Nin’s Bin back in busi­ness for fes­ti­val

Kaikoura Star - - OUT & ABOUT - PIPPA BROWN

Nin’s Bin, the fa­mous cray­fish car­a­van on the Kaiko¯ura coast, will end their hia­tus at this year’s Seafest.

It will be the first time the seafood ven­dor has been in busi­ness since the earth­quake.

The set­tle­ment of Rakau­tara, about 20 kilo­me­tres north of Kaiko¯ura, was cut off for sev­eral months af­ter the earth­quake.

Although road ac­cess for res­i­dents was re­stored sev­eral months later, the main high­way be­tween Pic­ton and Kaik­oura won’t re­open un­til Christ­mas at least.

Co-owner Johnny Clark said they would’ve been cel­e­brat­ing their 40th an­niver­sary this year.

The Clark’s house was wrecked but the Nin’s Bin car­a­van is still there, although it suf­fered a bit of cos­metic dam­age af­ter the quake. It won’t make the jour­ney to Seafest though.

‘‘You can hardly see it at the mo­ment be­cause it is sur­rounded by build­ings from the road and rail re­build,’’ he said.

Nin’s Bin wasn’t a reg­u­lar stall­holder at the fes­ti­val.

‘‘We don’t nor­mally come down be­cause cray­fish aren’t usu­ally a big seller there.

‘‘But we thought we would come and have a wee go,’’ said Clark.

Clark has some spe­cial dishes on the menu for the fes­ti­val, gar­lic half crays and a cray­fish curry, which he said would go down a treat with beer.

Since the busi­ness closed more than 10 months ago, Clark said he has been get­ting by.

The busi­ness is plan­ning to open as soon as the road north is re­con­nected.

‘‘Since our main in­come has gone we’re just try­ing to work around it, but we’re still catch­ing crays.’’

When the road opens he hoped the busi­ness would tick over just the same.

‘‘It will be good to get back into the swing of things and back to a nor­mal life­style,’’ he said.

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