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Emergency quake legislation possible: Key

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/11/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">The government will put emergency legislation through parliament if it's needed to deal with Kaikoura's earthquake problems, Prime Minister John Key says.</span> © Spark The government will put emergency legislation through parliament if it's needed to deal with Kaikoura's earthquake problems, Prime Minister John Key says. The government will put emergency legislation through parliament if it's needed to deal with Kaikoura's earthquake problems, Prime Minister John Key says.

After visiting the region on Wednesday he told reporters local businesses had raised issues with him which could require urgent measures similar to those taken after the Christchurch earthquakes.

One problem is that the whale-watching boats can only go out for about two hours a day because the sea bed has risen.

"Dredging would normally go through quite a lengthy consent process, and goodness knows what you do with the rubble from those enormous slips," Mr Key said.

"We can't leave these people high and dry, if we need emergency legislation we will pass it."

He said he had told locals he thought there would be broad parliamentary support for any emergency legislation the government brought in.

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