The latest round of repairs to the Esplanade at St Clair
should be finished by the end of the week, Dunedin City
Council staff say.
Contractors were back at the Esplanade to continue repairs
yesterday, following the appearance of a 50cm-deep hole last
The sinkhole, next to the St Clair Surf Life Saving Club's
old access ramp, was blamed on the combination of leaks in
the sea wall and relentless high seas last week, which had
created the small cavity.
Council roading maintenance engineer Peter Standring said
contractors using a mechanical excavator had spent yesterday
digging up the hole, searching for the source of the leaks,
and this work had confirmed the council's suspicions about
the cause of the hole.
Repairs to fill the cavity, seal the leaks and repave the
damaged section of walkway were expected to be carried out
later this week, he said.
Council staff were also keeping a close eye on sand sausages
further along the beach that had been exposed as sand was
stripped away from the beach last week, he said.
''The waves have actually rolled in and eaten away at that
bank a bit ... At the moment, they do look reasonably
''The sausages are there for a purpose, just to maintain that
slope stability ... we certainly don't want those sausages
rolling away,'' Mr Standring said.
Sand cover along the beach tended to ''come and go'' but the
area would be inspected again in the next few days ''just to
allay any concerns'', he said.