Monday marked the first anniversary since flood waters rushed through a subdivision in Ngongotahā, Leah Tebbutt talks to the people behind the evacuation.

Chaos and turmoil are how many people described April 29, 2018, when the Ngongotahā stream broke its bank sending water rushing towards a subdivision, even the Civil Defence controller of the day, Bruce Horne.

"It's not about what do we do it's actually about what are we dealing with.

"That's the chaos and the turmoil at the beginning which you just work through."


Horne, who retired from the New Zealand Police at the end of 2016 after