From earthquake damaged homes, to Civil Defence evacuations, to Pāua salvation. Native Affairs reporter Oriini Kaipara hit the ground this week to see the impact the earthquakes have had on Kaikōura residents.
We were with Jason Timms when he returned to his home for the first time since the earthquake. He had been voluntarily cooking at Takahanga Marae, helping others from the day the 7.8 earthquake struck. Jason was at home with his sister and nieces when it hit. “It wouldn’t let you get up. It just was going that way, and that way. It was all over,” said resident Jason Timms.
Civil Defence evacuation
At Goose Bay, 15 kms south of Kaikōura, Oriini met one of the locals being evacuated by Civil Defence, over fears a stream blocked by a landslide could endanger lives. “We’ve had Civil Defence come down with the Police and they’ve pretty much told us that you know it’s time to evacuate out of here due to a dam build up,” said Matene Te Kahuariki.
We were with volunteers and MPI when they finally agreed to terms to save a few more pāua together before they stopped the voluntary work. It was gratefully received by locals concerned about the stocks. “If this group of people hadn’t moved what they’d moved the mortality would have been huge,” said Runanga o Kaikōura spokesperson Butch McDonald.
We will continue to monitor the situation in Kaikōura and wish everyone there all the best as they rebuild their lives.