One year on from Kaikoura Earthquake

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A year on from the 7.8 Kaikōura quake, the town’s harbour was officially reopened and ceremonies were held this morning.

The blessing of the marina and harbour in Kaikōura was led by Rūnanga o Kaikōura.

Kaikōura’s mayor Winston Gray said Kaikōura’s harbour is “back at 110 percent” as the last of the equipment used to repair it is about to be moved out.
The harbour will be better, deeper and safer and be able to cater for cruise ship tender boats. The harbour rose by almost 1 metre during the quakes, and had to be dredged.
“A real milestone… to achieve that within the 12 month period’s quite incredible.” said Gray.
The reopening of State Highway 1 north towards Picton on 15 December will be another milestone.

 The past year had been tough for many tourism operators, fishing companies and locals.

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