Watch: 'Like Niagra Falls' - Napier orchard manager describes traumatic scenes as deluge of rain leaves crops waterlogged

A Napier orchard manager has described the dramatic scenes he witnessed in yesterday's torrential downpours as a jet boat was used to rescue people from a two-story house near his flooded orchard.

Cherry Orchard operational manager Jordan Alison described the flooding of the area as "like the Niagara Falls" when it broke through a stop bank the company constructed just months earlier.

He said there'll be a monetary loss from the event with the floodwaters damaging fence wires and pushing wooden posts out of place. Luckily, the 5000 cherry plants weren't in season for fruiting, but the waterlogged crops could still be damaged.

Yesterday morning, he said one tonne wooden post piles were pushed hundreds of metres by the flood waters. Some are now in the ocean along with a portaloo that was at the site. Large hay bales from the nearby farms are now sitting in the orchard.

Water in the orchard is thigh high in some areas. An underground flood pump has been set up to try and drain the crops.

Eskdale Holiday Park's owners say they were lucky, and that all of the guests on site at the time were happy to get out of there as the water rose.

Mr Alison says he used a jet boat yesterday to help a farmer rescue cows from floodwaters.  

More than 80 homes in Eskdale and Rissington are also being checked for flooding by buildings inspectors after yesterday's torrential rain.

There's no report back yet to the council over how many of the homes, deemed at risk from a helicopter flight yesterday, have actually flooded.

Hastings District Council spokesperson Diane Joyce says while the heavy rain was expected with severe weather warnings in place, the council didn't think the localised downpour in the areas just north of Napier would be so heavy and damaging.

It's too early to say whether monetary support from the council will be offered as they are still getting a grasp of how bad residential damage is.

Jo and Owen Bell say there were families living at the Eskdale Caravan Park whose belongings were washed away by the Esk River yesterday. Source: 1 NEWS

The catchment area of Esk River remains swollen. Ms Joyce said the local council and regional council would review whether more stop banks in the area were needed and if anything could have changed how flooded the rivers became.

Eskdale motor camp resident Jo Bell said they need answers from the council as to why the Esk River was dammed up, with the result when the water broke through turning the campground into a wasteland.

Campground cleaner Peter Stafford said the flood was a once in a lifetime event and didn't think any measures could have improved what happened, which no one expected. Mud and silt is so thick at the campsite that residents are struggling to walk through it.

Thirty years after the country's most costly storm hit the area, Cyclone Bola, many locals can't believe they're now cleaning up mess in the area again.

Many residents say while Cyclone Bola came over several days and caused more damage on the whole, the speed and impact of the flooding at Eskdale was worse this time round.

Jordan Alison's cherry orchard was turned into a lake in the torrential rains yesterday. Source: 1 NEWS



Auckland fares badly in quality of life survey

Aucklanders have the poorest sense of quality of life of people in eight New Zealand cities, a survey has found.

The Nielsen 2018 Quality of Life survey showed Tauranga had the best quality of life among the eight cities surveyed, with 91 percent of residents saying their quality of life was good.

Tauranga also scored highest for health, emotional wellbeing and appreciation of the natural environment.

Hutt City and Wellington were not far behind Tauranga in the quality of life stakes, with 90 and 89 percent of residents respectively saying their quality of life was good.

Only 79 percent of Aucklanders said their city was a great place to live, while 94 percent of Wellingtonians thought their city was a wonderful place to be.

Porirua residents had the dimmest view of their city, with just 72 percent saying it was great place to reside.

Just under half of respondents said housing costs were affordable - and Aucklanders were most likely to say housing was not affordable.

Housing was rated as most affordable in Dunedin, followed by Hutt City, Christchurch, and Tauranga.

Despite the high life satisfaction rating, Tauranga residents were most likely to say their city had become a worse place to live in the past 12 months. The two main reasons cited were increased traffic congestion and population.

At 83 percent, Tauranga's score for traffic frustration was significantly higher than any other city, with Auckland coming in next at 36 percent.

Christchurch residents said their city had become better over the past year more than residents of other cities, with 56 percent seeing improvements.

Good relationships, finances and health and wellbeing were the main reasons people cited for positive quality of life ratings.

Poor financial situations, health, and housing quantity, quality and cost were the main factors behind people giving negative quality of life ratings.

