On November 14, 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Kaikōura, Aotearoa. The jolt resulted from the country’s strongest ground acceleration on record.
Communities were isolated. State Highway 1, the main road on the South Island of Aotearoa between Christchurch and Picton, was buckled, broken and buried in several places. The Main North Line, the South Island's mainline railway between Picton and Christchurch, had two large sections scooped into the sea by landslides.
The North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) alliance was set-up to restore the road and rail networks. WSP worked with NCTIR on the recovery and rebuild.