PHOTO: MATT SHAND/STUFF – House on Clem Elliot Dr, Matata, will be impacted.


They may have million dollar views but 34 properties in Matata have been labelled unlivable by Whakatane District Council.

Council voted nine to two to declare the houses unliveable as part of a “managed retreat”  following Cyclone Cook and Debbie at an extraordinary meeting on November 14.

In 2005 a torrential downpour washed boulders through the Awatariki stream causing more than $20 million worth of damage. Fearful of the same event occurring again council decided to remove residents from the area.