The Ministry of Transport has been leading a programme of work to respond to the Kaikoura earthquake. The programme has included work streams relating to:

  • Freight
  • 12 months recovery of the network
  • Long term recovery of the network
  • Safety
  • Legislation

Recent work has seen the programme’s focus narrowed primarily to seeking Cabinet decisions on the reinstatement of State Highway 1 road and rail line and special legislation to accelerate the rebuild.

A number of departments and Crown agencies have been involved in this work including the New Zealand Transport Agency, KiwiRail, Maritime New Zealand, Land Information New Zealand, the Ministry for the Environment, Department of Conservation, Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Ministry of Primary Industries, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Crown Law Office, and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The Hurunui-Kaikoura Earthquakes Recovery Order in Council

An Order in Council has been signed to restore the coastal road and rail route. The agencies responsible for the rebuild, as outlined in the Order, are the NZ Transport Agency and KiwiRail.

For more information you can read Transport Minister Simon Bridges’ media statements:

The impact of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake on our economy

The 2016 Kaikoura earthquake struck just after midnight on 14 November 2016 causing widespread damage, and impacting the lives of thousands of people.  It was one of the most complex earthquake events recorded.

In addition to the significant human impact, the event has had an economic one.  The Economic impact of the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake report looks at how the event has impacted on New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It examines the impacts on transport, business operations and tourism.

The study was comissioned to Market Economics jointly by MoT and MBIE.

The topline figures show a relatively modest impact on GDP with a forecast reduction of 0.12 to 0.14 percent ($450 million - $500 million) in the 18 month period following the event.

The report is part of work by the Government to inform rebuild and support programmes and investment in impacted infrastructure.