Media contribution: Waitotara residents are standing firm on sodden ground

Massey University Associate Professor of Disaster Mental Health Sarb Johal says residents would need to come up with some of their own answers  about what they were willing to do to make staying in their chosen patch a long term reality.

Those affected by the flooding will definitely be under emotional strain, he says, despite attempts to put on a brave face. So any decisions made in the immediate aftermath and/or without their input would likely be met with resistance.