NCTIR SH1 Resilience works

nctir consent

Kaikōura’s beaches, surf and coastal environment are some of our District’s most valued areas. Mangamaunu is especially important to many of our residents and visitors including those who whakapapa to the area.

Council has no legal ability to change any of the work beign carried out by NZTA and KiwiRail along the coast. Council is helping make sure community concerns and feedback are raised with NZTA and KiwiRail.

 All feedback or concerns should be directed to NCTIR as the local representative of KiwiRail and NZTA via: 0800 NCTIR EQ (0800 628 4737) or at 73 Beach Road, Kaikōura.


The coastal environment, including State Highway 1 (SH1) and the Main North Rail Line were significantly altered by the November 2016 earthquakes. Since then, NZTA and KiwiRail’s alliance known as the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) project have been ‘moving mountains’ to rebuild the affected areas and reconnect road and rail.

Council believes that having a safe and resilient road and rail link is critical to Kaikōura's economy and the wellbeing of all our residents. A stable and accessible road and rail link minimizes the risk of future isolation and allows our businesses and our residents to plan for future with confidence.

Part of NCTIRs work includes more than $200million worth of investment by the government to improve safety, resilience, journey reliability and access between Clarence and Oaro, along a 60km stretch of Kaikōura’s coastline. 

The last 10 resource consent applications for essential repairs and improvements on State Highway 1 and the Main North Line near Kaikōura were granted in March this year. 

Affected parties including iwi, the Kaikōura Marine Guardians, Te Korowai, the Kaikōura Boardriders Association, Surfbreak Protection Society, Mangamaunu Marae and the Mangamaunu Preservation Society Incorporated, were invited to provide written comments.

The received comments focused on:

  • Requesting that NCTIR remain in contact with local/affected groups to keep informed of progress and changes including consolation.
  • Concerns about the pāua population along the coast, effects of sedimentation and construction on the populations including suggestions to relocate pāua from construction sites.
  • Opposition to the fast-tracking processes.
  • A wish for more detailed plans of what works are to be undertaken under the application and for the public to have access to these as they are made available.
  • To avoid impacts on the nationally significant surfbreaks and take regard to the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement.

Having considered the comments, Council has included the following conditions alongside the granting of the consent. (Please note, the bullet points below are a short summary only and may not cover all details. For the full information, download the PDF’s of the comments and decisions through the links below).

Design conditions:

  • Mangamaunu only – within 30 working days the consent holder shall hold at least one meeting with a focus group made up of up to two representatives from each of Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura, Kaikōura Marine Guardians, Kaikōura Board Riders Association, Mangamaunu Marae, Surf Break Protection Society, Environment Canterbury and Kaikōura District Council. The purpose of the meeting is to inform the design, location and footprint of the Mangamaunu Amenity Area.
  • Mangamaunu only – at least 14 working days prior to starting construction the consent holder must submit to the Council the detailed design drawings of the Mangamaunu amenity that are subject to this application. The drawings must include how they have regard to Project ecological principles, Project landscape design framework, New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement, Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura Environmental Management Plan, The New Zealand Urban Design Protocol, The Canterbury Regional Policy Statement and NZTA Urban Design Guideline (2013).
  • Mangamaunu, Halfmoon Bay and Okiwi Bay South – design and construction methodology of any coastal protection structure must consider the risk profile of the area, opportunities for tourism, opportunities to enhance pāua and other marine species habitat, opportunities to enhance public access to and along the coastal marine area and landscape and amenity values.
  • Landscape-design Framework – the consent holder must design and construct the project to appropriately integrate the permanent works into the surrounding landscape with regard to designing with nature.

Other conditions:

  • Iwi adviser – before starting construction works, the consent holder must invite the relevant  Mana whenua to appoint an Iwi Advisor to provide on-site guidance to enable effective management of cultural indicators
  • Restoration Liaison Group – must meet at least 20 working days before construction starts, to inform the design, management and monitoring of all construction work.
  • Construction Environmental Management Plan – must be prepared for construction works.
  • Earthworks – undertake all construction works in accordance with the best methods available at time of construction.
  • Erosion and Sediment Control Plan – the Consent holder must prepare an Erosion and Sediment Control plan for the construction works to ensure appropriate control measures are taken.
  • Ecology –a suitably qualified ecologist must be appointed to inform the design, management and monitoring of all construction works and its impacts on terrestrial, intertidal and marine environments.


The consents, which address safety, resilience and community access issues, were lodged by New Zealand Transport Agency and KiwiRail Holdings Ltd. and cover changes to the existing consent footprint at three sites along the coastal route: Mangamaunu, Half Moon Bay and Okiwi Bay South. 

  • Halfmoon Bay – an amendment to enhance the safety of the transport corridor and address the resilience of the transport corridor by increasing the distance from the existing slopes. Halfmoon Bay has been significantly impacted by storm events.
  • Okiwi Bay South – an amendment to address an “out of context” curve, thereby enhancing the safety of the road corridor at this location.
  • Mangamaunu – an amendment to enable greater room alongside the road and rail corridor to provide amenity and safety improvements, and enhance access and safety to the surf break.

All 10 consents were assessed by Kaikōura District Council and Environment Canterbury using the Hurunui/Kaikōura Earthquakes Recovery (Coastal Route and Other Matters) Order 2016. This special legislation modifies the normal process in the Resource Management Act 1991, speeding up vital works. 

Under the OIC, applications must be granted as a controlled activity, need only contain broad details and desktop assessments, and cannot be publicly notified or given limited notification. 

Council had to grant the consent but could impose conditions related to the management of the effects of the restoration work on:

  • Areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna.
  • Fresh water quality
  • Heritage, cultural, and archaeological values
  • Landscape, natural character, and visual amenity
  • Coastal processes
  • Coastal water quality
  • Marine mammals and seabirds
  • The management of construction work, stormwater, marine biosecurity, hazardous substances, spills, artificial lighting, dust, noise, and vibration.


11 July 2018