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: