Rain washes away hopes for another Kaikoura convoy




Rain has dampened hopes of more convoys in and out of Kaikoura today as wet weather batters down on the quake-stricken town.

Progress is being made in the area, with pupils in the quake-hit town also returning to school today.
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Hurunui District Council says people should stay out of Kaikoura and North Canterbury rivers north of the Waiau because of a risk of landslides, particularly after the recent rain.

A convoy north from Mt Lyford on the inland route on Friday morning was cancelled as was a southbound convoy that was due to leave Kaikoura at 2pm.

A helicopter was unable to do the pre-convoy road inspection and rain means there are likely to be additional slips on the road.

This woman says the trip to Waiau on the inland road was scary and she had to navigate rocks nearly as big as her car.
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The NZ Transport Agency has also urged all residents to avoid the coastal town's surrounding hills.

Transport Agency Regional Performance Manager Pete Connors says precaution needs to be taken as the route is already fragile as it is for travel.

“We’ve seen some of the heaviest rain in the area since the earthquake and keeping people safe on this route, along with our contractors who are working to fix the road, is our number one priority."

He said further damage has been discovered that will be needed to be fixed over the weekend, with the next convoys planned for Monday.

The convoy out of Kaikoura has begun today, with people packing up home and animals.
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Yesterday 12 residents at Goose Bay on a higher plateau were told they could return to their properties.

But owners of properties lower down and on the coast still have to wait until more research is done by scientists on a dam that has formed behind a landslide. The research is expected by the end of next week.

Goose Bay, which is 7km south of Kaikoura, has about 35 houses but several are holiday homes.

A schedule for supervised travel in and out of Kaikoura has been set up for those who register with the Transport Agency which can be found here.

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