This page has information about Council’s horizontal infrastructure rebuild. The rebuild covers our roads, bridges, and three waters networks (stormwater, wastewater and drinking water). The target date for the completion is June 2020.
Read the latest on key rebuild projects.
Read about the community facilities rebuild and repair covering Memorial Hall, Scout Hall, tennis courts, toilets and more.
Lyell Creek Sewer
The wastewater system which ran along Lyell Creek was severely damaged in the 2016 earthquake. Extensive work has been carried out to not just replace the sewer line, but future proof it by installing a pressure wastewater system along Beach Road. This has created resilient infrastructure and protected Lyell Creek from any future pipeline damage.
The previous system had relied on gravity to move wastewater to the main pipeline. The new pressure sewer collection system allows for wastewater to be pumped uphill from the underground tanks installed in private properties to the new wastewater main along Beach Road. The new system includes a pumping unit inside the tank, an electrical supply, control panel and a pressure lateral with an isolation kit at the boundary (that looks similar to a toby box). Not every house has a tank on their property, however each house on Beach Road north of Hawthorne Road is connected to the new system.
The project involved replacing about 1.6 km of sewer from the Hawthorne Road pump station to the Mill Road pump station.
Total cost is $7.1 million (funded: 79% government and 21% Council)
Construction is expected to be completed by May 2020.
Fulton Hogan Ltd was awarded this contract and have begun work. If you have any concerns regarding this work please contact Fulton Hogan directly.
Phone: 0800 342 48467 (0800 FHCIVILS) or 027 604 9335 (Mon – Fri, 8am-6pm)
Six of our local bridges required a full replacement after the 2016 earthquake. The work on Hawthorne Rd, Evans bridge and Wards 2 bridge (both on Mt Fyffe Rd), Rorrisons Rd, Gillings Lane and Scotts Road bridges was done as a package to help ensure value for money and high quality work.
Work is now complete on Hawthorne Road, Scotts Road and Rorrisons Road bridges.
Minor repairs are also required on fourteen bridges around the district. Six have so far been completed, including three in the Kekerengu Valley.
Total cost is $5.6 million (funded: 92% NZ Transport Agency and 8% Council)
Concrete Structures Ltd (CSL) was awarded this design and build contract.
Clarence Valley Access
The Clarence Valley access project is one of the most complex and challenging projects in the rebuild programme.
Access to the south side of the Clarence Valley was lost following the 2016 earthquake. The single lane 130m long Glen Alton Bridge across the Clarence River completely collapsed and was swept away. As a result of the earthquake and fault movements the river has changed course below the bridge site. Significant land area has been eroded by the river and emergency rock protection work was undertaken by Council last year to protect the Clarence Valley Road on the north side of the valley.
A temporary road access solution has been put in place to the south side of the valley. The Waipapa and Waiautoa Roads on the south bank have been extended and upgraded to a temporary four-wheel drive standard, referred to as the Southern Access Route or SAR.
The SAR remains reliant on being able to cross the unstable Wharekiri Stream ford. Temporary closures of the SAR occur during wet weather events to ensure the safety of all road users. Residents are notified of closures/openings using established procedures. Council has engaged geotechnical specialists to design and supervise remedial works on road instability through the “Blue Slip” area between the Wharekiri ford and Waiautoa Road.
At its meeting on 28 August 2019, Council identified a new Bailey bridge and road connections downstream of the previous bridge as its current preferred option for further work and investigation. The bridge would be located at the present end of the Clarence Valley Road at the toe of Jacob Hill, with a new Bailey bridge crossing the main active channel of the Clarence River. A new road and permanent engineered ford across the old main river channel would link to the south side of the Clarence River. The Bailey bridge option would provide crossing of normal road/highway “Class 1” traffic loads.
In December 2019 Council gained NZTA approval to progress this option and to extend the Agency’s 95% funding assistance to complete the project. The indicative capital cost estimate for the current preferred option is $12.6m. The final decision by Council about progressing the project will be made after formal public consultation as part of the 2020/2021 Annual Plan in mid 2020.
The current preferred option has a total estimated project cost of $12.6 million.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency approved up to an estimated $12million of funding support (until 31 December 2022). Council’s estimated contribution would be $630,000, bringing the total estimated project cost to $12.6 million.
Decisions on a way forward will made through the formal public consultation process and adoption of its 2020/2021 Annual Plan.
