Parliament to vote on urgent quake legislation

Acting civil defence minister Gerry Brownlee (Newshub)
Acting civil defence minister Gerry Brownlee (Newshub)

Urgent legislation to help quake-ravaged Kaikōura get back on its feet will be voted on in Parliament today.

Two Bills are being introduced that aim to speed up repair processes, including bypassing council authorities to start dredging in Kaikōura, and allowing councils to require building owners to undertake earthquake assessments of their properties.

Acting civil defence minister Gerry Brownlee says the Bills will give the Government more power to start the rebuild.

"These are exceptional circumstances and you can't just leave people hanging out there not able to do the things that make their lives better, for the sake of a much longer process", Mr Brownlee says.

A third Bill will be discussed at a select committee on Thursday.

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