Media release: New book brings together expert views on Kaikōura earthquake

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Media release: New book brings together expert views on Kaikōura earthquake

This week the NZ Coastal Society is launching a book bringing together expert commentary on the Kaikōura earthquake.

Shaky Shores – Coastal impacts & responses to the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake covers topics ranging from tsunami and whale behaviour, to civil defence and port operations.

The book looks at what has been learnt about the effects of the earthquakes on the coastal physical environment and marine ecology, including the Kaikōura Canyon. It also covers the response to the event by communities and government agencies.

The ‘By the numbers’ page of the publication (embargoed copy attached) shows the magnitude of both the 14 November 2016 event and subsequent response.

Media are invited to attend the book launch at the ECan office in Christchurch on Friday 8 June, which coincides with World Oceans Day.

The book launch event will include illustrated talks by three of the book’s contributors:

  • Tsunami scientist Dr Jose Borrero will discuss the tsunami generated by the Kaikōura earthquake and highlights how this event exposed some vulnerabilities in New Zealand's tsunami preparedness plans.
  • NCTIR’s Dr Manea Sweeney will speak about the enormous challenges of restoring the region’s roads, rail and infrastructure.
  • Canterbury University marine ecologist Prof Dave Schiel will describe the impacts on marine rocky reef ecosystems and their natural recovery over time.

Copies of the book are being donated to public libraries and local community organisations.  It will also be available from mid-June 2018 on the Society’s website,

The Society’s previous special publications have looked at lessons learned from the Rena shipwreck event (2014) and at coastal communities’ adaptation to climate change (2016).



Click here for all event information.


To RSVP for the book launch please contact Deepani Seneviratna,


Spokesperson for further information: NZCS Chair Tom Shand,

Alternative contact:

  • Jose Borrero (guest speaker and & NZCS Council member): +64 21 343 717,