The first part of it was with parent body, Wairoa District Council, which brought them in to help out after the devastation of 1988's Cyclone Bola. The old Wairoa bridge was destroyed during Cyclone Bola. Cyclone Bola Next. © Crown Copyright. 07 Mar 1988. The second bridge was opened in 1933 and destroyed by Cyclone Bola in 1988. Rain in the headwaters of the Wairoa River caused the biggest headache for the town of Wairoa and its neighbouring farmers in the aftermath of Cyclone Bola. The cyclone slowed as it moved over the area, resulting in over three days of torrential rain. Chapter 6   Restoration & Construction  -  The planning and contruction of the new High Level Wairoa Bridge. Hawkes Bay Today. The bridge crossing the river is the third to be here – the last one was swept away by Cyclone Bola in 1988. In 1988 the road to Waerenga-O-Kuri became the road to nowhere. The first bridge was built in 1888 and damaged in the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake. with some locations receiving more than half of their annual rainfall totals from the storm. OLD WAIROA TOWN & COUNTRY has 11,367 members. blow: the bridge linked the two sides of the town and Floods accompanying Cyclone Bola threatened to overtop the river banks and inundate the Hawke’s Bay town of Wairoa on 7 March 1988. Wairoa on 7 March 1988. Water Restriction Alerts No Restrictions. On March 4 Bola transitioned into an extra tropical storm, passing to the north of the North Island of New Zealand on March 8. Phil well remembers its impact.“We did all sorts of work but the job I probably recall best is working in the rain sandbagging the town to protect from the flood waters caused by Bola” he says. The central span of the bridge across the Wairoa River was washed away. Cyclone Bola hit the Gisborne district destroying or damaging many farms. This television footage shows flooding that seriously affected the transport routes serving Wairoa. This is the offical RSS Feed of the National Civil Defence website. All non-text content is subject to specific conditions. Flooding killed three people when their car was swept away. The downpours triggered innumerable landslides on the region's hillside pastures. A total of 1,765 farmers were affected by the flooding, 330 people evacuated. Cyclone Bola East Cape Region. On March 4, Bola transitioned into an extratropical storm, passi… The second bridge was opened in 1933 and destroyed by Cyclone Bola in 1988. PHOTO/FILE . Lake Waikaremoana is formed in the rock fall-dammed headwaters of a tributary, the Waikaretaheke, which has a confluence with the Waiau River 14 miles from the coast. It formed on February 24 to the north of Fiji, and tracking generally southwestward it reached hurricane-force winds near Vanuatu on February 28. It took 21 months for life to return to as it had been. All text licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 New Zealand Licence unless otherwise stated. It was badly damaged during the cyclone which enabled the situation to be rectified. The old Wairoa bridge was destroyed during Cyclone Bola. The present bridge was opened in February 1990 by Queen Elizabeth II. If any information is incorrect please contact us with corrections. The 1970 Bhola cyclone was a devastating tropical cyclone that struck East Pakistan (present-day Bangladesh) and India's West Bengal on November 11, 1970. The cyclone first affected Fiji, where it produced gale force winds and strong waves. carried the water supply and sewerage pipes. All the Cyclone Bola Photos below were taken in Wairoa Northern Hawkes Bay by local Wairoa Photographers. Understand []. Chapter 4   Isolation & Transitional  -  Initial response to Wairoa's total isolation from the outside world. across the Wairoa River was washed away. Cyclone Bola (L) lying to the north of New Zealand. The forcus of this article as stated above is the Wairoa Township. Now I can give back to the region.” CEO Nigel Pollock. It’s more than 30 years since Cyclone Bola caused flooding in the Nuhaka River, forcing it to create a new channel at the base of a hill. About 300 people were evacuated in Wairoa and debris destroyed the central span of the town's bridge across the Wairoa River. Cyclone Bola, one of the most damaging cyclones to hit New Zealand, struck the Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne–East Cape region in March 1988. An area that did not break any precipitation records and yet suffered by far during and after than anywhere else in New Zealand, as