Access to Cape Kidnappers remains closed to pedestrians and vehicles while further information is gathered about the landslide.
Hastings district councillors were verbally updated yesterday (Thursday, January 31) by the expert geologist who is gathering data to inform councillors of the status of the area.
Further work is needed to complete this assessment, which is being carried out with urgency.
The council will not make any decisions on whether or not to re-open access from Clifton Beach until it receives the geologist’s report, which will include potential risks in the area.
Although the timeframe is uncertain, the council is committed to making a decision as soon as possible.
In the meantime public safety remains a priority, and people are instructed to stay away from this area until further notice.
Hastings mayor Sandra Hazlehurst said the council recognises that Cape Kidnappers is one of the region’s most popular visitor attractions – both for our local community and visitors. It is iconic to Hastings and Hawke’s Bay, and is regarded as a national treasure.
“While it’s disappointing that we have had to close access for now, public safety is our first priority.
“We are working closely with local businesses, the Department of Conservation, NZ Police and the community to ensure we make the best decision as soon as possible.”
The council will continue to update the public on progress.
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