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Cape Kidnappers landslide update - 7 February

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A second significant slip, similar in size to the first recent landslide at Cape Kidnappers, has again increased the instability in the area requiring further ongoing geologist assessments.

This additional work means that any decision about re-opening beach access will be delayed. 

The Hastings District Council installed signage noting the closure to all pedestrian and vehicle access to Cape Kidnappers along the beach from Clifton after the initial landslide on Wednesday, January 23.

On Saturday, February 2, another large slip, similar in size to the first, occurred next to the first one, and a further smaller slip may have occurred the following day, Sunday February 3.

Two people who were walking in the area on Saturday narrowly escaped being in the path of this second rockfall, and were very shaken.

On inspecting the site the geologist engaged by the council warned there was a lot of loose material in the vicinity and that further rockfalls were likely.

The council is working with the geologist, with further information now required to monitor the changing environment and the hazards remaining in this highly active area.

On Thursday last week it was decided that in the interest of public safety access would not be re-opened until a geologist’s report, which is being undertaken with urgency, was completed.

Public safety is a priority, and people are urged to heed the signs that have been placed at the beach and stay away from the area until further notice.

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