Hawkes Bay cleanup

 We spent the first few days of November on the East Coast of the North Island in the Hawkes Bay area for a little get-away. They are getting back to normal after the effects of Cyclone Gabrielle back in February. There were lives taken, homes lost and so many roads and bridges destroyed.

Much of the devastation was not due to the water, believe it or not. The cause of most of the problems was--is--due to logging slash washing down the hillside and filling up riverbeds. Slash is all the bits and pieces that loggers leave on the ground after they fell the trees and move on. So much of it has been scooped up, some farms just covered with the piles with no place for crops.

For some reason, pine trees grow seven times faster here than any other place, even if the quality is a bit lower, so there is a lot of logging going on. For years, we have seen slash on the hillsides and wondered why it's not sold (or even given away) as firewood  since most homes outside of the big cities have a fire burner for heat.

Here are some photos...

At the mouth of the Mohaka River

Slash still caught under this bridge.

Obviously, the laws concerning slash are being reviewed.

These are just the sad side of our trip. Happier photos are on my photo blog!


local alien said...

I've never heard of slash before. There sure is a lot of it. It does look like good firewood.
I hope those farmers can get their fields cleared. It was a real disaster

Michelle said...

I have also not heard of slash before. What a mess.

diane b said...

That is a sad story. I hope the laws are reviewed.

kiwimeskreations said...

Slash is a huge problem, and it needs to be addressed, I agree. Pity it took so much destruction to force the issue. I went to Gisborne earlier in the year, and it was heart breaking, seeing some of the destruction.
Thanks for sharing this

Jenn Jilks said...

Our kids visited NZ in the summer, your winter. They didn't see anything like this. It is a beautiful country.

DeniseinVA said...

I’m sorry about all of this. Never heard of slash before.