King Canute at Point Wells!

"Canute rebukes his courtiers" by Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville.

“Canute rebukes his Courtiers” by Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville.

On a beautiful still and sunny day, 22nd February, 2015, we visited Point Wells to observe the effects of the king tide i.e. a high tide of 3.7m.

We started at the new subdivision off Point Wells road to encounter the tide rushing in under the boardwalk and up the drain! The water didn’t just flow up the drain, it submerged the adjacent gravel path, flowed through the concrete culvert, under the road and bubbled up through the drain cover on the other side to continue its flow along that drain until the peak of the tide was passed and the water returned back into the harbour. Fortunately there had been no rain events to interfere with this natural phenomenon. I do wonder why building sections are pegged out into the tide and what has happened to the previous reserve strip which buffered sections from sea inundation. There were no waves or wind on this day to undermine the waters edge.
At Point Wells riverside and reserve holidaymakers were enjoying the high tide by swimming, paddleboarding or sailing in the gentle breeze. The water was to the top of the seawall and had lapped over in a couple place

Surveyor's white peg in the tide

Surveyor’s white peg in the tide

White surveyor's peg in the tide

White surveyor’s peg in the tide

Survey peg in the tide

Survey peg in the tide

Drain and footpath under water

Drain and footpath under water

Seawater flowing through subdivision drain system

Seawater flowing through subdivision drain system

Inundation at Point Wells Reserve

Inundation at Point Wells Reserve

Steps and seawall at Point Wells Reserve

Steps and seawall at Point Wells Reserve

Comments

  1. I have been considering the legal position on this and similar subdivisions and development. It seems to me that the Council cannot issue a Resource Consent for an illegal activity – which this is under the Resource management Act and the clause dealing with Foreshore and Seabed ownership.
    The Council had known for some years there was a problem here and the surveyor must have known as he lives at Point Wells! The RC was therefore issued with knowledge of its illegality by all concerned. So what to do?

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