Kaikoura financial aftershocks continue

Some Kaikōura businesses are within six to eight weeks of collapse as visitor numbers dwindle, a new group set up to advocate for earthquake-affected traders and retailers says

The problem is that they are once more almost completely isolated from their customers.  

Visitors have had to take the alternative inland route to the town since heavy rain over Easter weekend brought fresh slips down onto State Highway 1 south of Kaikōura, forcing its closure.

The road north of the town is not expected to re-open until the end of this year.

The whole town’s economy relies on being on the country’s major arterial highway.  The damage continues and with winter ahead, the outlook is dreadful.

 

– RNZ


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