13 Aug 2017

Kaikōura businesses worried over road plan

12:30 pm on 13 August 2017

Three Kaikōura businesses may have to close down because of a plan to realign State Highway 1 where it enters the town from the south.

Workers clear the slip at Ohau Point north of Kaikōura.

Workers clear the slip at Ohau Point north of Kaikōura. Photo: Transport Minister's office

The Transport Agency said the current access was unsafe.

It said 22 properties would be affected by the change, five of them significantly.

Dave Stanford, who owns the Lazy Shag Backpackers, said his property and at least two others would need to be knocked down to make way for the road.

"I've put my life into this business. Every dollar we've made, we've basically reinvested into it," he said.

Mr Stanford said the proposal had added to the stress at a time when business had been badly affected by last November's earthquake.

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