Building blocks for a happy family
The thought of working with your partner all day is enough to send some running for the hills.
But not this couple, heck, they’ve even thrown their child in the mix too.
The Cattermole family, of Christchurch, have upped sticks to Ke¯kerengu¯, north of Kaiko¯ura, to work on the highway rebuild.
Mum Vanessa, dad Glenn and son Mathew, 20, moved to the coastal township, cut off from Kaiko¯ura by large landslides, in March.
They were all working for the same construction company, but on different projects, when the call came out for help after the Kaiko¯ura earthquake in November.
Vanessa Hopkins said the family jumped at the chance to help with the rebuild.
‘‘It’s home, the South Island. And we’re all quite passionate about our jobs so it wasn’t really a question for us, it was just, ‘when and where?’’’
Christchurch family, from left, Vanessa Hopkins, Glenn Cattermole, in driver’s seat, and Mathew Cattermole are stoked to be repairing State Highway 1 together.