Natural Environment

Information about all the environmental recovery work. 

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Useful links and information

  • Natural hazards and land damageupdates about how Council is working with owners of properties affected by land damage and increased natural hazard risk.
  • A quick checklist for how to approach deconstruction, demolition or repairs. 
  • Waste Management Guidelines. information to help you through the demolition process, including how to create a demolition methodology, what asbestos is and the best way to deal with hazardous substances. The guidelines also include a list of contractors to assist you with any post earthquake recovery work on your home or building.
  • Check your domestic wastewater system. If your wastewater system has been damaged, you need to replace or fix it as soon as possible. Damage may not be easy to spot. If you notice an unusually bad odour, water ponding on the surface near soakage lines, low water level in the septic tank, water flooding out of the tank or overflowing sewage at your house gully trap, get your system checked. Find out what consents you need and get contacts for wastewater system designers and installers by ringing Environment Canterbury Freephone 0800 324 636 (0800 EC INFO) or
  • Lyell Creek public meeting summary. On Monday 6th March Council’s Geotechnical Engineer, ran through the main ground failure along Lyell Creek and it's implications for landowners

How does this fit with the Recovery Plan?

Recovery Plan Goal: Restore, protect and enhance Kaikōura’s unique natural environment and biodiversity and sustainably manage disposal of waste.

How we'll achieve it

Local stewardship of the natural environment: Encourage local stewardship of the coastal marine environment and the restoration of quake affected waterways by supporting local groups involved in their management such as the Kaikōura Marine Guardians and Waterzone Committee. Monitor the health of coastal and river ecosystems.

Manage construction and demolition waste: Ensure policies, plans and approaches are in place to safely manage construction and demolition wastes, such as building deconstruction, the reuse of materials and asbestos management. Ensure negative legacy issues are managed.

Protect unique landscape features: Investigate opportunities to protect unique landscape features and areas of geological significance such as the newly expressed fault lines. Identify sites of significance and establish pathways for their protection. Explore related educational and tourism opportunities.