Aeration lagoon, Wastewater Treatment Plant
The aeration lagoon at Kaikōura’s wastewater treatment plant collapsed in the 2016 earthquake. It was rebuilt with a new lagoon, north of the original site. New aerators were installed. Isaac Construction Ltd was awarded this contract. Main works are now complete with final commissioning to be completed by April.
Total cost is $3.6 million (funded: 74% government and 26% Council)
The rebuild programme objectives are to:
- Restore pre-earthquake levels of service (LOS) across the infrastructure network wherever possible and improve levels of service where funding allows
- Deliver a safe and high quality rebuild programme within the funding envelope agreed with our funding partners
- Work with our key stakeholders in a collaborative way to achieve successful outcomes.
We expect our programme to:
- Cost more than 5 times our normal total annual spend
- Take up to three years to complete
- Restore infrastructure to at least pre-earthquake levels of service
- Use a phased approach. We’ll work on our infrastructure and assets a few at a time, starting with the most urgent and working our way through to the ones that can wait.
You can expect:
- Things to change as we go - it's a big, complex project and it's likely some dates, costs and projects will develop as we learn more about what's needed and what's possible
- To have a say about some things, but not everything
- Us to get the best value for money possible - through careful planning, seeking external funding and working closely with our funding partners
- Us to have to make tough decisions - financial constraints mean that to keep rates as affordable as possible, we may have to make tough calls about what gets rebuilt when.
We're using a phased approach because:
- It spreads the financial burden out, helping us keep rates lower and seek funding from as many sources as possible
- It spreads the workload out, we’re a small Council with access to a small number of local workers so we’ve got to use our people-power sensibly
- It lets us plan properly, by working this way we can make sure we’ve got all the information we need and have talked to all the right people to deliver value for money and quality infrastructure.
This does mean it will be some time before everything is finished. We know that may be frustrating but it’s the best way to get the best results we can for everyone across the district.
Most projects within the rebuild used a phased approach. Phases include:
- Assessment (checking for earthquake damage quality, strength and life-expectancy)
- Scoping and options (experts determine the extent of the damage and provide reports and recommendations)
- Concept design
- Detailed design (options are narrowed down to a preferred choice and detailed designs and plans are made)
- Construction (the exciting part – when things happen and physical works get underway)
- Handover (the repaired/rebuilt asset is handed back to Councils Asset Management team and becomes part of routine asset maintenance).
To make sure the programme remains on track, milestones are set and projects are constantly reviewed and refined.
Our funding partners are New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and Central Government, represented by the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC). Together alongside Council they make up the Rebuild Steering Group that provides key guidance to the Rebuild Programme.
Council’s contribution to the rebuild cost is loan funded. The loans are long term, allowing Council to spread the cost of the rebuild to ratepayers over 30 years.
Rebuild Programme costs will be shared as follows:
Roading and structures-
- NZTA will fund 95% of the costs of all eligible earthquake related local roading and bridge repairs
- KDC and it's insurers will fund the remaining 5%.
- MCDEM will cover 60% of eligible water, stormwater and wastewater infrastructure costs
- MCDEM have committed an additional $2.2million of funding towards the other 40%
- KDC and its insurers will fund the remaining balance
- Council has also secured additional funding of $2.4million from the Crown for betterment in the three waters space (to build back specific areas of the three waters to a more resilient state than pre-quake).
- KDC and it's insurers will cover all of the community facilities costs.
Good planning is critical to make sure we end up with value for money and fit for purpose quality infrastructure.
Our planning included:
1. Mapping the infrastructure system
We mapped all the information we had to help improve our understanding of the earthquake’s impact. Building inspections, engineering assessments, land movement, and water and wastewater network assessments were overlaid onto maps to look for patterns of damage.
This helped identify trouble areas, plan what to do first and where the most work is needed and explain our operations to insurers and central government.
Figure 1 Finding repair hotspots. The more repairs there are in an area, the larger and brighter the dot.
Figure 2 Sewer network inspections. Sewer manhole and pipe inspections colour-coded according to the damage found during the inspection.
2. Checking our roads
Completing surveys of all the roads in our district and identifying all earthquake related faults and damage.
3. Checking our pipes
CCTV and leak detection work to confirm the extent of damage to the wastewater and water supplies.
4. Planning for the long term
We're aiming to restore infrastructure and facilities to pre-earthquake levels of service. Where time and costs allow we’ve planned to ‘build back better’, restoring infrastructure to more resilient levels than pre-earthquake by using modern materials and building to modern standards. We’ve also planned to meet or exceed our legal obligations and financial responsibilities.
