Progress in quake readi­ness

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About 150 Kapiti com­muters wear­ing high-vis­i­bil­ity vests walked from Wellington to Rau­mati over the week­end to test their preparedness for a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter.

Lions Long Walk Home project man­ager An­drew Laing said com­muters were test­ing their abil­ity to trek the more than 45 kilo­me­tres home from Wellington over two days, should an earth­quake make rail and road travel im­pos­si­ble.

The walk went ahead de­spite strong winds.

‘‘ Real dis­as­ters don’t nec­es­sar­ily pick nice days,’’ Laing said.

The ‘‘army’’ left Wellington Rail­way Sta­tion at 8.30am on Satur­day.

Com­muters trekked 24km to Ngati­toa Do­main in Mana via the Old Hutt Rd, Ngau­ranga Gorge, through Johnsonville to Tawa via Mid­dle­ton Rd to the Porirua Rail­way Sta­tion.

On Sun­day, they com­pleted the sec­ond 24km leg up State High­way 1 and along Paekakariki Beach to Rau­mati Beach vil­lage.

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