Is the Whakatane Council able to help where houses are built at the bottom of cliff faces in Whakatane and Ohope?

Rotorua coroner Wallace Bain asked the question yesterday at the inquest of the death of Hughie Biddle who was seventeen years died tragically in 2011.

It was raining heavily when a portion of the cliff face crashed onto the home Hughie Biddle was living, and crushed it. The inquest included a request by Wallace Bain whether the Whakatane Council can help homes at the base of cliffs and alert them to danger.

Whakatane Council spokesperson David Bewley said they have no process to warn people of landslide threat, and legally they can not enforce evacuations.

Me whakarite te Kaunihera o Whakatane he rongoa mo nga whare kei te putake o nga aro pari i Whakatane me Ohope. He inoi tenei na Wallace Bain, tohunga nana o Rotorua inanahi i a ia e whakawa ana i te matenga o Hughie Biddle tekau ma whitu tau tona pakeke i tana aitua i te tau rua mano ngahuru ma tahi. I te tekau ma waru o Pipiri i te tau rua mano ngahuru ma tahi e kaha ua ana a taka mai tetahi wahanga o te aro pari ki runga i te kainga e noho ana a Hughie Biddle kotehia. He uiuinga na Wallace Bain kia kitea ai he huarahi mo nga iwi e noho ana i raro i nga aro pari a kei hea te Kaunihera o Whakatane i nga nekenekehanga. Hei nga korero a David Bewley o Te Kaunihera o Whakatane kare kau a ratau mahinga mena he whakaweti horowhenua me te whakaaro kare kau pea he ture mo ratau.