Yet another car has drowned in the Manukau, this time near Waikowhai Bay.
Despite evidence of heroic attempts to rescue the RAV4, the tide eventually won the fight on the day.
When we went to check it out, there were several vehicles on the rocky headland and quite a few people out enjoying the fishing.
Unlike most fishermen’s vehicles on the beach, the RAV4 driver ventured off the hard, often rocky areas around the headland and drove straight into treacherous soft, soft mud. The party managed to extract the vehicle from the mud and it is now up near high tide, but not high enough to avoid inundation twice every day for the past two weeks.
The police confirm that the vehicle has not been reported stolen. As an older low value car, it may not be insured. The registration label is gone. It appears the owner has abandoned the car and left it for ratepayers to shoulder the cost of recovery and disposal.
Other rubbish also appears to have been dumped on the beach recently. This is bad enough on roadsides, but on our coastline? Come on, people!