Kaikoura: The Four Month Report

From my trucking correspondent.

Time for an update on the Kaikoura Earthquake Disaster in Logistics terms.

We?re 4 months into New Zealand?s worst logistical disaster, and the good folks south of the Quake line have barely felt anything more than minor inconveniences through the ?almost? severing of their lifeline links.

Recap back to November 11, 2016 when SH1 was destroyed between Christchurch and Picton, completely isolating Kaikoura. Not to mention closing all the ferry links between the two Islands.

At that point the South Island was not connected to the North by any of the reliable, expedient and durable means that we had all relied on for years.

Quickly systems were repaired where possible. The Wellington to Picton ferry links were restored within days. The Northern Canterbury Roads and Bridges were repaired and are under constant maintenance. Goods started to flow through the severely constrained and limited Blenheim-St Arnaud-Murchison-Lewis Pass-Springs Junction-Waipara route, made up of Highways: SH1 (at Blenheim) to 63, 6, 65, 7 before returning to SH1. This is a much longer, much slower and a more difficult temporary alternative route. ?? Read more »

When will someone actually start telling the truth about how rooted Wellington is?

It looks like another building in Wellington is going to have come down since the earthquake in Kaikoura.

Wellington City Council needs to make a decision in coming months as to whether it repairs its civic administration building or demolishes it.

The six-storey pink building on Civic Square, built in the early 1990s, has been closed since the 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake last November.

On Monday, council spokesman Richard MacLean said the cost of the various options facing the council would be an important deciding factor.

A decision on the long-term future of the building would not be made for some months. ?? Read more »

The scale of the problem in Kaikoura

This video and some images give you an idea of the scale of issues facing re-opening roads near Kaikoura.

A massive slip covering a road in rural Marlborough is proving challenging to roading crews, who are using dynamite, helicopters and diggers to get it cleared.

Nine families remained isolated behind the slip, which is covering Awatere Valley Rd, a 100 kilometre stretch connecting?coastal Marlborough down to Hanmer Springs.

In late November, the slip and the exploits of a digger driver working to clear it received national attention when a picture emerged showing his?excavator balanced precariously on the rock fall. ? Read more »

Looks like some good sense is taking hold with Kaikoura

It looks like the daft idea of relocating SH1 inland in the wake of the Kaikoura earthquake is over.

Sensible people have taken charge…ironically?doing what we said from the get-go.

Engineers are looking at using coastal land uplifted by last month’s Kaik?ura earthquake to relocate parts of State Highway 1 away from unstable hillsides.

Kaik?ura mayor Winston Gray said inland alternatives to the coastal route had been ruled out, but the route could still be adjusted for stability.

He said putting a highway inland would be too costly and, in the case of upgrading the Molesworth Station track, of limited use in winter. ? Read more »

Key has ?environmental concerns? about slips hitting the sea. Harden up John


John Key is worried about “environmental concerns” of a natural event.

Thousands of tonnes of rock and rubble displaced in the Kaikoura Earthquake can be pushed into the sea without consent from local authorities under emergency law changes to be introduced tomorrow.

The legislation will also give the Government authority to immediately dredge Kaikoura’s seabed to improve boat access.

Speaking at his weekly press conference this afternoon, Prime Minister John Key said two new bills relating to earthquake recovery would be passed under urgency in Parliament tomorrow. A third bill will be debated on Thursday and go through a shortened public consultation process.

The changes would “allow us to rectify the situation as quickly as possible”, Key said. ? Read more »

Kaikoura Update

Our transport correspondent has another update.

Two weeks after, and all of the tourists have gone.

The echoes of laughing and spending tourists are all that remains as the residents sit and ponder what a calamitous change has struck their lives. The once busy harbour is now full of rock, thrust up from under the sea, leaving the whale boat fleet high and dry.

We deliver to the Mitre 10 store in Kaikoura. Or we did.

It is now a wreck. The wonderful people who we dealt with, doing deliveries at all sorts of inconvenient (for them) hours, are now faced with their lives crashed under orange painted collapsed walls. A rebuild is needed, and when it is done much of their tourist business will not be there. Their immediate future will at least be busy, as they will not be the only ones rebuilding, and hopefully they can rebuild themselves in time to benefit from supplying all of the others around them.

