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Work on slip south of Kaikoura

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/04/2017
Damaged highway near the town of Kaikoura © Rex Images Damaged highway near the town of Kaikoura

Work on clearing a big slip south of Kaikoura is due to gear up.

The slip came down on State Highway 1 about 200m north of Rosy Morn, a stream, which is south of Peketa.

It was also the site of a large slip generated by the September 2010 earthquake.

NZTA says the new slip caused by Cyclone Cook is about 100m long.

"The hillside has essentially dropped onto the road."

Helicopters were used to sluice higher up the slip on Sunday.

Once it's deemed safe, crews with trucks and diggers will start clearing the material on Easter Monday.

The road is likely to remain shut to the public for another two days.

Kaikoura was cut-off during the November 2016 magnitude 7.8 earthquake, and SH1 has only be reopened to the town from the south.

People heading to and from Kaikoura should take the inland road via Culverden, Waiau and Mt Lyford.

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