21 Jan 2014

Water pipe worries for farmer

10:17 am on 21 January 2014

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake which shook the lower North Island on Monday rattled the bones and home of Federated Farmers board member Anders Crofoot.

The quake struck at 3.52pm and was centred 15km east of Eketahuna, in the Tararua District.

Mr Crofoot, who runs Castle Point Station near Masterton and not far from the earthquake's epicentre, said it left the farmhouse a mess.

"Yeah, had quite a good shake. It's the strongest one I've felt since we've been here," he said.

"It was sort of up and down and back and forth and things off shelves and broken glasses, broken bottles."

He had not had a chance to get out on to the farm and was concerned some of the older PVC water pipes could have fractured. However, it would take time to work out the damage.

The quake also disrupted power to more than 5000 properties, including farms in parts of northern Wairarapa and Manawatu, and as far west as Manaia in Taranaki.