Remaining Kaikōura earthquake consents granted

The last 10 resource consent applications for essential repairs and improvements on State Highway 1 and the Main North Line near Kaikōura have been granted today (March 29, 2018).

The consents, which address safety, resilience and community access issues, were lodged by New Zealand Transport Agency and KiwiRail Holdings Ltd.

All 10 consents will be assessed by Environment Canterbury and Kaikōura District Council using the Hurunui/Kaikōura Earthquakes Recovery (Coastal Route and Other Matters) Order 2016, which modifies the normal process in the Resource Management Act 1991.

Principal Consents Advisor Paul Hopwood said these resource consents were the next step in ensuring important earthquake recovery works were completed along the remarkable Kaikōura coastline.

“Further work is required over the next one to two years to restore the transport corridor to safe and effective functionality, as well as to improve the safety and resilience of the coastal route,” he said.

The changes include:

  • Halfmoon Bay – an amendment to enhance the safety of the transport corridor and address the resilience of the transport corridor by increasing the distance from the existing slopes.  Halfmoon Bay has been significantly impacted by recent storm events.
  • Okiwi Bay South – an amendment to address an “out of context” curve, thereby enhancing the safety of the road corridor at this location.
  • Mangamaunu – an amendment to enable greater room alongside the road and rail corridor to provide amenity and safety improvements, and enhance access and safety to the surf break.

Mr Hopwood said the special legislation would speed up the process for this vital work.

“It means the applications must be granted as a controlled activity, need only contain broad details and desktop assessments, and cannot be publicly notified or given limited notification.”

Certain affected parties had been invited to provide written comment to Environment Canterbury or Kaikōura District Council by 5pm, March 24, 2018. A summary of those comments and Environment Canterbury’s responses, as well as the full applications, can be found here.