By the time Gita reached us it had lost its Tropical Cyclone status. That didn’t stop it from hammering Taranaki, the top and middle of the South Island and the West Coast. It also took out at least 100 metres of sea wall on the Coast Road between Paraparaumu and Paekākāriki.
Low tide on 21 February 2018 was around 8 am. The river was running strong and full, and very close to the bank of the property at the end of Manga Pirau Street. The river and tide have carved out a
step about 50 cm high at the vehicle entrance and seem to have eaten into yet more of the Miratana block to the south of the entrance.
On the Strathnaver side the beach has been swept clear right up to the base of the dunes. The tide and wind blew small driftwood and pumice into the dunes, and at least 10 metres along the south track from Reay Mackay Grove.
At the north track entrance the dunes have been edged with some large driftwood and the new area of dunes is becoming more and more clear as a unified front edge of the beach.
These photos by Miraz Jordan were taken between 8 am and 9 am, at various points along the beach.