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Former Olympian faces dropping residence of 35 years to huge slip

Viv Haar​ is remarkably relaxed for a person going through the prospect of dropping his a lot cherished Stokes Valley residence of practically 35 years.

Undermined by a huge slip on July 21, engineers have assessed the home is at “imminent” danger of failure. A harmful constructing discover on the entrance door forbids anybody from getting into.

Former Olympic rower Viv Haar – who is a former Lower Hutt council engineer – has been told his Holborn Drive house in Stokes Valley probably can’t be saved.


Former Olympic rower Viv Haar – who’s a former Decrease Hutt council engineer – has been instructed his Holborn Drive home in Stokes Valley most likely can’t be saved.

The previous Olympic rower can, nonetheless, nonetheless crack a joke at his personal expense.

“I’ll come out of this a complete lot wiser, I might even be an professional.”

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The slip, and one other one a bit additional south threatening a second property, led to the momentary closure of a piece of Japanese Hutt Rd, the one entry street to Stokes Valley.

Haar laughs about what number of Stokes Valley residents instantly turned engineering consultants providing options to an issue he describes as advanced, with no simple, or apparent, resolution.

The former Lower Hutt council engineer is not critical of the council, which owns “about half” the area that has slipped.


The previous Decrease Hutt council engineer shouldn’t be vital of the council, which owns “about half” the world that has slipped.

A former Decrease Hutt council engineer, he’s not vital of the council, which owns “about half” the world that has slipped.

“We stay on a hill and anyplace in Wellington, the place you reside on a hill, is a danger.”

Containers are in place to guard the street however he stated that while the home sits above the slip, the street is underneath critical menace.

On the day of the slip, it was apparent that the home was at risk. Viv and his spouse, Janet, emptied it and are actually dwelling elsewhere.

Viv Haar competed at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.


Viv Haar competed on the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

His greatest remorse shouldn’t be being residence for the day by day ritual of feeding the birds.

“Twice a day they demanded feeding. Unusually sufficient we even had a budgie turning up, however it was largely natives, who loved the sugar water we put out.”

Dealing with the opportunity of dropping a home he had invested practically 35 years in can be irritating for most individuals, however Haar shouldn’t be dropping sleep. “Stress doesn’t remedy the issue.”

It has, nonetheless, been tougher for his spouse. “Janet has had her moments, she has acquired a little bit bit teary.”

A section of the deck has been opened up to allow engineers to look at the slip.

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A piece of the deck has been opened as much as permit engineers to take a look at the slip.

Visiting the property shouldn’t be simple for her. “She looks like she has to get inside and clear the place and do the lawns.”

A report from engineering agency Tonkin and Taylor, commissioned by his insurers, included three choices.

One was to relocate the home to the again of the part, one thing Haar had already thought of.

It might, nonetheless, require working above a slip that clearly has the potential to worsen, on a home that engineers consider might fail at any time.

Viv Haar’s home sits precariously on the edge of the cliff, above a line of shipping containers.


Viv Haar’s residence sits precariously on the sting of the cliff, above a line of delivery containers.

Digging out the again of the part and placing up a retaining wall would value in extra of $150,000 and would require useful resource consent.

Though he doubts relocation is possible, he’s getting a home transferring agency to try the location.

“We completely love the location, now we have very, very snug out of doors dwelling and now we have remodelled the home precisely as we would like it.”

Different choices contain coping with the slip, which might doubtlessly value tens of millions.

Hundreds of slips have plagued Wellington amid months of heacvy rain, including this one which saw several cars crushed on Sutherland Rd, Melrose in August.

Jessica Gessner/Equipped

A whole lot of slips have plagued Wellington amid months of heacvy rain, together with this one which noticed a number of automobiles crushed on Sutherland Rd, Melrose in August.

“I’ve even thought of slicing the home in half and including some bedrooms to the again.”

No matter choice the Haars ultimately resolve to pursue can be costly and would require negotiations involving their insurers, the Earthquake Fee and town council.

He’s appreciative of the assist supplied by council, significantly Mayor Campbell Barry. He stated the best choice will turn out to be clearer as they collect extra info however he’s decided to not let it stress him.

“We’re 70-years-old and now we have a freehold residence with no debt, so we all know we’re in a lucky place.”

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