Kaiaua Compass - December 2016

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

While international events have dominated much of what has happened this year that all changed with the devastating earthquakes that hit the upper South Island and crippling Kaikōura, parts of the Main Trunk Railway and SH 1. In Wellington some buildings suffered major damage but most came through remarkably unscathed.

The emergency services did a remarkable job and by sheer co-incidence that the 75th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Navy was being commemorated warships from around the world were due to enter Auckland Harbour to mark the International Naval Review

However, in light of the seriousness of the  earthquakes, the fleet of international warships bypassed the  naval celebrations and headed for Kaikoura to assist with rescue and recovery. Our  thanks go out  to the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan and Singapore for their assistance and support.

For those people especially those tourists stranded in Kaikōura the magnificent sight of a fleet or ships heading  for the coast must have been especially reassuring.

The government has put in place a $5 million post-quake support package for the primary sector in the Hurunui, Kaikoura and Marlborough districts.

This support will help with non-insurable assets such as tracks, on-farm bridges and water infrastructure.

You can TXT “RED CROSS” to 3181 to make a $3 donation to NZ Red Cross.

Be prepared

Disaster events like earthquakes are a fact of life for New Zealanders but we often think it wont happen to us.  Go to http://getthru.govt.nz/how-to-get-ready/emergency-survival-items/.  Assemble and maintain your emergency survival items for your home as well as a portable getaway kit in case you have to leave in a hurry. You should also have essential emergency items in your workplace and in your car.

If there is a real emergency we won’t have time to prepare a kit. There will be too much to think about.

Happy and safe holidays

On a lighter note, while Christmas is almost here Parliament continues working well into December.

For many in our region, summer is the busiest time of the year. I hope you can take some time with families and friends and at this special time of year.

Finally for 2016, I want to extend my very best wishes to you and yours for a safe, peaceful Christmas and New Year.

ENDS