Ngāi Tahu provides support for quake-affected whānau

By Taroi Black
  • South Island

Ngāi Tahu has made it their mission to continue sending food and water to people who are still stuck in Kaikoura. Some people have already arrived by helicopter to Cheviot - 55 minutes from Kaikoura. 

A Kaikoura resident Lorraine Hawks arrived in Cheviot this morning with her eight grandchildren but she's waiting for another two to fly in.

"We'll be waiting here in Cheviot until all my grandchildren have arrived. I know there's whanau from our other marae at Tuahiwi outside of Christchurch who have flown over to Kaikoura to collect my other mokopuna. Our house was destroyed so we'll be staying at the local Ngai Tuahuriri marae (Tuahiwi)," she says. 

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has also been rescuing families by chopper, some have decided to camp at Tuahiwi.

Hawkes says, "We're really grateful for all the help from our iwi."

A group of tourists from Canada have been stuck in Kaikoura for the past three days. Brad Usher tells Te Kaea that last night was the best sleep they've had this week. However, the group is still waiting for another 24 members to fly out of Kaikoura.

Although tourists have been at the bottom of the list of people to be flown out, Usher says they're 'grateful' for hospitality from Civil Defence and Kaikoura locals.