regard to day to day living. The roading repair bill from Cyclone Bola totalled $25 million ($42,600,000 2008 dollars). miles. As the waters flow down from the higher catchment area, as shown in the map below, the speed of the current picks up momentum sweeping everything within its path along the swollen rivers into the basin funnel - The Wairoa River. To begin with, the tropical air in the cyclone was very warm and humid and so contained a large amount of water vapour. Wairoa River at Marumaru: peak recorded level = 14.587m (cyclone “Bola” level in Mar.1988 = 16.600m) water level rise = approx. Cyclone Bola caused more than $3.5 million ($5,960,000 2008 dollars) worth of damage along a 20-km stretch of coastal South Taranaki. Cyclone Bola started to form in the Pacific on February 24, 1988, and hammered most of the North Island, but particularly Northland, Bay of Plenty, East Cape and northern Hawke's Bay. To begin with, the tropical air in the cyclone was very warm and humid and so contained a large amount of water vapour. Permission of the New Zealand Herald must be obtained before any re-use of this image. the sea floor in their nets for several months after the storm. Photos illustrate far more detail than words ever could. Chapter 5   Provisional & Interim  -  Alternative transport routes provided to access both Wairoa north and south. Wairoa is unusual within New Zealand as having a larger Maori population (61%) than European. It formed on February 24 to the north of Fiji, and tracking generally southwestward it reached hurricane-force winds near Vanuatu on February 28. In 1990 Wairoa won the last New Zealand Top Town Final in the original Top Town series and were the reigning champs until the series started again in 2009. Floods accompanying Cyclone Bola threatened to overtop the river banks and inundate the Hawke’s Bay town of Wairoa on 7 March 1988. Heavy rainfall totals of up to and over 300 mm were also observed in the regions of Auckland and Northland. [1]. Finish. We would like your stories and memories from during those Bola months and plan to add pages from your contributions. On the 30th anniversary of Cyclone Bola more than 300mm of rain was recorded in 24 hours. 08 Mar 1988. [5] The system was subsequently named Bola by the Fiji Meteorological Service during the next day, after it had become a Category 1 tropical cyclone on the Australian tropical cyclone intensity scale. Cyclone Bola. The present bridge was opened in February 1990 by Queen Elizabeth II. Winds of up to 100 kilometres per hour toppled trees and tore off roofs. The next day it generated peak wind velocities of 195 km/h (120 mph), though it quickly weakened as it accelerated southward. The trip happened several times prior to being transported 40 kilometres by road to be placed near the old Wairoa bridge. The torrential rain had been falling since 6 March, and continued for three days non-stop. Flooding can be a problem, the present day bridge was built after 1988 when cyclone Bola destroyed the existing link across Te Wairoa (The long river.) 2. One 11,000-hectare catchment deposited a million tonnes of sediment into the Waipaoa River. The shape of the catchment is that of a nearly regular triangle with its apex on the coast of Hawkes Bay. Cyclone Bola was one of the costliest cyclones in the history of New Zealand, causing severe damage as an extratropical cyclone when it passed near the country in March 1988. OLD WAIROA TOWN & COUNTRY began on October 26th, 2012. Wairoa is a town in New Zealand's North Island. It formed on February 24 to the north of Fiji, and tracking generally southwestward it reached hurricane-force winds near Vanuatuon February 28. as shown in the map below. The most publicised "victim" of the cyclone was the loss of the Wairoa Bridge. One of the most damaging cyclones to hit New Zealand was Cyclone Bola, which struck the Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne–East Cape region in March 1988. It was a devastating blow to all the farmers. 