- Connect: People's Panel
- Engagement Process
- Ways to Have Your Say
- Tangata Whenua
- Our communities
Workshop Six – Sunday 23rd February 2014: Facilitated by Ian Smith (Afternoon Session)
After introducing the workshop Ian invited participants to share their stories/experiences of flooding at Waihi Beach.
The owner of a property at Beach Road spoke about the 2012 event when flood waters entered the property. This person expressed frustration at not being listened to (spoke to Council 6 years ago about this, disappointed when nothing happened). The resident expressed feelings of humiliation and likened it to being ‘kicked in the guts’; ‘it’s heart breaking’. Resident has now moved from the area. The house is up for sale but cannot sell due to issues. Council signed off the downstairs area. How in major flood zone. Family and children have been affected by this.
Another participant spoke of strong feelings about Council’s performance in terms of dealing with maintenance.
A resident from Bowentown, although not experiencing personal flood issues as the house was up on poles, spoke about flood water having to be pumped across the road in the park. It floods the children’s play area.
Workshop attendees were then asked to write down on Post-it notes what issues were created for the community/property owners when it flooded:
Consultation has concluded