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Written by NZPA, The New Zealand Herald   
Thursday, 12 July 2007

An elderly woman is rescued from her Kaeo cottage. Photo / Greg Bowker

The mayor of the Far North Council says local bodies should be given greater powers to ensure new buildings are stopped from being built in flood prone areas.

Yvonne Sharp said it was more practical for councils to be given greater powers under the Resource Management Act than it was for an existing town as the flood ravaged Northland community of Kaeo to relocate.

Kaeo, with a population of about 500 people, has been hit by two devastating floods in the past four months.

Ms Sharp made the comments after the Prime Minister, visiting the flooded Northland region to survey the damage yesterday, said town's such as Kaeo may have to consider relocating at some point if weather patterns continued.

Ms Sharp said there was nothing more the council could do to safeguard the town from flooding.

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