Rebuild and infrastructure
This page contains links and information about:
- The infrastructure rebuild
- Natural hazard and land damage work.
The 2016 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. The Council’s Rebuild Programme covers:
- Local roads
- Wastewater and
- Dinking/tap water systems (known as three waters) as well as
- Council owned buildings and community facilities.
There are 83 separate projects within the Rebuild Programme and it is expected to take up to 3 years to complete.
Natural hazards and land damage
Updates about how Council is working with owners of properties affected by land damage and increased natural hazard risk.
Since the earthquake, Council has been building a good range of information to inform decisions. This includes a significant amount of geotechnical data including reports on subsurface testing, observed lateral spread and land stretching, aerial photography and ground elevations (eg. LiDAR), geotechnical surveys and building and infrastructure damage data.
Council has also been working with a range of other agencies and organisations to share information and reduce costs.
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.
Kaikōura's community takes a sustainable approach to growth in the district. This helps us manage the impact of visitors and residents on the natural environment and local infrastructure. The magnitude 7.8 earthquake on 14 November 2016 caused extensive damage to land, coastal areas, buildings, homes and infrastructure in our district. It is estimated about 8000 tonnes of earthquake waste will be produced – equating to about eight years’ of waste for Kaikōura.
NCTIR are doing everything they can to keep everyone up-to-date as the work on the road and rail continues. They’re committed to local communities and want to know about local issues and concerns.
25 July 2018