The Ministry of Transport has been leading a programme of work to respond to the Kaikoura earthquake. The programme has included work streams relating to:

  • Freight
  • 12 months recovery of the network
  • Long term recovery of the network
  • Safety
  • Legislation

Recent work has seen the programme’s focus narrowed primarily to seeking Cabinet decisions on the reinstatement of State Highway 1 road and rail line and special legislation to accelerate the rebuild.

A number of departments and Crown agencies have been involved in this work including the New Zealand Transport Agency, KiwiRail, Maritime New Zealand, Land Information New Zealand, the Ministry for the Environment, Department of Conservation, Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Ministry of Primary Industries, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Crown Law Office, and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The Hurunui-Kaikoura Earthquakes Recovery Order in Council

An Order in Council has been signed to restore the coastal road and rail route. The agencies responsible for the rebuild, as outlined in the Order, are the NZ Transport Agency and KiwiRail.

For more information you can read Transport Minister Simon Bridges’ media statements:

The impact of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake on our economy

The 2016 Kaikoura earthquake struck just after midnight on 14 November 2016 causing widespread damage, and impacting the lives of thousands of people.  It was one of the most complex earthquake events recorded.

In addition to the significant human impact, the event has had an economic one.  The Economic impact of the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake report looks at how the event has impacted on New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It examines the impacts on transport, business operations and tourism.

The study was comissioned to Market Economics jointly by MoT and MBIE.

The topline figures show a relatively modest impact on GDP with a forecast reduction of 0.12 to 0.14 percent ($450 million - $500 million) in the 18 month period following the event.

The report is part of work by the Government to inform rebuild and support programmes and investment in impacted infrastructure. 

Data and decision making in the transport system following the Kaikōura earthquake: Final Report

July 2018

Large amounts of information and data relating to the transport system were produced, managed, analysed, and communicated following the 14 November 2016 Kaikōura earthquake.

This report summarises the key findings of a stakeholder workshop and series of interviews, outlining what information was available and useful, where it came from, how it was transferred between organisations, and how data might be managed and used in transport system monitoring to improve resilience in the future.

This report captures common themes of participants’ experiences rather than prescribed formal response and recovery structures. The results capture insights into how the system did function, rather than the system as it was intended to function. The workshop and interviews were designed to include as many participants from across the transport system as possible, from those responsible for transport policy to organisations and industries affected by transport disruptions caused by the Kaikōura earthquake.

The report is not intended as a comprehensive review of New Zealand’s crisis management system or incident command procedures, and we acknowledge that there are extensive efforts elsewhere to ensure that New Zealand lifeline utilities manage information to facilitate post-disaster outcomes.

Read the Final report on Kaikoura [PDF, 1.5 MB]

If you have any queries about this report, please contact Geoff Parr at