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.