Eight Māori agencies have jumped on board to assist Kaikoura evacuees staying at Tuahiwi Marae. Ngāi Tahu and Te Puni Kōkiri will be funding each whānau five hundred dollars to help with the recovery process since the quake on Monday morning.
Marae spokesman Jimmy Brennan says “there are 20 families currently staying at our marae. They flew in to Cheviot and Woodend yesterday and we have more to come.”
Ngāi Tahu has undertaken a rescue operation, sending choppers out to Kaikōura and other areas to evacuate whānau and to supply food and resources. Hana O’Regan says “Our Kati Kuri relations are amazing- they have been doing a fantastic job since the quake looking after thousands even with their own lives and houses devastated”.
Many people from all over Te Waipounamu have donated food, clothing and other necessities to help the evacuees get back on their feet. Hana Skerrett-White says “ E tū Ngāi Tūāhuriri i te wā o te korekore ki te manaaki, ki te tiaki i ngā whānau, me kī ngā mōrehu o Rūaimoko.”
There are approximately 60 volunteers helping out, the eldest is Taua Patricia Silk-Anglem, who will be turning 94 next month.
“Operations at Tuahiwi Marae, particularly in the wharekai, are running well”, Silk-Anglem says.
“Donations of kai have been coming in from many whanau, including kaimoana, baking, vegetables - you name it, we have it.”
Yesterday Tuahiwi School performed for their relations in Kaikoura and uplift the mana from those who experienced the trauma earlier this week.