Two Years On

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November 14th marks two years since the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and there are many events going on across Kaikōura this month.Some events are planned specifically to mark the anniversary, mark milestones or share information about the impact of the earthquake, others are Kaikōura regulars.

The last two years have changed Kaikōura. From physical changes including the uplift of the land and changes to rivers and waterways to people changes with many new residents both short and long term, to economic changes with businesses encountering new challenges and spotting new opportunities.

Over the coming years things will continue to change as land settles, people put down roots or move on and businesses make the most of our ‘new normal’. Council has its’ part to play, supporting our community, delivering our infrastructure and community facilities rebuild, deciding on a way forward for our swimming pool, doing what we can for those who continue to be affected by natural hazards, planning for the future of Innovative Waste and the resource recovery centre, continuing to grow our economic development services and making sure we do our utmost to keep services improving and costs down.

There’s a lot to do but for now, Council is proud to be a small part of marking the anniversary. This month’s events are a chance to spend time with friends, families and neighbours. We hope everyone finds time for the things and the people you care about.

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,Time and Place

Event Name


Contact/More information 


Saturday 10/11

Kaikōura Museum



Top of the south film festival

Red carpet dress, films from a wide range of genres between 3 and 14 minutes - 15 great films! 2 hours with a 15 minute interval.

All Proceeds towards The Mayfair Rebuild.

A joint event hosted by The Mayfair and Kaikōura Museum. 


The Museum 03 319 7440


Sunday 11/11

Kaikōura cenotaph

 RSA remembrance service

(Armistice Day)


An assembly to remember relatives and friends and all those who served.


Yvonne Morrison

021 2611 985

Sunday 11/11

Groper Garage


Screening of Kaikōura: a big year.

Come and watch a one-hour documentary that tells the story of Kaikōura’s quake recovery from 14 November, 2016, and ending with the opening of SH1 just over a year later. The film is a snapshot of the immense quake recovery effort told through the lens of a handful of Kaikōura residents and NCTIR workers. 


Monday 12/11


Supper Room, Memorial Hall

Coastal Pacific Cycle Trail - Public Meeting

The Coastal Pacific Trail trust are working on ideas, options and plans for a 200km cycle trail to  connect the communities of Picton, Blenheim, Seddon, Ward, Kēkerengū, Clarence and Kaikōura. This includes the 30km area covered by NCTIRs work but is a much larger and longer term project.

Speakers will discuss plans for the trail, how it could work and what it could mean for Kaikōura. 

Tuesday 13/11


South Bay Race Course Function Room

 MPI Earthquake Recovery Information Evening Come and find out what's happening with the EQ Recovery projects and other research (including Aqualinc's research finding in post-quake Christchurch).

Organised by the Kaikōura Plains Recovery Project.

Email or call Jodie on 03 367 7081, 027 551 5902 

 Wednesday 14/11


Distributing 200 Free kits with practical tools to make homes safer

 Habitat for Humanity will be distributing ‘Quake Ready’ kits to help make homes safer, and more prepared in case of future earthquakes and aftershocks.

The kits include great tools like brackets and screws, safety latches and non-slip mats. Their aim is to help minimize the risk of damage to homes and protect those who live in them

 The kits are free, but you need to register by midday Tuesday 13 if you want one! Register here.


Wednesday 14/11

Memorial Hall
Matinee: 1.30pm, koha

Show and hāngī : 6.30pm, $25


Hapuku School Play


“Rere atu taku manu”



Whakaari or drama with an EQ theme / it is bi-lingual / ākonga (students), Kaiako (teachers) and whānau will be involved in the drama



Hapuku School

Tickets available: Cash Sales only

Kaikoura Museum – Council Building, West End

Te Ha o te Matauranga – 14 Ludstone Rd, OLD MUSEUM

Hapuku School Office – 596 Kincaid Road

Wednesday 14/11

Point Kean
Car Park
Meeting at 10am

Community planting on the peninsular

 All welcome, bring appropriate footwear, a spade and your lunch


Supported by Innovative Waste Kaikōura Limited, Trees for Travellers, Kaikōura District Council, Department of Conservation and Whalewatch.



Wednesday 14/11

Churchill Park

Community Picnic

 All welcome, bring your own picnics. A variety of entertainment and activities will be on offer including free sausage sizzle, music and games.

Friday 16/11

West End Container Mall
Night market  Community and family event for all ages.

Food, gifts, games and good for sale plus an open mic night for local musicians.



Saturday 17/11

 White Ribbon Riders visit Kaikōura

 Start of the ‘White ribbon riders’ tour, a week-long motorcycle tour every November in support of White Ribbon Month. Motorbikes and potentially a speaker to visit the primary school market.


 Jo York


Saturday 17/11

South Bay Racecourse


Kaikōura Warrior

 An annual fun run/obstacle course/community event with options including a 1.5km Mini Warrior, 3km Apprentice Warrior, or 6km Ultimate Warrior. This year is fundraising for the pool.


Sunday 18/11


 St Joseph’s garden tour and high tea


Gardens tour, followed by afternoon tea at Parish Hall
Tickets $25 from St Joseph’s and Hammer Hardware

 St Joseph’s and Hammer Hardware

 Sunday 18/11


Gooches Beach

Pontoon Party 

The new swimming  pontoon at Gooches Beach should be ready to use by Sunday 18 November.

Come and celebrate and share a BBQ with the team, there may even be some games going!


Friday 23 November


WhaleWay Station

Celebrating the return of the Coastal Pacific Train

Come and join in the fun welcoming the first passenger train since the 2016 earthquakes.

Speeches and a performance from Kaikoura Suburban School Kapa Haka group, followed by light refreshments.


Note: To minimise congestion, please park in town and walk to the Whaleway Station.




9 November 2018