Kaiapoi bouncing back, five years on from Canterbury Quake

Five years on from the large quake that struck the Canterbury region and the quake-hit town of Kaiapoi is bouncing back.

Despite losing 20 percent of its housing stock to red-zoning, the Canterbury town recently exceeded its pre-quake population. Source: 1 NEWS

It’s the fifth anniversary since the 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit the Canterbury region, with several aftershocks following, including the deadly Febraury 2011 disaster.

The small town was one of the worst hit, losing over 1000 homes, a large chunk of their businesses and 20 percent of its housing stock to red-zoning.

Since then buildings have been rebuilt, roads fixed, the main street revitalised and new additions like a new museum have been put in.

Waimakariri Mayor, David Ayers says the journey has been a real rollercoaster ride and that, despite the progress they've made, uncertainty lies with the red-zoned land.

"They're not asking for Disneyland, they're asking for food forests, dogparks and walking parks or sports grounds," Mr Ayers  said.

Meanwhile in Chirstchurch the recovery has been slower than Kaiapoi due to the extent of the damage.

However EQC has completed nearly 97 percent of their home repairs programme, with work on city roads and underground pipes nearly complete.

SCIRT Executive General Manager, Ian Campbell says they're on target to complete construction work by the end of 2016.