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What you need to know

The Kaikōura earthquake on 14 November 2016 caused widespread damage, and impacted the lives of thousands of New Zealanders. The Kaikōura earthquake recovery work programme included a number of departments and Crown agencies that collaborated on workstreams relating to freight, safety, legislation, and the 12-month and long-term recovery of the transport network.

Working with other agencies, we published 2 reports relating to transport and the effects of the earthquake. One looked at how the earthquake would affect New Zealand’s gross domestic product (GDP), transport, business operations and tourism and the second recommended how to improve data and decision-making in the transport system.

We continue to work with other government agencies on the work programme.

The work to date

Jul 2018

Final report on transport system data published

Large amounts of information and data relating to the transport system were produced, managed, analysed and communicated following the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake.

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Sep 2017–Apr 2018

Main North Line and State Highway 1 reopened

On 15 September 2017, freight rail services resumed in a limited capacity on the Main North Line. On 15 December 2017, State Highway 1 reopened during the day, although 2 areas remained closed overnight from 8.30pm as a safety precaution.  On 20 April 2018, the highway reopened for 24-hour travel.

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Feb 2017

Economic impact report published

We collaborated with MBIE to commission Market Economics to produce a report on the economic impact of the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake. It looked at how the event would affect New Zealand’s GDP, including impacts on transport, business operations and tourism.

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Dec 2016

Hurunui–Kaikōura Earthquakes Recovery Order in Council signed

The Order in Council was signed to restore the existing State Highway 1 and rail corridor along the coastal route to the north and south of Kaikōura, with additional improvements to increase safety and resilience.

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