy Moy-Low shows how high the floods were on March 8.
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Waiheke Primary School principal Kathy Moy-Low shows how high the floods were on March 8.

A water delivery business and primary school are paying the cost of unprecedented rain that hit Waiheke Island last week.

Flooding at Waiheke Primary School on March 7 has taken its toll with parts of the main building unusable and damage to the school hall stage.

The school had to close during the following two days after knee-high deep rainwater flooded into the school's reception area, principal's office, staff areas and sick bay.

Waiheke Primary deputy principals Melissa Meyers and Olive Campbell said parents had rallied round to help move things ...
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Waiheke Primary deputy principals Melissa Meyers and Olive Campbell said parents had rallied round to help move things out of the wet and offer other help.

It also flooded the school hall and affected the chipboard stage and musical instruments stored there.

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An area at the back of the building called a 'pod' resembled a swimming pool the island has always wanted, principal Kathy Moye-Low said. 

Principal Kathy Moy-Low stands outside one of the school's many rooms affected by flood damage.
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Principal Kathy Moy-Low stands outside one of the school's many rooms affected by flood damage.

School staff are working out of a temporary staff room/reception and assessors are arriving today, March 14, to discuss a plan of action and timeline.

Moy-Low said when the extent of the flooding became apparent on Wednesday, Auckland MP Nikki Kaye and the Education Ministry were quick to respond.

"The Ministry brought in a great team at 11.30am on Wednesday, so we had help pretty quickly."

Waiheke Primary's reception and staff room have had to be relocated to temporary accommodation.
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Waiheke Primary's reception and staff room have had to be relocated to temporary accommodation.

Sections of the school have had to be roped off so repair work can be done unhindered and children are kept safe.

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Moy-Lowe said all the children were now back and able to use the classrooms although the damaged library and sick bay were off limits.

The sick bay has had to be relocated at the rear of the school.

Only Water boss Jesse Ball - before returning from a global water competition where his Imperial boutique range came ...
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Only Water boss Jesse Ball - before returning from a global water competition where his Imperial boutique range came second for packaging. Now he's having to rebuild his business.

Ostend, the area where the school is located, was particularly hard-hit with flooding and other casualties include Only Water.

The water delivery and boutique water products company is located in Tahi Rd.

It had to close its doors after floods caused extensive damage.

Only Water is closed for some time but its staff are being retained and paid.
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Only Water is closed for some time but its staff are being retained and paid.

Chief executive Jesse Ball said he went to inspect the building and yard after heavy rain woke him at 2.30am on March 8.

He said all the water delivery vehicles were submerged in around a metre of water and the downpour was gushing down the road in a torrent.

Ball said further inspection later in the day confirmed that blackwater (water from septic systems) had affected his company's buildings and trucks.

"Two years of my life have been dedicated to this company.

"I just watched it all go on Wednesday."

He said it would probably cost around $2.5m to rebuild but he'd be going ahead and would be keeping on his team of eight staff.

"We have a wonderful bunch of people now not able to work but they'll still get paid."

Meanwhile, a house on Karora Rd that had its pool and yard disappear after a cliff collapsed is being reported as stable.

And all the roads on the island are now open to the public apart from Oneroa's Tawa St, which is open to residents only.

Auckland Transport spokesman James Ireland said there had been around 45 slips, five flooding and three debris incidents throughout the island over the course of the storms.

"Work on the slips affecting Trig Hill Road continues and it is now open to one lane.

"A safety assessment has been done and it's safe to drive on," Ireland said.

"Cleanup crews are focusing on clearing culverts and slips which have affected water tables.

"They are beginning with the main roads and then moving on to roads with lower traffic volumes."

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