Kaikoura duathlon wins support
status, becoming the country’s 30th Regional Tourism Organisation, giving it more weight in marketing and, in particular, recognition by central government. Kaikoura Information Tourism Incorporated ( Kiti) manager Glenn Ormsby said it would be a real ‘‘shot in the arm’’ for the town, but it’s tourism industry would still have a close relationship with Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism which had previously been it’s regional tourism organisation.
A ‘‘weather bomb’’ on the eve of Easter caused chaos, as torrential rain brought down massive slips on the coastal road, taking out power and communications, just as the long weekend was set to bring an influx of tourists.
Road closures meant some travellers failed to reach fullybooked motels and holiday parks and couldn’t contact their accommodation to let them know.
Some retailers and businesses relying on tourism missed out on Good Friday since eftpos was down. However, Kaikoura retailers who had ignored trading bans on Friday and Sunday made up for it with the number of motorists trapped over the long weekend due to the road closures to the north.
Kaikoura was excited by the news in May that work would begin on the new Kaikoura Integrated Family Health Centre. After the Canterbury District Health Board announced the start of physical works, community fundraising began in earnest for the extra $3.4 million required to pay for the new hospital, and by mid-year $800, 000 had already been amassed.
A dawn blessing ceremony was held on May 23, while work began exactly 102 years to the day since the opening ceremony of the old hospital, on June 3 1912.
Making space: The Kaikoura nurses’ home was demolished after confirmation in May that work would begin on the new Integrated Family Health Centre.
Scenic circuit: Tania Ross leads Rosie Hailes through the turn in the cycle leg of the Kaikoura Duathlon.
Have wings?: The Freedom Hunters team, from left, Finn Henry, Tish McNicol and Chessie Henry raced through Europe in April fuelled by Red Bull.