July 14, 2014
Wet windy week tests Tai Tokerau resilience
Northland-based Labour list MP Kelvin Davis says residents are working together to clean up after the storm, but it’s clear work needs to be done to strengthen the region’s infrastructure.
State Highway 1 south of Kawakawa has washed out, meaning supplies of bread, fuel and other essentials are running short in the far north.
Mr Davis took part in the clean-up yesterday in Moerewa, which was extensively flooded.
He says the community is resilient.
"The funny thing is everyone is sort of like: 'Oh no, we're right, there's a nanny down the street there, her place is under, go and see her.' Everyone is sort of worried about everyone else and not worrying that they've got a big lake in their back yard or across the drive. It's always someone else is always worse off," Mr Davis says.
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