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Kaikoura harbour works to cost $5.7m

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/04/2017

The government has upped its contribution for a post-quake Kaikoura Harbour restoration to $5.7 million.

An additional $700,000 on top of the December commitment of $5m was announced by Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee on Friday, putting the project on track for an October completion date.

"The initial $5m grant was a rough estimate so repairs could get going immediately. Now that the detailed design is complete we have a better picture of the total costs," Mr Brownlee said.

Dredging works were needed after the 7.8 magnitude November earthquake lifted the seabed by up to two metres in some places around Kaikoura.

The funding will also restore four berths and jetties damaged by the quake to allow vital whale and dolphin watching tourism operations back up and running.

Kaikoura Mayor Winston Gray said a good portion of the town's workforce relied on tourism so news the harbour would be functional by next tourist season would be welcomed by residents.

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