3 Jul 2009

No plans to force closure of Waihi village

8:05 am on 3 July 2009

Taupo District Council says it has no plans to force the closure of Waihi village at the southern end of Lake Taupo because of the ongoing risk of a landslide.

A state of emergency has been lifted allowing residents to return home on Friday: they left the village on Monday.

Civil Defence controller Shamus Howard says much of the village would be safe as it would be out of the path of a landslide.

He says the council has not considered closing the village for good.

Monitoring will continue above the village.