One year on - Marking a year since the earthquakes

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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. 

This milestone is about coming together to recognise the loss and hardship caused by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake, acknowledge all the progress so far and show support as our District continues on its’ recovery journey.

Kaikōura District Council is helping coordinate and promote events organised by our community to mark this important milestone.

A short summary of the currently planned events are below including links to more information or for contacting organisers. If we've missed an event please get in touch and let us know


 Date and Time

Event Name


Contact/More information 

Sunday 29th and Monday 30th  October

Kaikōura Trotting Cup

South Bay Racecourse

A two day event

Kaikōura Trotting Cup attracts a crowd of thousands

Kaikōura Trotting Club 

Facebook page 

Saturday 11/11

Shaken Not Stirred’ - free community concert


Takahanga Domain

2pm – 8pm

Featuring: The Feelers, Soulsystem, Dillastrate

Kaikōura Events 

Facebook event 


Sunday 12/11

Combined Church Community Service

Churchill Park (Memorial Hall if wet)


Local churches coming together for a combined commemorative service.

Special ‘guest’ NZDF Padre Zane Elliot who was part of a combined service in November 2016

Phone 03 319 6066


Tuesday 14/11  

Kaikōura Harbour Opening - Dawn Ceremony 

South Bay Marina

Time 6am 

The Kaikōura Harbour has been  restored and is back in business.

A dawn ceremony and blessing will be led by te Rūnanga o Kaikōura 

All are welcome to this time to reflect and remember.

National Recovery Office, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet 


   Kaikōura Harbour Official Opening

South Bay Marina

Time 12.30pm

Speeches and opening honours from special guests, followed by harbour and boat tours. 

There'll also be displays of all the hard work that’s gone on to restoring the harbour plus snacks and drinks for attendees. 


Workshop Saturday 4/11

(Register by 20th October

Competition entries presented 13-15/11)

Earthquake exhibition ‘in a box’ - Workshop, competition and exhibition 

Community Shed 14 Ludstone Road

10am – 2pm

Helping local organisations, schools and community groups tell the stories of the earthquake and those that have unfolded since by getting them to put together their own mini-exhibitions 'in a box'. 

Also an opportunity for locals to submit photographs and objects to be archived and displayed by the museum.

Completed exhibition boxes will be presented to the community to view and vote for during the week of November 13 to 19. The 15 most popular entries will be included in the formal Museum earthquake exhibition.

Kaikōura Museum

Phone 03 319 7440




 Friday 17/11


(Construction workshops throughout weeks beg 6th and 13th)

Waste wood -  Skate and Surfboard programme celebration 

Location and Time TBC

Event to celebrate the completion of the KDC ‘Waste Wood’ programme where local youth will turn wood from earthquake waste into skateboards and surfboards.

Partners include a local surfboard builder, Goose boards, Billabong, RipCurl, EmpireSkate, the Mātauranga Men’s Shed and local schools.

Kaikōura District Council

Email Kaikōura District Council

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 Tuesday 14/11

Community Picnic

Churchill Park


All welcome, bring your own picnics. A variety of entertainment and activities will be on offer.

Kaikōura District Council and Miss Lilly's Angel Trust 

Facebook event 

Email Kaikōura District Council

Saturday 18/11

Primary School Market

Local stalls selling arts, crafts, food and produce


 Saturday 18/11 Heart of Kaikōura Mural Unveiling and free lunch


Farmlands Kaikoura, 70 Beach Road

Kiwi artist Graham Hoete, famously known as Mr G, is painting a mural in Kaikōura aiming to capture what's at the heart of the community.

The official unveiling/gifting of the artwork is on Saturday.

Join us to celebrate! There will be a free BBQ lunch, with live local performances, an opportunity to get your Red Bands signed, and attempt Kaikoura’s biggest selfie!


Facebook info


Sunday 19/11   

Kaikōura Warrior

South Bay Racecourse


An annual fun run/obstacle course/community event with options including a 1.5km Mini Warrior, 3km Apprentice Warrior, or 6km Ultimate Warrior.

Sport Tasman

Phone 029 773 1524



Facebook page

Saturday 25/11

Our Amazing Place

Village Green

10am onwards

Free Amazing-Race style community treasure hunt. Discover local people, places and services in a fun treasure hunt trail around town.

Organised by local community groups including Kaikōura Violence Free Network to celebrate White Ribbon Day. 

Te Ha o Matauranga

Phone 027 564 8407


Facebook event

14 October 2017