Scene of destruction caused by earthquake, 16 Nov. 1901 : a 2.5ft deep fissure on the road between Cheviot and Port Robinson.
One article even suggests that the moon caused the quake. Others report ministerial visits. The similarity with the Kaikoura Earthquake is uncanny.
However, it is of concern that the Cheviot earthquake led to the almost total abandonment of that rural town. While the Christchurch Star would not have reported each and every aftershock, it does report many for almost a year after the initial 6.9 earthquake. The last report I found was in September - 10 months later - and this reports 6 severe aftershocks in quick succession. It seems that the main reason damage to buildings in Cheviot reduced was because settlers stopped using cob and brick - instead using corrugated iron and wood - even for chimneys. Light buildings are more robust in a sharp earthquake.
From what I've learned about earthquakes, the best predictor of earthquake behaviour today, is to know how the same geological system behaved when it last moved. There are patterns to earthquakes. If Cheviot is anything to go by, Kaikoura and environs will be subject to severe aftershocks for about a year.