Dealing with earthquakes

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

 The funding from this recovery fund went toward:

  • community-led projects
  • advisory services funding for landowners and land managers.

This fund is now closed.

Kaikōura earthquake marine recovery package

Fisheries New Zealand commissioned a broad research programme to better understand the impacts and any early recovery of the marine environment after the devastating earthquakes. The $2 million Kaikōura earthquake marine recovery package funded research into the impact of the earthquakes on particular species and the ecology of the marine area.

The research has given us a good baseline to measure how the recovery is progressing and where we need to focus our attention in the future. Continued monitoring of the recovery progress will inform future marine management options for when and how the current closure of shellfish and seaweed fisheries may be lifted.

Kaikōura earthquake research results

An event was held in June 2018 for researchers to present their findings on the effects of the earthquake on the marine environment.

Research presentations

Presentations from the event are available to download.

Other resources available

  • 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 find out about other help that you may be eligible for.

Watch the video from the event on the MPI Kaikōura Facebook page

Kaikōura research presentation event – media release

Managing your financial and mental wellbeing [PDF, 2.6 MB]

Kaikōura earthquakes – support and assistance [PDF, 180 KB]

Support following Kaikoura earthquake – Work and Income

Find volunteer health and safety resources – Beef + Lamb NZ

Fisheries closures

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

Who to contact

If you have questions about the information on this page, email

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