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Urgent quake bills coming to parliament

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/11/2016

The government will introduce legislation to parliament this week which will allow authorities to bypass normal processes and get Kaikoura back on its feet as quickly as possible.

Prime Minister John Key says the legislation will be similar to that which was passed after the Christchurch earthquakes, and parliament will sit under urgency to pass it.

He says it will allow the harbour to be dredged without the usual Resource Management Act process, and he expects work to start in December.

It will also allow the huge slips on SH1 to be cleared by pushing rocks and soil into the sea.

"Under normal circumstances you would have to apply to the council, get a permit which would be subject to appeals and then go through the Environment Court," Mr Key said.

The government has talked it through with opposition parties ahead of introducing three bills, the first two on Tuesday.

"I think there's pretty much wide-ranging support, we've got enough for a majority," Mr Key said.

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