Kaikoura District Council is taking stock of a huge 12-months of activity following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that devastated the coastal town a year ago.
The one-year milestone from the November 14 earthquake, which cut off the tourist town destroying homes and businesses, will be marked with a number of community-led events which are planned to run throughout this month.
In a statement the council said: “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.”
It has put together a summary of its take on the year since the earthquakes, including:
• an update from the Mayor
• an update from the CEO
• Our EQ story
• What we’re doing to support our community
• How we’re looking after our buildings, roads, infrastructure and facilities
• How we’re working with our environment (and our hazards)
• how we’re growing our economy and businesses
• What’s up next for Council
• A look at our Team
The magnitude 7.8 earthquake and series of aftershocks saw the tourist town completely isolated. Residents faced uncertainty and loss, and hundreds of tourists and visitors found themselves facing an unexpected extension of their stay in the district.
State Highway One and the railway were blocked by damage and slips, and the Inland Road suffered significant damage. Farms, homes and businesses suffered building and land damage. Power and internet went down, drinking water systems, sewage systems and local roads were all badly affected.
The harbour, used by many tourism operators including the iconic Kaikoura business Whale Watch, was uplifted by up to two metres, making it usable only at high tide.
A short summary of the currently planned events including links to more information or for contacting organisers can be found on this website.