Kaik­oura’s big busi­nesses will now get quake help

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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.

Xin­hua

Kaik­oura town­ship af­ter the earthquake.

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