Investigation into impact of earthquakes on Kaikōura farms begins

A three-year project to investigate the impact of the Kaikōura earthquake on farmland in the district has officially launched.

The project, which received $600,000 through the Ministry of Primary Industries earthquake recovery fund, seeks to help farmers manage earthquake-damaged farmland and understand the impact of the earthquake on groundwater levels and how this has potentially changed the land use of some farms.

It has received support from Environment Canterbury, Kaikōura District Council, Fonterra and Dairy NZ as well as the local iwi and the farming community. Project manager Jodie Hoggard said community engagement was key to the success of the project.

Environment Canterbury councilor Claire McKay

“Being local, from a farming background and knowing many of the farmers already and the industry partners, means we can hopefully hit the ground running and get on with creating some good outcomes for our landowners,” she said.

Speaking at the launch, Environment Canterbury councilor Claire McKay said the council was committed to supporting the project and working alongside the farmers and partners to get the best outcome.

“While this project is primarily for earthquake recovery, it is a wonderful opportunity to make sure that out of disaster rises something special and unique to you and your community where environmentally, economically, and socially you will ultimately end up in a better space,” Cr McKay said.

Find out more about the Kaikōura Plains Recovery Programme.