Over the last week Golden Bay has been subjected to the worst floods in 150 years – this on top of the December 28 floods last year. This time the Western part of the Bay was not badly affected, with the Aorere River peaking at a level considerably lower, and the river not changing its course – the remediation work done during the year seems to have done its job. The road between Takaka and Collingwood was closed for several days, due to a washout at Birds Hill (just past the turnoff to Pupu Springs as you go towards Collingwood), but it was opened briefly yesterday and fully today. There is a short 1-way system for traffic, controlled by lights, so allow 10 minutes’ extra time for travel. At Twin Waters Lodge we are in good shape with no damage at all, and the water tanks are all full. Roll on summer!