Build­ing blocks for a happy fam­ily

Kaikoura Star - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JEN­NIFER EDER

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?’’’

PHOTO: RICKY WIL­SON/STUFF

Christchurch fam­ily, from left, Vanessa Hop­kins, Glenn Cat­ter­mole, in driver’s seat, and Mathew Cat­ter­mole are stoked to be re­pair­ing State High­way 1 to­gether.

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