FROM THE EDITOR
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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