Families Leave Kaikoura as First School Reopens, Aftershocks Continue to Rattle Residents. List of Damaged Buildings Begins to Emerge


A yellow sticker at Detail,19 West End, Kaikoura

Similar to what happened after the Christchurch earthquake, residents have began leaving the small town of Kaikoura after the massive 7.8 earthquake on the 14 November 2016.

The large magnitude of the quake made it one of the world’s three largest earthquakes in 2016, and second in magnitude to only one New Zealand earthquake since European settlement of the country, source

But despite ongoing aftershocks, and a strong aftershock overnight, the first school has reopened in Kaikoura, only to find about 20% of its students have left the district

All six schools in the district have been closed since the 7.8 magnitude shake on 14 November. However, St Joseph’s School opened at 10am today, with reduced hours, for any pupils that wanted to come back. Most other schools will re-open tomorrow, also with shorter hours.

St Joseph’s principal Mary Gray said she did not expect all 98 pupils to come back today – and in fact, not all of them were still in Kaikōura. “As far as we know, about 20-plus have left the district.”…source

While one can appreciate the psychological value of re-establishing childrens’ routines and contact with their peer groups, we do question whether they should be congregating in buildings while aftershocks continue.

Overnight there was a strong magnitude 4.5 quake that struck at 2am, at a depth of just 8km. Its epicentre was about 35km northeast of Kaikoura and alarmed many residents.

There have been 120 earthquakes in the region in the last 12 hours according to GeoNet and the state of emergency for the town has been extended for another week.

Now it looks like most business may not be eligible for earthquake relief, despite government announcements to the contrary…

School Minister to visit today

The school’s principal said

There would be no formal lessons for those who did show up today.

“We’re just going to gather and have a liturgy with the children and then we’ll practise some [earthquake] drills.” source

Education Minister Hekia Parata is due to visit Kaikōura Primary School today. One hopes the school didn’t reopen just so she could be provided with a photo op.

Damaged buildings

Six commercial premises (some around the block of Brighton Esplanade, Torquay St) and 38 homes in the town have been red-stickered.  A further 200 properties have been damaged and have restricted access. Showers and toilets in Kaikōura may be used again on a limited basis, but a boil water notice remains in place.

So far inspections of 1527 commercial and residential properties have been completed – with 273 still needing to be assessed in Kaikoura.

Of those that have been assessed, 38 homes and six commercial properties in the town have been red-stickered meaning access was forbidden, including the New Commercial Hotel and local surf shop, Kaikoura Surf.

A further 150 homes and 50 businesses have been yellow-stickered, which meant access was restricted and 1083 homes and 200 businesses had effectively been given the all-clear with a white sticker.

Red stickered buildings include the New Commercial Hotel. According to stuff.co.nz, the owner Trish Smith left Christchurch after the tragic losses of her husband and her son. The business was her retirement plan. source


Among the buildings that have been yellow stickered is the delightful art deco theatre

…and some of these premises:


A fortnight on from the Kaikōura earthquake, businesses in the seaside town are starting to re-open – but with no way in or out of the town, they’re not sure how long they will last.” http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/kaikoura-earthquake/319051/kaikoura-open-for-business-but-no-one-buying


The side wall of Detail, 19 West End


Four Square supermarket


The pharmacy


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Red Cross Appeal

The NZ Red Cross are still on the ground supporting people affected by the quake. They need your donations. Here’s the link: https://www.redcross.org.nz/donate/november-2016-earthquake-appeal/

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4 thoughts on “Families Leave Kaikoura as First School Reopens, Aftershocks Continue to Rattle Residents. List of Damaged Buildings Begins to Emerge

  1. One interesting thing about Auckland that is no longer discuss anymore out of fears for public safety but is something many people my parents age remember being told or taught at school is how Manukau Harbour is really a volcanic caldera (similar to Lake Taupo) where weakest part of western edge over time eventually eroded away leaving a small unobtrusive opening into Tasman Sea. That essentially what this country is no longer telling you is that New Zealand’s largest city, a city that is home to over third of country population, Auckland, is sitting on super volcano and that all the other fifty to fifty five volcanos that make up this city are just vents running off from this main super volcano which is still active as due to it’s sheer size it acts as city of Auckland entire volcanic field. Again I don’t mean to sound so alarmist as we all know that the chances of eruption are still insignificantly small still that they decided to no longer tell us this as way of eliminating this knowledge from the public conscience should give you guys some idea of the sort of danger alot of us are in if it does decide to go off. For me it really is frightening to know that my whole life I’ve been living in Yellowstone … :-S

  2. I spotted this article today on an immigrant group on Facebook. this is the first time I am seeing negative posts there about New Zealand. although they might be very well the TRUTH.


    Of course I am sad what happened to Kaikoura and I think it’s residents should not be exposed anymore to NZ dangers what could have been easily prevented with today’s scientists and modern technology. Does history teach us any lessons for nz today ? it appeared the quakes had been predicted even on you tube and was already overdue. Than I heard it over and over again on radio how slow everything went and some people were just left out in the middle of nowhere without supplies for an week ! What is the army training for ? it turned out it was the nz navy anniversary and even the navy from several countries turned up. So perhaps it was not only the tourists were having an party or what ?! no offense for the people who did do the best they could. but it’s just the organisational affords.

    anyway it’s good somebody’s putting an warning out there to the Auckland’s residents. who knows we could see an volcano erupting there sooner or later


    and well who would have thought ? kiwi’s appear to be the biggest bullies of the civilized world.
    no kidding…. but I guess many of us would have already figured that out unfortunately.

    keep your kids safe folks before they get traumatized for life!


    E2NZ your site has been such an blessing to us and I think this site is brilliant. together we are strong and we can help each other escape one of the worst places in the world to live..

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