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Flooding, Road closures, in parts of the North Island.


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« on: January 25, 2011, 07:31:34 am »

It takes ages to take that sort of photo with a digital camera. Basically you have to click and hope the shutter is open if a wave hits. Not easy in the wind. The 2006 picture was with a shutter speed of 1/30 second from memory. The ones from Sunday night were 1 sec exposures while balanced on an object that wasn't quite still. All those poles and the van were shaking in the wind. The flash proved to be next to useless as you can see from the two shots taken that way. The white dots are raindrops very close to the camera.

Not bad for a 5 year old point and shoot digital camera that had taken over 10,000 photos.

One of these days we will get a DSLR but things like a TV, hot water cylander, stove and fridge are further up the priority list at present.


I went back down to Milford for a walk last night when the tide was out. The beach has been lowered by up to 18 inches in places. The footing of the wall supporting the sewer are visible and one of the stair accesses is missing entirely. At the black reef end of the beach that sand the used to be built up against the wall so high that stairs weren't needed is gone. Only one gate in the property fences and walls along there is intact, the rest are broken or missing. Takapuna beach is similar at the north end.

At Black Rock Pump Station there is an older rock wall lying on its side still pretty much intact but completely horizonal. The board walk is missing several planks and an entire 8 foot section. A part from that there is little if any damage between there and Thorn Bay but the tide line is that far side of the rock walls and there is a fair bit of sand missing from Thorn Bay as well as unexpected sandy areas on parts of the reef.

I can't help wondering if there was any sea water infultration into Lake Pupuke. The only outlet to the lake it through cracks in the lava flow at that point and the cracks were flowing very freely. They all would have been below the water line during the high tides on Sunday.

This an newpaper photo of the only old house on the reef, the board walk in intact state, half the dipped section is gone now. Black Rock Pump Station is just out of shot to the right
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