25 Mar 1988. Mar 11, 2016 - Cyclone Bola Wairoa on 7 March 1988 New Zealand Cyclone Bola was one of the costliest cyclones in the history of New Zealand, causing severe damage as an extratropical cyclone when it passed near the country in March 1988. It also had a large and lasting effect on the rivers of the area when it deposited a large amount of sediment, as recorded in the sedimentary record of Lake Tutira, south of Wairoa. " I’ve always had a desire to serve the Wairoa community, a community that welcomed me here 14 years ago. Cyclone Bola Wairoa. The central span of the bridge across the Wairoa River was washed away. Eileen McSaveney, 'Floods - Southland floods and Cyclone Bola', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/4891/bridge-washout-after-cyclone-bola (accessed 25 December 2020), Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 1 Aug 2017. Cyclone Bola was one of the costliest cyclones in the history of New Zealand, causing severe damage as an extratropical cyclone when it passed near the country in March 1988. The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Wairoa is a town of 4,000 people in northern Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.. The heaviest rainfall totals were recorded in the Gisborne and northern Hawkes Bay regions. The present day bridge was built after 1988 when Cyclone Bola destroyed the previous bridge. 2400 m3/s slightly less than 1 in 20 year return period flow Waiau River at Otoi: peak recorded level = 3.879m (cyclone “Bola” level in Mar.1988 = 4.914m) A joint effort to realign Nuhaka River has reopened land access and is helping prevent further environmental damage. Four spans of the then 55-year-old bridge collapsed at 6.25am. Not a cyclone dumping up to a metre of rain. Chapter 8   Memories & Recollections  -  Personal stories and recollections contributed by our Readers. The town lies on both sides of the big Wairoa River, with the main part on the south bank. Three people were killed due to flooding, and hundreds were evacuated when a swollen river threatened Wairoa. Cyclone Bola. Cyclone Bola (L) lying to the north of New Zealand. These pages only cover the Wairoa area in brief and is as factual as the people contributing can remember. Understand []. The Wairoa Jaycees Club raised £500 or NZD$21,000 toward funding the reconstruction. Floods accompanying Cyclone Bola threatened to overtop the river banks and inundate the Hawke’s Bay town of Wairoa on 7 March 1988. FRASERTOWN. It’s more than 30 years since Cyclone Bola caused flooding in the Nuhaka River, forcing it to create a new channel at the base of a hill. [5][6] After completing its first cyclonic loop during February 29, Bola started to move south-eastwards, before it performed a second cyclonic loop during the next day. It was a serious blow: the bridge linked the two sides of … OLD WAIROA TOWN & COUNTRY began on October 26th, 2012. Visitors have a good choice of accommodation and eateries as well as numerous retail outlets that make this more than just a service town. Cave was president of Gisborne-Wairoa Federated Farmers when Bola struck. [2], The Wairoa River 'long river' runs south for 65 kilometres from the inland east coast and is the drainage basin for an extremely large area which includes Lake Waikaremoana, “I ran to get ahead to get a photo, but it kept up with me. It was a serious blow: the bridge linked the two sides of … Two large tributaries drain from the north, the Ruakituri River, from Maungapohatu (4,482 ft) and the Hangaroa River with Bola caused severe damage to the North Island of New Zealand, where heavy rainfall peaked at 917 mm (36.1 in) in Gisborne Region in 3 days. Cyclone Bola was one of the costliest cyclones in the history of New Zealand, causing severe damage as an extratropical cyclone when it passed near the country in March 1988. The central span of the bridge across the Wairoa River was washed away. One of the worst cyclones to reach New Zealand was Bola, which hit the north and east of the North Island on 7 March 1988. The cyclone… Start. Cyclone Bola was one of the costliest cyclones in the history of New Zealand, causing severe damage as an extratropical cyclone when it passed near the country in March 1988. Cyclone Bola brought devastation when it hit during March 1988. Wairoa is a town and territorial authority district in New Zealand's North Island. [2] Flooding killed three people when a car was swept away. So cast your mind back and tell us how Cyclone Bola affected you in March 1988. Finish. 