Communities like Mt Lyford may not be so lucky. They were always a remote and small settlement, and only time will tell whether their lack of size is sufficient to sustain the energy needed to rebuild their tiny town.

I am enjoying the wide variety of views from the new experts in freight and logistics. There are many suggestions as to how and where SH1 should be rebuilt, or whether it should be rebuilt at all. The important thing for me is to realise that politics should have no place here. This is not the emotional surge of repairing thousands of individuals houses, and dealing with the considerable loss of life that occurred in Christchurch. This event is way bigger, and as infrastructure damage is becoming more evident in Wellington, the task is growing, as inevitably it would. ? Read more »

Road to Kaikoura tests mettle of NZDF drivers

Driving the quake-damaged route from Culverden to Kaikoura is testing the mettle of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) truck drivers ferrying vital aid supplies to the seaside community.

?The damage caused by the earthquake is very evident. Fault lines have sheared the road in half in many places. There are a lot of overhanging rocks. A number of bridges have also been damaged and cannot be used for heavy vehicles so we had to find alternate routes,? Staff Sergeant (SSGT) Dan Rosewarne said.

SSGT Rosewarne drove one of the 27 Defence Force trucks in the first aid convoy that reached Kaikoura last Friday. The convoy was halted for a day by bad weather, causing risks of further landslides. It ferried 44 tonnes of vital supplies including 7320 litres of diesel, 1540 litres of petrol and 10,000 litres of potable water.

Due to risks of further landslips, aid supplies for Kaikoura are prioritised over provisions for military personnel and are placed at the front of the convoy, SSGT Rosewarne said.

?That way, if we are cut off because of a landslide, the supplies for the affected communities would have gone ahead.? ?? Read more »

Oh the irony – the nuclear yankees Labour kicked out come back to say Hi and they end up helping

The peace protestors and other anti-American fools should really be apologising for stupid attacks.

In our time of need the US military came to help:

Finance Minister Bill English has told the crew of the USS Sampson the reassurance they provided to the community of Kaikoura was vital.

The US destroyer was in Wellington Harbour on a glorious day on Sunday after helping out in Kaikoura, along with ships from Australia, Canada and New Zealand, in the wake of the 7.8 earthquake last Monday.

Mr English said since he’d been in government he had been involved in a number of significant disasters, including the earthquake that killed 185 people in Christchurch and the Pike River mine disaster six years ago where 29 men died.

“On each occasion when these events happen we don’t know what the needs are, we don’t know how people will immediately react to disaster and the need to get on with the basics of recovery.”

The Sampson was coincidently in New Zealand to celebrate the Royal New Zealand Navy’s 75th anniversary and stepped up when disaster occurred, he said.

“You have been part of providing reassurance to the wider population that whatever the needs were in Kaikoura – which we couldn’t know because we couldn’t get there – we had people with the professionalism, the skill and the gear to make a big difference in a very small community.”

The reassurance provided to Kaikoura was vital, he said. ? Read more »

The size of the problem or Why you can’t trust the Herald to tell you

The size of the problem in and near Kaikoura is something people are struggling to get information on.

Unfortunately, you can’t rely on the NZ Herald for facts. Here is a prime example.

The scale and the complexity of the slips on SH1 was unprecedented in New Zealand, Knackstedt said, and the task ahead was huge.

“While detailed measurements aren’t yet available, it’s likely that four or five of the large slips which have come down on SH1 could be as large or larger than the October 2011 slip which closed SH3 through the Manawatu Gorge.”

That landslide – the largest in New Zealand history – involved 370,000sq m of material. ?

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Phil Goff is a tin-eared effwit

You really have to wonder about the social skills of a wanker like Phil Goff.

During a Stuff.co.nz live chat on Wednesday, Phil Goff said Auckland?shouldn’t take a back seat on Government spending despite Kaikoura’s 7.8 quake which has caused devastating damage including closing?State Highway 1.

When a live chat viewer asked about Kaikoura taking funding?priority, Goff conceded that would likely be “partly right” – the Government would have “less money to play with” funding infrastructure.

But Goff cited?figures to argue Auckland’s case, saying the city loses up to $3 billion per year in lost productivity from underdeveloped transport infrastructure.

“That’s more in congestion in one year than the entire Kaikoura [earthquake] cost. Can we afford to say ‘no, we’re looking at somewhere else now ignoring Auckland?'”

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