Kaikōura earthquake

Information about the Kaikōura earthquake of 14 November 2016, MPI's response, and resources for those affected.

Assistance and support available

MPI continues to work closely with rural communities and sector organisations around Kaikōura, Hurunui and Marlborough.

Primary Industries Earthquake Recovery Fund

A $5 million support fund is available to quake-affected farmers in Hurunui, Kaikōura and Marlborough. The fund is for community projects or advisory services for landowners and land managers.

The skilled worker and volunteer programme

The skilled worker and volunteer programme is on track to wind down at the beginning of June 2017. More than 50 earthquake-affected farms have had teams of workers onsite.

What is the skilled worker programme?

Government provided $600,000 to fund skilled on-farm workers and volunteers to help with recovery from the earthquake.

Other resources available to those who need them

  • Contact your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 RURAL HELP for a free, private and confidential chat. A Trust representative can come to see you and, if needed, point you in the right direction for further help.
  • If your circumstances have changed as a result of the earthquake, talk to your accountant, bank, and Work and Income to see other help for which you may be eligible.

Managing your financial and mental wellbeing [PDF, 2.6 MB]
Kaikōura earthquakes – support and assistance [PDF, 180 KB]
Support following 14 November earthquakes – Work and Income website
Find volunteer health and safety resources – Beef + Lamb NZ website

Earthquake recovery events calendar

Earthquake Relief Fund for uninsurable damage to primary industries

Applications for the Earthquake Relief Fund closed on 31 March.

Kaikōura Earthquake Relief Fund Factsheet [PDF, 127 KB]

Road access and travel

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is managing all roads in and around the affected areas.  

For more information, contact the NZTA:

Fisheries closures

Closures are in place for 3 areas affected by the earthquake. Detailed information is available on each area's fishing rules page:

General guidance

Who to contact

If you have questions about the information on this web page or our response to this event:

For all media enquiries, call 029 89 40 328 or email media@mpi.govt.nz

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