9:00 PM. It was a devastating blow to all the farmers. We have finally put together a Summary of Events regarding the damage, destruction, disruption and the restoration that occurred in Wairoa, Hawkes Bay that we hope you will find interesting. But that's all it is – a thunderstorm. It formed on February 24 to the north of Fiji, and tracking generally southwestward it reached hurricane-force winds near Vanuatu on February 28. It is 118 kilometres northeast of Napier, and 92 kilometres southwest of Gisborne. Cyclone Bola struck the north and east coast of New Zealand's North Island in March 1988. A huge landslide at the local quarry blocked the stream causing it to form a five kilometre long lake which ended up being called Lake French. Ever since then the river has carved away at the hill aggravating a massive, slow-moving slip. Frasertown is a small rural settlement west of Wairoa, with a long history. Cyclone Bola, March 1988. Wairoa River at Marumaru: peak recorded level = 14.587m (cyclone “Bola” level in Mar.1988 = 16.600m) water level rise = approx. Te Puia Springs weather station recorded the highest of 419 mm (16.5 in) in a 24 hour period on the 8th of March. A comprehensive diagnostic study of the extra tropical precipitation can be read here: Tropical Cyclone Bola written by Mark R. Sinclair. Te Ara, The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. The combined catchment of these two is 545 sq. It was 30 years ago when Cyclone Bola 'smashed its way ' into northern Hawke's Bay. A Hictoric Summary covering the rest of New Zealand during Cyclone Bola may be found at the NZ Weather Forum. Two deaths were attributed to Cyclone Bola in Gisborne and 4 deaths indirectly in Wairoa with 1 subsequent death. We have posted contact links at the bottom of page 7 for anyone who can help build on what we have so far. A number of factors combined to make the rain so exceptionally heavy. In Te Karaka, Gisborne, a flooded river forced 500 residents to evacuate. In the Wairoa Township the water level rose up as high as the curbing along the side of Marine Parade. Tropical Cyclone Bola written by Mark R. Sinclair. Both the main State Highway and the rail lines north and south were closed in several places due to slips and water flooding. Floods accompanying Cyclone Bola threatened to overtop Reconstruction - 1960 Tower reconstructed with original lenses and lantern on Marine Parade, Wairoa. Three days of continuous rainfall led to landslides, mudslides, flooding, and erosion. Heavy rain in the area resulted in landslides, cuts to power and sewage services, and closed a number of roads.Three people died when the car they were in was swept away by floodwaters. The most publicised "victim" of the cyclone was the loss of the Wairoa Bridge. The maximum rainfall total over those days attributed to the storm was 917 mm, reported at a station near Tologa Bay. It formed on February 24 to the north of Fiji, and tracking generally southwestward it reached hurricane-force winds near Vanuatu on February 28. Cyclone Bola (made at 2100 hrs). 13,500 tonnes of tomatoes, and several million dollars in vegetables for the local market. Cyclone Bola was one of the costliest cyclones in the history of New Zealand, causing severe damage as an extratropical cyclone when it passed near the country in March 1988. Many living along the river front were also evacuated when the swollen Wairoa river threatened Wairoa properties. Cyclone Bola passed through the Wairoa township, peaking on the 6th and the 7th of March 1988, severely flooding many areas, lifting roofs off buildings and uprooting many trees. In 1988 the road to Waerenga-O-Kuri became the road to nowhere. The central span of the bridge The Photo above was taken on the 9th of March looking across paddocks towards Waihere Road. The above shows the Southern end of the old Wairoa Bridge and the below the Northern end of the bridge. In 1988 this doubled as a result of Cyclone Bola. It also lies on the Palmerston North-Gisborne railway, though passenger services ceased in 1988 following Cyclone Bola. Thick sediment from the ebbing floods smothered pastures, orchards, and crops ready for harvest. Wairoa Bridge, a 12 span, 200 m long structure, situated in Wairoa township in New Zealand, was badly damaged as a result of Cyclone Bola in March 1988. The Black and White shot half way down was taken from a local district newspaper. Floods accompanying Cyclone Bola threatened to overtop the river banks and inundate the Hawke’s Bay town of Wairoa on 7 March 1988. [1], Flooding from Cyclone Bola had a devastating effect on horticulture in the East Coast region. If you wanted to get to town you had to go the long way back through Wairoa … It formed on February 24 to the north of Fiji, and tracking generally southwestward it reached hurricane-force winds near Vanuatu on February 28. Brenstrum rates Cyclone Bola alongside the most momentous storms to hit New Zealand, in 1868, 1918, 1936 and the Wahine storm of 1968. Bridge washout at Wairoa after Cyclone Bola (NZ Herald/newspix.co.nz) Cyclone Bola, one of the most damaging storms to hit New Zealand, struck Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne–East Cape in March 1988. Wairoa has an attractive shopping centre alongside the river. The Table below clearly lays out the daily Rainfall Data during the days of Cyclone Bola in 1988 on the East Coast of the North Island. The damaged crops included 3,000 tonnes of grapes, 1,300 tonnes of squash, 7,000 tonnes of sweet corn, Wairoa insurance losses (excluding EQC) were $3.79m (1991) Floods – Tairawhiti. 