Wellington High-rise resident wants out of quake-zone

Mānia Clarke
  • Te Whanganui-ā-Tara

He ratonga tohutohu tangata kei te whakatikatika ki te āwhina i te hunga kua pākinohia e te rū ina tata nei. Ko ngā pānga kaha o tērā rū me te rū o te tau rua mano tekau mā tahi e titi kaha tonu nei, nā whai anō tana hiahia kia whakarērea tōna whare nohonga teitei i Te Whanganui a Tara, te wāhi i kaha rangona ai te rū. 

Ka whakahoki mahara a Kimberly King ki te i rongo ia i te rū whenua.

“At the time it was, it felt like an out of body experience you could say like, you kind of you know you're in it, but you don't really feel like you’re in it.  Being up high did make it ten times more frightening. I mean you have images of what happened to the buildings in Christchurch how it pancaked and you have those kind of nightmares.”

Kotahi mano rima rau ngā rū kua pā mai anō i te rūwhenua matua i te pōtūtanga o te Pōhina.

“When we're back in the building and we had a pretty big aftershock, it was about 2 o'clock the next day. Yeah I kind of panicked then, I just started looking at flights to Auckland. I just wanted to get out.  I was kind of over it, my nerves had kind of reached the end of their limits.”

E ai ki t e Timuwhakarae o Skylight Trust a Henare, “People go through a range of emotions, and one of those emotions is to get out, to flee the area, to walk away.”

E rua tau ki muri i hūnuku atu ai a Kimberly ki Te Whanganui a Tara i Kirikiriroa ki te whai mahi, ā, kua piki ake ia.

“It's still an option on the table whether or not I move away from Wellington, I will think about that, but then the other option is maybe it wouldn't feel so bad if I was in one of the suburbs in a house, instead of in an apartment,” hei tā King.

“We've got information specifically designed for people after an earthquake, but also for people having to cope with aftershocks, and also information on how to support children and young people through earthquakes,” hei tā Henare.

E matapae ana a Skylight Trust, tokomaha ngā tāngata ka rapu āwhina atu hei ngā wiki, tae atu ki ngā marama e ono e tū nei, kia mōhio rā anō rātou ka raru kē ngā piropiro i ngā rūwhenua.