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One year on - Marking a year since the earthquakes
14 Oct 2017

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There are several community led events planned to mark one year on from the November 14 2016 earthquakes. The events run all through November and there's something for everyone. 

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Community Reps Wanted
13 Oct 2017

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We are looking for two community representatives to be part of the Recovery Advisory Group.

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Closed Thurs 19/10
13 Oct 2017


Council and the Library will be closed all day Thursday 19th October for staff training.

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Rail line closure
13 Oct 2017


Main North Line Temporarily Closed


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Kaikoura Wildlife Rescue
9 Oct 2017

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As of mid October 2017 Kaikoura Wildlife Rescue will operate a facility dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of injured and ill New Zealand birds. The facility is currently working on opening Stage 1 (a wildlife room and outdoor enclosure) and will open Stage 2 (a second wildlife room) at a later date.

The rehabilitation facility is maintained by wildlife biologist Sabrina Luecht, under a ten year Department of Conservation Wildlife Act permit. Sabrina specialises in endangered species and has worked for many conservation organisations in New Zealand and internationally. Sabrina is passionate about wildlife rehabilitation and undertakes this work voluntarily in a non-paid capacity, funding all of the running costs herself. The renovation of the facility is kindly being funded Ben Foster Sculpture.
Kaikoura Wildlife Rescue has an excellent relationship with Vetcare Kaikoura who kindly subsidise medical supplies. The facility also liaises with wildlife vets at Wellington Zoo, Wildbase and the South Island Wildlife Hospital.
If you find injured or ill native birds in the Kaikoura area please collect and keep in a cage or box at room temperature in a quiet place, until the bird can be dropped off or collected. Call Sabrina on 021 585 586 for immediate assistance. Please minimise handling and do not attempt to feed or hydrate the bird. Ensure handover occurs as soon as possible, as time is of essence and stress itself can kill unwell birds.
Funds are always desperately needed to cover ongoing treatment and rehabilitation costs - including vet, food, housing, and cleaning supplies. Kaikoura Wildlife Rescue is seeking one-off or long-term sponsorship from businesses, and also appreciates any donation from members of the public wishing to help.
At this stage Kaikoura Wildlife Rescue is not in need of volunteers, if the situation changes volunteer vacancies will be advertised on their Facebook page.


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Seafest - travel info
5 Oct 2017


SH1 south to Chch will be open 7am until 8pm Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October to help people travelling to and from Kaikoura Seafest

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Recovery Continues
27 Sep 2017

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Our local Recovery Transition period has been extended again to help us continue to work on issues such as natural hazards and risk management. The new period runs until 1pm October 25th. 

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Kaikoura Youth Award Finalists Announced
27 Sep 2017

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We are really proud to celebrate these awesome young people who have been selected as finalists in the Kaikoura Youth Awards.

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Waste wood wanted
27 Sep 2017


Waste wood wanted to help Kaikoura youth turn earthquake damaged houses into skate and surfboards

Think it's crazy to turn a house into a skateboard? Well that is exactly what Kaikoura District Council Waste Minimisation Case Manager Natalie Absalom wants you to do. Absalom is calling for donations of timber from anyone doing earthquake deconstructions or repairs as part of a unique idea to help inspire and empower Kaikouras’ youth whilst reducing waste.

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NZDF soldiers return to Kaikoura
27 Sep 2017

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Exercise Katipo brings NZDF troops to town in October

Around 120 soldiers are coming back to town for a joint Exercise between October 20 and November 5.

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