2400 m3/s slightly less than 1 in 20 year return period flow Waiau River at Otoi: peak recorded level = 3.879m (cyclone “Bola” level in Mar.1988 = 4.914m) Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 New Zealand Licence. The torrential rain fell continuously for three days with vengeance. Storm damage was heaviest in Gisborne, Tologa Bay and Wairoa, where rain destroyed or damaged several roads and bridges. When Cyclone Bola struck on Monday 7 March, 1988, the East Coast of the North Island suffered devastating floods. The Gisborne Herald reported that it took just three seconds for Bola to destroy the bridge over the Wairoa River. Cyclone Bola was one of the costliest cyclones in the history of New Zealand, causing severe damage as an extratropical cyclone when it passed near the country in March 1988. Floods accompanying Cyclone Bola threatened to overtop the river banks and inundate the Hawke’s Bay town of Wairoa on 7 March 1988. New Zealand. In Vanuatu, Bola dropped heavy rainfall, which destroyed two bridges and caused $5 million in damage. Cyclone Bola passed through the Wairoa township, peaking on the 6th and the 7th of March 1988, severely flooding many areas, lifting roofs off buildings and uprooting many trees. FRASERTOWN. “It was amazing how quickly it went,” said then Wairoa District Councillor Denys Cave. If anyone has some photos of the old Wairoa Bridge, that was built in 1933, we would welcome the use of them. WAIROA BRIDGE. Map from 7th March 1988. It was carted three kilometres across the Island down to the landing onto a launch which ferried 20 kilometres across the sea to Waikokopu Wharf. Ever since then the river has carved away at the hill aggravating a massive, slow-moving slip. Over the years we have had numerous requests concerning information, photos and what it was like living through Cyclone Bola. 25 years since Cyclone Bola Posted by wwadmin on Wed, 27/03/2013 - 09:00 Filed in:News This month is the 25th anniversary since Cyclone Bola hammered eastern areas of the North Island. All photos are the property of Wairoa.net and are not for distribution. ... States of emergency were declared in Wairoa, Gisborne and the East Cape. Evacuation of many people was done by horse and helicopters. The combination of flood created scour, debris, and hydraulic forces caused the loss of six of the spans. “It was amazing how quickly it went,” said then Wairoa District Councillor Denys Cave. Wairoa is a town of 4,000 people in northern Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.. Start. Wairoa is a town in New Zealand's North Island. The bridge crossing the river is the third to be here – the last one was swept away by Cyclone Bola in 1988. These costs were in addition to the $30 million spent annually on flood protection, and millions more spent on insurance (Ericksen, 1986; Ministry for the Environment, 1992; Ministry of Civil Defence, 1994). Chapter 1   Inundation & Devastation  -  Introduction and background information regarding Cyclone Bola throughout New Zealand. Cyclone Bola created some of the heaviest rainfall totals for a single storm in the history of New Zealand, The weather system slowed as it moved over the area, bringing torrential rain for … The town is the northernmost in the Hawke's Bay region, and is located on the northern shore of Hawke Bay at the mouth of the Wairoa River and to the west of Mahia Peninsula. Finally thank you to all those that have allowed us the use of your photographs. Chapter 2   Disintegration & Destruction  -  The collapse of the Wairoa Bridge and all Service Utilities. The roading repair bill from Cyclone Bola totalled $25 million ($42,600,000 2008 dollars). This television footage shows flooding that seriously affected the transport routes serving Wairoa. Te … Those daily rain totals are almost unbelievable and certainly explain why these regions suffered such extreme flooding. “I ran to get ahead to get a photo, but it kept up with me. Cyclone Bola hit the Gisborne district destroying or damaging many farms. 