Motakiora/Brook Park top section closed until further notice
For health and safety reasons, Waitomo District Council has closed the top section of Motakiora/ Brook Park for ALL recreational use until further notice.
As a result of the weekend’s heavy rainfall event, a section of track to the summit is hazardous and a large slip has taken out part of the mountain bike track, which is also popular with walkers.
There is risk of further multiple slips and damage if the rain continues.
The rotunda and toilet is still accessible, however we urge residents and users to exercise caution if entering this area.
Signage advising of the closure will be erected onsite soon. Please do not venture into the red zone.
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Road Closures and Updates - June 2022

2 Jun 2022, 3:11 PM

15 June 2022
Our roading crew is currently clearing the slip blocking Pungarehu Road 
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14 June 2022 - 11.15am UPDATE

The weather is keeping our roading crew very busy. Crews are continuing with the clean up of slips, trees and washouts on Te Anga, Taharoa, Marokopa, Mangatoa, Soundy, Pomarangai, Aria, Totoro, Mokauiti, Mapara South, Tapuwae, Mangaokewa and Mangarino Roads.

We are continuing to receive information from the public (via our Service Request system) and also from onsite inspections. Crews are also being notified of any new issues that require urgent attention.

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10 June 2022  - 11.15am UPDATE

Roading crews continue to clean up slips to make safe for all our road users. However, constant rainfall continues to be challenge with sites needing to be cleared again. 

Please take extreme care while driving in our District – especially Te Anga, Taharoa, Marokopa, Mangatoa, Manganui, Aria, Waitahi Roads.

6 June 2022 -  11.30am UPDATE

The majority of the main slips were cleared on Friday and roads were kept open to one lane. The priority was to make sites safe, especially for the long weekend. One crew worked on Saturday morning on Mangatoa Road to continue what couldn’t be cleared on Friday.

Roading crews are currently checking and cleaning sites on Te Anga, Taharoa, Marokopa and Mangatoa Roads.

3 June 2022 -  1.15pm UPDATE
Inframax crews continue to clean up Marokopa Road, but this may take all weekend due to the continuous rain.
Parts of the road are still flooded, and high tide could be a problem, which may prove difficult for light vehicles trying to navigate through the flooded areas.
Please drive carefully in this area, be aware of the road conditions, and don’t venture out if you don’t need to.
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3 June 2022 - 11am UPDATE

Roading crews are continuing to clear slips and blocked culverts on Marokopa, Mangatoa, Te Anga, Taharoa, Te Waitere, Kawhia Harbour Roads. These were opened to one lane yesterday.

Flooding is also forcing some minor lane closures due to rising rivers/streams/tide.

 Other roads affected with flooding and small slips are Waimiha, Mangaiti, Aria, and Pukerimu.

Please drive carefully and be aware of the road conditions.

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3 June 2022 - 9.15am UPDATE
Marokopa Road is currently open, however clean up is still taking place. Please drive safely if in this area and be mindful of the Inframax crews.
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2 June 2022 - 3.45pm UPDATE
An Inframax crew is currently assessing the impact of the flooding and will work on clearing the road. However for safety reasons, this cannot be fully undertaken while the flood waters are still rising.
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2 June 2022 - 3pm:
Council is aware the road to Marokopa and Te Anga has flooded and is currently impassable.
Our roading department staff are currently responding. We will keep you updated as information comes to hand.
Please stay safe on our roads and do not venture out if you do not need to.
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2 June 2022 - 2.30pm:
Taumatatotara West Road has been physically closed off due to on-going safety concerns. An alternative access off Coutts Road has been provided for residents, workers, contractors and emergency vehicles.
Please do not try to access this road. Thank you for your understanding.