Just under a third of respondents living in the eight cities felt their quality of life had improved over the past year, while 13 percent felt it had declined.

Dunedin residents were most likely to see a decrease in quality of life.

Snapshots from the survey:

Overall quality of life comparisons with other cities:

Tauranga 91 percent

Hutt 90 percent

Wellington 89 percent

Dunedin 87 percent

Porirua 85 percent

Hamilton 84 percent

Christchurch 84 percent

Auckland 83 percent

Is your town a great place to live?

Wellington 94 percent

Dunedin 87 percent

Tauranga 86 percent

Hutt 81 percent

Auckland 79 percent

Hamilton 75 percent

Christchurch 73 percent

Porirua 72 percent

Do you feel a sense of pride in the look and feel of your area?

Wellington 89 percent

Dunedin 73 percent

Tauranga 66 per cent

Auckland 62 percent

Hamilton 53 percent

Hutt 50 percent

Christchurch 44 percent

Porirua 43 percent

Are your housing costs affordable?

Dunedin 65 percent

Hutt 58 percent

Christchurch 57 percent

Tauranga 56 percent

Hamilton 51 percent

Wellington 50 percent

Porirua 47 per cent

Auckland 41 percent

Reasons for positive quality of life rating

Lifestyle

Christchurch 40 percent

Tauranga 39 percent

Wellington 36 percent

Dunedin 35 percent

Hutt 34 percent

Porirua 33 percent

Auckland 32 percent

Hamilton 31 percent

Appreciation of natural environment

Tauranga 13 percent

Auckland 8 percent

Porirua 8 percent

Dunedin 8 percent

Wellington 7 percent

Hutt 5 percent

Christchurch 4 percent

Hamilton 3 percent

Health and Wellbeing

Dunedin 45 percent

Christchurch 45 percent

Tauranga 43 percent

Wellington 42 percent

Auckland 41 percent

Hamilton 41 percent

Hutt 40 percent

Porirua 40 percent

Relationships

Wellington 49 percent

Christchurch 49 percent

Tauranga 48 percent

Dunedin 45 percent

Auckland 44 percent

Hutt 44 percent

Porirua 44 percent

Hamilton 41 percent

Why has your city become a better place to live over the previous 12 months?

Improved amenities

Auckland 37 percent

Hutt 35 percent

Dunedin 32 percent

Tauranga 31 percent

Christchurch 24 percent

Wellington 22 percent

Porirua 20 percent

Hamilton 19 percent

Growth - economy and business

Tauranga 15 percent

Dunedin 12 percent

Hamilton 8 percent

Christchurch 7 percent

Porirua 7 percent

Hutt 5 percent

Wellington 3 percent

Auckland 3 percent

Good roads/roads being upgraded

Christchurch 16 percent

Tauranga 14 percent

Auckland 10 percent

Hamilton 10 percent

Hutt 8 percent

Wellington 6 percent

Dunedin 4 percent

Porirua 3 percent

Why has your city become a worse place to live over the last 12 months?

More traffic and traffic congestion

Tauranga 83 percent

Auckland 36 percent

Hamilton 32 percent

Wellington 29 percent

Hutt 25 percent

Dunedin 19 percent

Christchurch 7 percent

Increase in population

Tauranga 25 percent

Auckland 9 percent

Dunedin 7 percent

Hamilton 4 percent

Porirua 4 percent

Christchurch 3 percent

Hutt 2 percent

Wellington 1 percent

Infrastructure failing to keep up with demand

Tauranga 17 percent

Dunedin 9 percent

Auckland 7 percent

Hamilton 5 percent

Porirua 5 percent

Wellington 5 percent

Christchurch 2 percent

Hutt 2 percent

Homelessness

Wellington 44 percent

Tauranga 20 percent

Hamilton 19 percent

Hutt 16 percent

Dunedin 13 percent

Auckland 11 percent

Christchurch 9 percent

Porirua 7 percent

Crime rate increased

Hamilton 33 percent

Porirua 22 percent

Auckland 16 percent

Hutt 14 percent

Christchurch 12 percent

Tauranga 2 percent

Wellington 1 percent

Dunedin 0 percent

Lack of maintenance

Auckland 14 percent

Hutt 8 percent

Porirua 6 percent

Christchurch 6 percent

Dunedin 6 percent

Hamilton 5 percent

Wellington 2 percent

Tauranga 2 percent

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