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Two years on the rip­ples from the Kaik­oura earth­quake are still felt.

But the strong­est thread run­ning through the sto­ries from the re­gion this week re­flect­ing on the 7.8 mag­ni­tude quake that changed lives and liveli­hoods is one of op­ti­mism.

In Kaik­oura it­self there is a quiet de­ter­mi­na­tion to get bet­ter, to "move on and up" as cafe owner Dianne McNeil says.

The life­line of State High­way 1 re­opened a year ago, is still vul­ner­a­ble in parts, but im­prov­ing by the month. It’s a huge tes­ta­ment to all those who have worked to re­pair road and rail dam­age un­prece­dented in New Zealand.

And while there have been frus­tra­tions, al­most all res­i­den­tial in­sur­ance claims have now been set­tled.

As the Christchurch quake showed the men­tal and emo­tional ef­fects can linger, and Kaik­oura High School is keep­ing up the pres­sure to re­tain a coun­sel­lor.

But the re­gion is head­ing to­ward sum­mer in a sunny mood. The quake and its re­cov­ery may even have cre­ated more com­mu­nity con­nec­tions, more pride in the place where you live, more hope for a brighter fu­ture.

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