Kaikōura evacuees return home

  • Te Waipounamu

He hokinga ki ō rātou wāhi noho te mahi ētahi o te hau kainga o Kaikoura i te rā nei. E whā wiki ki muri, ka rū ana te whenua i te raki o Waitaha ā he tokorua i mate. E toru tekau mā rima ngā whānau nō Ngāti Kuri me Ngāi Tahu i takahia atu te huarahi matua whitu tekau i te ata nei, ā ka tae ora atu rātou ki Takahanga Marae i mua i te poupoutanga o te rā.

Te otinga o te takahanga nui ki Takahanga Marae

"Oh I started crying when I started to see the sea. I'm so glad to be home," says resident Myra Timms.

E toru tekau ma rima katoa nga uri tamariki mai, pakeke mai i takahi I te haerenga e ono me te hawhe haora te roa mai I Otautahi I tenei ata.

"I've been on the West Coast. I was over there for three weeks while I was healing up because I got a bit injured in the earthquake. I got back over here on Wednesday and just been loafing around waiting for the bus to get back up home," says resident Jeremy Rae.

Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura Chair Henare Manawatu says, "We evacuated 136. So we had 52 that were supposed to go through today but a lot of them pulled out because they're still too scared"

Ehara I te hokinga maamaa ki te kainga. I mate tetahi o nga waka…a, he tu Kotahi haora te roa ki te aukati I Waiau.

E pokarakara tonu ana te ara matua whitu ngahuru. Heoi, ko te nuinga o nga tawhaa kua papatautia, kua whakawateahia nga horo.

E arotahi ana nga whanau inaianei ki te ra Kirihimete kei nga rua wiki e tu nei.

"It's scary, umm, to think the earth can do that, you know. An earthquake can do so much damage," says Angela Timms.

Heoi, e mea ana te runanga ka whai koha nga tamariki I tenei Kirihimete. Ka whakaputua etahi taonga I whakakii I tetahi o nga waka, a, he taonga ano ka tapirihia a tona wa.