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Written by Peter de Graaf, The Northern Advocate   
Thursday, 07 September 2006

Tai O'Donnell contemplates his steadily vanishing front yard. Picture/Peter de Graaf

Most people would love to have a house by the sea - but for Tai O'Donnell, the sea is getting a little too close for comfort.

Mr O'Donnell moved back to the family home, near the Omapere boat ramp on the Hokianga Harbour, from Auckland in 2003.

Since then he's twice seen his backyard disappear, and now the sea is undermining one corner of his weatherboard house.

"In September 2005, most of garden went in a big storm surge and 100km/h winds. I lost 3-4 metres, right up to the back step," he said.

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