Five cliff-side houses at Orua Bay on the Āwhitu Peninsula have been evacuated after a bach was destroyed in a slip, injuring three people.
It took search and rescue personnel at least two hours on Wednesday afternoon to extricate one person who was trapped in the wreckage at Manukau Heads.
Fire and Emergency regional manager Ron Devlin said it was a difficult rescue operation because the trapped person was a metre below tide line.
St John’s Ambulance said two peopwerele have been airlifted to Middlemore Hospital in a serious condition, and one person with minor injuries was taken to hospital by ambulance.
An RNZ reporter at the scene said at least a dozen firefighters and police officers remain at the scene while diggers and tractors remove debris from the beach.
Fire and Emergency said five other properties have been evacuated due to ongoing concerns about the cliff’s stability.
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