The number of aftershocks since Monday's earthquake has reached 1650 and the people who have been blocked in Kaikoura for three days since the massive quake hit are finally reuniting with family.
Emergency services have moved in to assess the damage on the quake-hit areas and a large response team arrived in Kaikoura this morning to focus on returning people back to their homes or alternative accommodation.
Taroi Black is at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu headquarters where rescue teams were dispatched by chopper to bring whānau out of Kaikoura.
He says, some of those families have agreed to stay at Tuahiwi Marae.
Te Kāea has also been informed that Hana O'Reagan from the Rūnanga has also been sent over with supplies and assistance to those families at the top of the South Island. Some tourists have also been flown into Cheviot and Woodend.