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.
The Council-owned community facilities rebuild covers our buildings and structures (e.g Memorial Hall, Scout Hall, tennis courts, toilets and Skatepark) - read about them here.
Council's natural hazards work covers properties significantly affected by land damage and increased natural hazard risk - read about it here.
By December 2018, we hope to have:
- 100% asset assessment complete
- 100% asset investigation complete
- 70% design complete
- 20% of delivery complete
By June 2019 we hope to have:
- 40% construction complete
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). Together they make up the Rebuild Steering Group that makes key decisions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
Update: 25 September 2018
Construction on key projects in the Kaikōura District Council horizontal infrastructure rebuild programme is set to begin before Christmas.
“By Christmas, we hope to have construction underway on Hawthorne Road and Gillings Lane bridges and on the aeration lagoon and Fords reservoir. Shortly after, in early 2019, work on the Lyell Creek sewer should get underway too. It is really exciting to be on the edge of seeing physical progress for some of our district’s key projects. This is the largest capital programme that Council has ever had to deliver and preparation and planning has taken some time but now residents will start to see real progress” CEO Angela Oosthuizen said.
The first project to start construction will be the ‘Five Bridges’ package. The replacement of five of Kaikōura’s local bridges will be delivered as a package to help ensure value for money and high quality work. Hawthorne Road Bridge and Gillings Lane Bridge will be the first two to get underway with construction expected to start in December.
Construction should get underway by Christmas on the aeration lagoon project at the sewerage treatment plant. The lagoon, which collapsed in the earthquake, will be rebuilt within the existing treatment plant site, further away from the stream. “Detailed design for the Aeration Lagoon is currently underway and is expected to be completed by October 2018. The goal is to get the contract awarded before Christmas 2018 and work started soon after,” says Oosthuizen.
ford reservoir plantingsWork is also scheduled to start on replacing the Fords reservoir before the year’s end. “Council has secured $2.4million from the Crown to rebuild specific areas of our 3 waters network to a more resilient state than pre-quake. Some of this funding will be used for the Fords reservoir project. Repairing the two existing tanks would not have been cost effective, the betterment funding will be used to replace them with a new 1.5million litre steel tank reservoir,” says Oosthuizen.
Progress has also been made on rebuilding Kaikōura’s sewer infrastructure. Badly damaged by the earthquake, including damage to several wastewater pump station structures, rising mains and gravity sewers along Lyell Creek, the sewer requires complete replacement between Lyell Creek pump station to the Mill Road pump station. The detailed design should be complete by mid-October, a contract awarded by Christmas and construction underway early 2019.
Council’s current capital contribution to the rebuild is $2.3million, or less than 6% of the overall cost. “We have a lot of support from central government, both from NZTA for roading and structures, and MCDEM for our three waters. Over the last 15months the team has secured full and final insurance settlements, and successfully applied to MCDEM for $2.2million to cover the shortfall from insurance,” Oosthuizen says.
Update: 17 May 2018
Kaikōura District Council welcomes today’s announcement by the government of $5.3 million of funding over the next two years to help with four key areas of ongoing recovery work.
Mayor Winston Gray was optimistic about today’s announcement saying, “this funding includes $2.2 million over two years to help with the costs of repair and rebuild work for Kaikōura’s drinking water, storm water and wastewater systems and $0.3million to assist with funding the final repairs for our harbour. It will also help Council work toward becoming financially sustainable; and provide a partial contribution towards helping us manage our significant natural hazard life safety risks.”
“We’re really pleased to see Government’s ongoing commitment to support for our Council and the people of Kaikōura. Both Council and our residents are still dealing with significant and ongoing issues from the earthquake and all government assistance is appreciated” he said.
Across Kaikōura the 2016 earthquakes caused or accentuated significant risks to some properties and infrastructure from natural hazards. Without assistance, Council is not in a financial position to provide financial assistance to these landowners. Since the earthquake Council has been working with the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, EQC, Environment Canterbury, geologists and scientists to support landowners to work through their natural hazard and land damage issues and to plan for future land use.
“We’ve already set aside $155,000 over the next 3 years to seek advice and support to develop options for affected property owners. Following this announcement, we’re now looking forward to working with government agencies to understand with the combined funds we have, what support may be able to be offered to property owners most affected by the earthquakes,” said Mayor Gray.
Update: 29 march 2018
Council is using a robust but simple process to appoint contractors and sub-contractors to rebuild our earthquake damaged bridges and 3 Waters network.
Council is moving into the next phase of the rebuild programme, using a Physical Works Panel to ensure value for money for ratepayers, transparency, quality contractors and a workforce that can get the job done well.
The Physical Works Panels will oversee the 3-Waters and Bridges rebuild workstreams. A Request for Proposal (RFP) will be advertised through GETS in late April.
Other rebuild work, such as the community facilities rebuild, will be advertised separately at a later date.
There will be a maximum of 2 panelists per workstream. Successful appointees to the panel (panelists) will operate a self delivery model, using local contractors where suitable. Local contractors can apply to be panelists but must meet the panel requirements for relevant skills, experience and capability.
