Canterbury Mayors call for a declaration of state of Regional Emergency

Ashburton District Mayor Donna Favel is supporting the call from Canterbury Mayors for a declaration of state of Regional Emergency from the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management.

Civil Defence Regional Controller Neville Reilly briefed Canterbury Mayors at an emergency meeting as to the state of affairs in Hurunui and Kaikoura Districts.

Mayor Favel says, “Our concerns are that we need to work together to ensure the support is there at a regional level due to the damage sustained in both of these districts.”

“Our economy is based on the ability to transport goods via road or rail, and with the damage on SH1 and the railway through Kaikoura, the impacts will be felt throughout the South Island for quite a long time until repairs can be done,” she adds.

The Council’s Civil Defence is sending trained staff to support the relief efforts in Hurunui at the Emergency Operations Centre.

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