New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - THIS WEEK IN... -

A year ago, Kaikoura was the quiet but ma­jes­tic coastal town where you could pick up a fresh cray­fish from a lo­cal at the wharf, jump on a boat to find your­self in the com­pany of re­gal whales, or ex­pe­ri­ence the rather unique sen­sa­tion of tak­ing a swim in the sea whilst look­ing back up at a snow-capped moun­tain range.

Of course, Kaikoura is still that won­der­ful and truly beau­ti­ful place, but the town and its peo­ple have for­ever been changed and scarred by the 7.8 earth­quake that struck on Novem­ber 14, 2016. Now, as we ap­proach the year an­niver­sary of the dev­as­tat­ing quake, the Weekly spoke to a cou­ple of lo­cals who are try­ing to get their lives back on track. And I have to warn you – it does make for tough read­ing.

There are cer­tainly tales of hope com­ing out of Kaikoura, and res­i­dents who have found sil­ver lin­ings and ways to make some­thing beau­ti­ful out of the tragedy. Natalie Ab­sa­lom is one of those – she’d sur­vived the Christchurch quake, only to have her life turned up­side down again in Kaikoura, but she’s found an in­ge­nious new pas­sion to make some­thing good from the rub­ble. But Gary Mor­ton is hav­ing a rough time. His part­ner Jo-Anne Mack­in­non was killed in the quake and now Gary’s been dealt an­other heartwrench­ing blow. It makes for dif­fi­cul-tread­ing, but our hearts and thoughts are with you Gary – and with all of you in Kaikoura this Novem­ber 14.

Stay safe this week.


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