After the earthquake our first step was quick-fixes for the obvious infrastructure system damage including:
- 482 building inspections
- Issuing placards for buildings that are no longer sound or don’t have functioning services (like sewerage or power), to manage the danger to our residents and visitors
- Getting boil water notices lifted for 4 of the 6 affected water systems (you can read about our water schemes here)
- Temporary resurfacing/grading work on the worst affected roads
- Strengthening the most vulnerable or fragile water systems to prevent further issues.
The earthquake caused sizeable damage across our district. The damage to infrastructure and Council-owned assets is similar in scale to the damage to Christchurch's infrastructure and assets after the Canterbury earthquakes.
Work needed includes:
Image shows some of the water (blue) and wastewater (red) projects in the Kaikōura 'Flats'/'Plains' area.
Bridges and roads
Work needed includes:
Image shows four of the affected bridges (orange dots).
Work needed includes:
The close up below shows affected areas or Lyell Creek (green) and pipework (purple).
The Rebuild Programme affects everyone who lives here and we fully expect there to be lots of different requirements and ideas.
In our planning, we considered the essential public safety and district-wide needs first, then used the Recovery Plan and Annual Plan consultations and feedback to shape our ideas. We then worked with local contractors and network maps to understand the order in which work needs to be done.
As the Rebuild develops we’ll consult you on some aspects but others will be basic ‘must-dos’ where we’ll inform you but no community input will be sought. This complies with our Significance and Engagement policy and legal obligations. A rough guide to what this will look like is below.
We seek public feedback on Rebuild options and/or decisions and let you know how your feedback influenced the outcomes.
We provide you with accurate and objective information to help you understand the Rebuild
It is likely to apply to...
Some of the options for bigger assets such as larger bridges and some community facilities
Roadworks, restoration work for three waters systems, funding and timeframe decisions
Some of the ways it may be done...
The Annual and Long Term Plan consultation processes including formal submissions
Community meetings, meetings with specific stakeholders, partners or groups
Our website, local newspaper, social media and letter-box drops
Staying up to date
We're committed to keeping our community up to date throughout the Rebuild Programme. You can:
- Email us
- Join the email newsletter
- Keep any eye on our FaceBook
- Look out for updates in the paper
- Attend or read copies of the minutes from Council meetings
- Give us a call on 03 319 5026
- Email us at email@example.com
- Where needed we’ll also be doing letterbox drops or holding Community meetings to let those closest to the works know what’s going on and what to expect.
Recovery Plan Goal: Build cost-effective and easily accessible infrastructure, transport networks, housing and buildings which are able to withstand extreme weather events, flooding, tsunamis, earthquakes and landslides.
How we'll achieve it
Reconnect road and rail: Work with partners to ensure the state highway and rail network are re-established as quickly as possible and include resilience to future natural hazards, and recognise the need to support safety and the recovery of the tourism and visitor economy.
Repair essential infrastructure: Repair essential infrastructure such as water, sewer and electricity networks in ways that are more resilient and future-proofed for growth.
Restore heritage and cultural sites: Encourage the repair/restoration and viable future use of character/heritage buildings and sites, including working with building owners and supporting funding applications where applicable.
Revitalize township: Work with the community to develop plans for the Kaikōura Town Centre, Esplanade, North Wharf and South Bay areas to identify priorities and help deliver on community aspirations for these areas such as seating, BBQs, public toilets, pathways and improved accessibility for all ages and abilities.
Council is aware that NCTIR vehicle and truck movements as part of the SH1 rebuild are causing wear and tear and damage to our local roads.
Council has worked with NCTIR to come up with a set of defined 'haul routes'. These are the only roads NCTIR trucks and trucks related to the NCTIR programme can use.
Council has agreed with NCTIR that routine maintenance of these roads while they are being used by the project will be funded 100% by NZTA.
Once NCTIR has finished using a road as a haul rote, NCTIR and Council will agree what the long-term repair strategy is and this will be fully funded by NZTA.
The current NCTIR haul routes are:
- Mill Road
- Red Swamp Road (a small section)
- Kowhai Ford Road
- Kiwa Road
- Station Road and
- Rakanui Road.
If you see trucks that aren’t sticking to the arranged routes, report the truck number or number plate to NCTIR.
We're working with NCTIR and the police to make sure everything possible is being done to enforce careful and safe driving on our roads - do your part too. Complaints should be referred to the police as soon as possible after they happen. You can:
21 June 2019