17 Mar 1988. These two photos have been all I can find so far of the old bridge. Both the main State Highway and the rail lines north and south were closed in several places due to slips and water flooding. It formed on February 24 to the north of Fiji, and tracking generally southwestward it reached hurricane-force winds near Vanuatu on February 28. The Wairoa River could not cope with the deluge of water flowing down from the catchment area and the water flowed over her banks across fields, roads, rail lines and through buildings and homes. The next day it generated peak wind velocities of 195 km/h (120 mph), though it quickly weakened as it accelerated southward. Fill out the form. 14.0m peak recorded flow rate = approx. It weakened further and was absorbed by a stationary trough near the South Island on March 12. Cyclone bola courtesy wairoa college Meteorological history The system that was to become Severe Tropical Cyclone Bola was first noted during February 24, as a depression that had developed within the South Pacific Convergence Zone about 850 km (530 mi) to the north-east of Nadi, Fiji. ... Brenstrum rates Cyclone Bola … Map from 7th March 1988. The catchment area is around 3,660 km (1,415 square miles), almost all of it soft Tertiary rocks, and much of it rugged and forested. Some farmers lost 30% of their grazing area, with landslide scars taking decades to heal. It was 30 years ago when Cyclone Bola 'smashed its way ' into northern Hawke's Bay. The central span of the bridge across the Wairoa River was washed away. Chapter 7   Unification & Celebration  -  The Opening of the new Wairoa Bridge and the unity of the Wairoa township. Tropical Cyclone Bola was one of the costliest cyclones in the history of New Zealand, causing severe damage as an extra tropical cyclone when it passed near the country in March 1988. We also hope when the Wairoa people read this page it will bring back memories they will be willing to share and especially old photos they may have tucked away. $1.2 m ($2,040,000 2008 dollars) of production was lost. Large amounts of horticultural produce were swept into the sea and fishing boats dredged fruit from News; Nuhaka River realignment rectifies historic cyclone damage. The first bridge was built in 1888 and damaged in the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake. Rain in the headwaters of the Wairoa River caused the biggest headache for the town of Wairoa and its neighbouring farmers in the aftermath of Cyclone Bola. All input is welcome. Heavier rain had started falling on Sunday night and had continued throughout Monday. ... Wairoa District Council cannot accept any liability for its accuracy or content. Share this item Post to … accounting for about 3,600 hectares (8,900 acres) of damaged crop fields and about $90 million in crop damage. Civil Defence AlertsNo Emergency. Much of the catchment of the Wairoa is very little known and is probably the most difficult country in the North Island. In the early hours of Tuesday morning warnings were issued that the Wairoa Bridge was under threat. Cyclone Bola. A number of factors combined to make the rain so exceptionally heavy. One of the worst cyclones to reach New Zealand was Bola, which hit the north and east of the North Island on 7 March 1988. It also lies on the Palmerston North-Gisborne railway, though passenger services ceased in 1988 following Cyclone Bola. The cyclone was the largest to be recorded in 93 years of rainfall records. 9 March 1988. One of the worst cyclones to reach New Zealand was Bola, which hit the north and east of the North Island on 7 March 1988. Chapter 3   Survival & Tragedy  -  The conditions and heartbreak in the first week after Cyclone Bola. Cyclone Bola remembered, as 300mm of rain deluges parts of Hawke's Bay - NZ Herald The Country Welcome to Wairoa, Northern Hawkes Bay. Four spans of the then 55-year-old bridge collapsed at 6.25am. The Gisborne Herald reported that it took just three seconds for Bola to destroy the bridge over the Wairoa River. OLD WAIROA TOWN & COUNTRY has 11,200 members. The countryside already sodden started flooding with no where for the water to go. It was a serious The central span of the bridge across the Wairoa River was washed away. By: APNZ. Commercial re-use may be allowed on request. 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