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National Transition Period after quake

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/12/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">The government has implemented a National Transition Period to allow for a co-ordinated recovery effort across the earthquake affected South Island.</span> © Mark Mitchell - Pool/Getty Images The government has implemented a National Transition Period to allow for a co-ordinated recovery effort across the earthquake affected South Island. A National Transition Period for recovery after the devastating 7.8 magnitude Kaikoura earthquake has come into force.

Acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says it will support a smooth and well co-ordinated recovery where there are complex multi-regional issues across local boundaries, including the road and rail network.

"A National Transition Period will help us to manage those issues with national implications, and to provide the wrap-around support to local authorities that will ensure effective recovery at a local level," Mr Brownlee said.

It is in force in the Kaikoura, Hurunui and Marlborough districts and includes the Canterbury Regional Council and central government agencies.

Former New Zealand Transport Agency group manager Dave Brash has been appointed as a National Recovery Manager to co-ordinate the process.

The state of local emergency in Kaikoura was lifted as the new transition period came into force.

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