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More quake aid for Kaikoura

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/06/2017

The government is putting up an additional $14.4 million for repairs to Kaikoura's infrastructure.

Civil Defence Minister Nathan Guy says the region suffered around $20 million damage to assets such as water pipes and bore holes in November's 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

And the government is going to pay its share of 60 per cent of repair costs upfront by giving cash advances to the council.

That's a change from normal practice whereby councils pay for repairs after emergencies and are then reimbursed by the government for 60 per cent of the cost.

"A small council like Kaikoura District simply does not have the cash reserves to pay upfront so it makes sense for the government to help out," Mr Guy said on Wednesday.

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