Story: Landslides

Hawke's Bay slips

Hawke's Bay slips

These slips (white streaks) occurred in the hills north-west of Napier after Cyclone Bola hit from the north in 1988. Rain fell on these steep hills, which had been cleared for farmland. As soils became sodden, the upper layers separated from lower layers and slid down the slopes. Soils such as these, derived from soft mudstone rocks, are particularly vulnerable to slips following heavy rain.

Using this item

Private collection
Photograph by Noel Trustrum

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Michael J. Crozier, 'Landslides - Gravity always wins', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Michael J. Crozier, published 12 Jun 2006