Kaikoura’s big businesses will now get quake help
Wellington: Large businesses will now be included in Kaikoura’s earthquake recovery package, Steven Joyce says. The announcement comes as the State of Emergency in Kaikoura is extended for another seven days. The economic development minister also announced yesterday afternoon that the government will help get Kaikoura’s harbour reopened.
Mr Joyce is visiting the tourist town, which is still largely cut off after the 7.8 magnitude quake that struck on 14 November. Kaik ura’s largest employers were shocked to be left out of a government recovery package for the town’s small businesses last week. Yesterday morning Mr Joyce flew in and met with the heads of the two largest tourist operators, Whale Watch and Encounter Kaikoura. They told him they could hardly use the harbour since the quake lifted up the seabed. They now expected to get insurance to pay their staff, but urgently needed the South Bay harbour dredged and a plan to get them back on the water. The government will work with the council to get it done as soon as possible, Mr Joyce said.
Civil Defence will allow limited access along the inland back road to Kaikoura yesterdayday to enable farmers to access their properties and residents to return to Mt Lyford. The route remains closed to the public but army convoys with supplies have been getting through with supplies for Kaik ura.
Kaikoura township after the earthquake.