Council will be looking for a commitment from the panelists to deliver a portion of work using local contractors.
Opportunity for local contractors (now closed)
Local contractors who are keen to be part of the rebuild have two options.
Those who meet the requirements of the panel are welcome to apply through GETS in late April to be panelists.
Smaller suppliers who do not wish to apply to be panelists but want to work as local contractors can register their interest with the Rebuild Team by 13 April
Registrations need to contain the following:
- Company name
- Key contact name, email address and phone no.
- Detail the trades you wish to be contacted about delivering as a subcontractor
- Current staff numbers, vehicles and any key pieces of plant that will help you in the delivery or works
Council will provide this information to the Respondents in the RFP who will contact suppliers directly. This is a great opportunity for local contractors to be involved in the rebuild. There will be plenty of opportunities for local contractors who:
- Have a strong emphasis on health and safety in their organisations
- Have the necessary capabilities (suitably experienced and qualified staff)
- Have sufficient capacity in staff and equipment/plant to deliver works to an agreed timeframe
- Are reliable
- Can demonstrate value for money in their pricing
Council will benchmark and review local subcontractor rates received through the panel. Appointed contractors will charge Council an agreed percentage (%) mark-up. Any evidence of price increases or gouging may result in reduced work or no further works being requested.
Two Professional Services Companies (Jacobs and Stantec) have been appointed to deliver professional services, including but not limited to:
- Feasibility studies
- Design work (including concept and detailed design)
- Assistance with tender preparation & evaluation
- Management services and quality assurance (MSQA) including Construction Monitoring
These companies are already working on projects and Council is very happy with their progress so far.
Update: 04 December 2017
What’s happening when?
The table below shows the current plans for some of our key infrastructure projects. If you’ve been wondering when the rebuild work will start, take a look. (You can also download the table here.)
Bridge replacement locations include: Gillings lane, Scotts Road, Mout Fyffe Road, Hawthorne Road, Rorrisons Road
Bridge repairs (medium) locations include: Schoolhouse Road, Old Beach Road, two in the Kekerengu/Clarence area
Bridge repairs (minor) locations include: two on Kēkerengū Valley Road, Postmans Road, two on Wiffens Road, Bay Paddock Road, two on Old Beach Road, Kēkerengū Road, Mill Road, two on Schoolhouse Road, two in West End, Mount Fyffe Road.
Our road contractors have mapped all the road works left to do across the district. The map to the right shows work still to do by category. Note: the green ‘NCTIR works’ means work on roads that are being used by the NCTIR teams to move building materials etc. Over the next few weeks we’ll work out which bits of work will get done when and post an update on our website and Facebook.
Remember, if you’ve got questions, feedback or comments about the rebuild you can check out the website or email us at email@example.com.
Mt Fyffe Road
Around 3km of Mt Fyffe Rd is currently gravel (from Ludstone to Mackles bore). This includes an approximately 800 metres section where the sewer main needs to be replaced (between Hawthorn Rd intersection and Totara Lane). In addition, Mount Fyffe Road between Postmans Road and Topline Road was gravel before the earthquake and remains gravel. Since the earthquake there has been significant increases to the traffic on this part of the road. With summer weather, this area is now very dusty.
From December 6th the road will be watered twice a day (morning and evening) to help control the dust. Please drive safely and stay off the road as much as possible.
Binding agents that will help suppress dust will be applied in the week beginning the 18th December.
Before we can reseal the road we need to understand if any more pipes or services and culverts/ bridges in the area need replacing. We hope to be able to reseal the section of the road unaffected by the sewer in the near future.
We are working with NCTIR and the police to monitor speeds in the area. Speeding or unsafe driving complaints should be referred to the police as soon as possible after they happen. You can:
- Leave a message for NCTIR on 0800 628 4737 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact the local police on (03) 319 5038
We know how important it is to get Hawthorne Bridge fixed as quickly as possible. We’re moving as fast as we can. Before we can start building, we have to make sure we’ve planned for the potential impacts on the road from the proposed deviation of SH1. We also needing to make sure our funders are happy with the design and plans.
We hope to have contractor on board by the end of April 2018. We estimate that construction will take up to 6 months from then (October 2018).
Just like all our rebuild work, we’ll work as fast as is safe and affordable and keep you updated as we go.
The Jimmy Armers toilet and shower block walls were damaged beyond repair in the November 2016 earthquake. The block will be rebuilt, funded by KDC's insurance. We plan to reuse the roof structure, the concrete floor slab depending on the extent of the earthquake damage.
Roof removal and demolition of the walls will begin this week (week beginning 4/12/17) .
To support the use of the beach and the nearby outdoor trading, KDC will hire a container with 3 unisex toilets and two showers over the summer. This will be placed on the floor slab and connected to the existing sewer.
Tennis Courts and Skate Park
The Skate Park and Tennis Courts will be made usable for summer. A temporary fix (filling and making safe major cracks etc) will be completed the week beginning the 11th December.
Both facilities will be unavailable while this work is underway.
Update: 24 October 2017
The Council’s Rebuild Programme will restore infrastructure and community facilities to at least pre-earthquake levels of service. Getting the job done is expected to take up to 3 years and to cost in the region of five times Council's pre-quake annual expenditure. Read the full details here.
"It's a big job", said Council Rebuild Director, Will Doughty. "There are currently 83 separate projects within the Programme, covering local roads, bridges, stormwater, wastewater and drinking/tap water systems and Council owned buildings and community facilities. We've already achieved a lot - emergency fixes were in place quickly after the earthquake, planning and investigations are now almost complete and our procurement and funding agreements are in place. Now it's time for the bit people can see and touch."
"We've still got a long way to go and no doubt things will develop and change as we get further into the detail but it really feels like we're on the edge of tangible progress and that's really exciting. Next year will be a big year!" Doughty said.
Speaking of the rebuild, CEO Angela Oosthuizen said, "The earthquake caused a similar scale of the damage to Council-owned infrastructure and assets as the Canterbury earthquakes did to Christchurch. However we're a much, much smaller Council with a much smaller ratepayer base. For us, the critical part of the rebuild is balancing speed with cost."
"We need to be as careful as we can to keep costs to the ratepayer as low as possible but we also need to get things rebuild as soon as we can. Our residents want their community facilities back and we will get there, but they also need their water and sewerage systems to be resilient and fit for purpose. We've just got to balance the 'wants' with the 'needs' and keep the books in order along the way."
"Our funding partners have really stepped up to help and we're really pleased and grateful for their ongoing support. The New Zealand Transport Agency will fund 95% of the costs of all eligible earthquake related local roading and bridge repairs. The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management MCDEM will cover 60% of eligible water, stormwater and wastewater infrastructure costs. Council and our insurers will fund the balance - that is 5% of local roading repairs, 40% of water system works and all of the community facilities costs" Oosthuizen said.
Update: 20 April 2017
Doughty by name, doughty by nature: Kaikōura infrastructure rebuild in good hands.
Deliver on time, on budget and up to standard, that’s the brief for Kaikōura’s new Rebuild Director, Will Doughty. ‘Doughty’ is an old English word meaning brave, persistent, determined or indomitable – all of which will stand him in good stead for the work ahead.
Mr Doughty’s appointment by Kaikōura District Council as Rebuild Director completes arrangements involving the three major funders of the local rebuild. Infrastructure rebuild costs will be shared between the Kaikōura District Council (KDC), New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and Central Government, represented by the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM). NZTA will fund 95% of the costs of all eligible earthquake related local roading repairs, MCDEM will cover 60% of eligible water, stormwater and wastewater infrastructure costs, and KDC and its insurers will fund the balance. The funders will work together under governance arrangements including a memorandum of understanding and a Rebuild Steering Group to streamline the rebuild work.
As part of the Rebuild Steering Group Mr Doughty will provide oversight of the rebuild design, projects, advice and decision making. His immediate priority will be working with the funders to decide the details of the programme, budget, standards and procurement process. He is also responsible for leading the rebuild of Council-owned facilities and structures and liaising with the Transport Agency and KiwiRail’s North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) alliance team. The NCTIR team are rebuilding the coastal highways and aiming to reopen SH1 north before the end of 2017.
Speaking of the rebuild ahead, KDC CEO Angela Oosthuizen says, ‘The council needs to deliver eight times our annual infrastructure spend in the next 18-24 months. The Steering Group and new Rebuild Director will provide the experienced advice and support we need to get this rebuild right’.
Mr Doughty has lived and worked in Christchurch for 11 years. Following the Christchurch earthquakes, he worked extensively in emergency response and managed major long-term infrastructure rebuild programmes at a Governance level. He spent over four years in a strategic leadership role, supporting the Christchurch City Council, CERA and NZTA’s delivery of the $2.9 billion horizontal infrastructure rebuild programme.
Married with two children, the Doughty family is very excited about integrating into the Kaikōura community and contributing to the recovery of a very special part of the world. Mr Doughty’s position at the Kaikōura District Council begins in mid-May.
‘The Kaikōura rebuild is a challenge, an opportunity and an adventure. There’s a lot of work to be done but I’ve seen first-hand what a passionate community supported by experts can achieve. It’s a big job but we’ll get there and we’ll get there together.’
Following the earthquake, there has been a lot of earthquake damage to our local roads and supporting infrastructure. We have been using our roading contractor to undertake those repairs. At the end of August 2018, we had undertaken approximately $5million worth of repairs across the whole roading network (sealed and unsealed). There remains approximately $1.3million worth of earthquake repairs still to deliver and we will be using our roading contractor to complete that work during this financial year. The idea is to have this series of work completed by June 2019.
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:
- Meet the rebuild team
- What's happening on the roads - the latest detail about local roadworks
- NCTIR News, and providing Complaints or Feedback
- Drinking water
- Boil Water Notices
- Community facilities rebuild
19 September 2018