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Kaikoura evacuation to resume

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/11/2016 Sean Martin

The navy's multi-role vessel Canterbury is due to arrive off the coast of Kaikoura on Wednesday as the effort to evacuate stranded tourists and residents steps up following Monday's massive quake.

Around 200 people had been flown out of the town by New Zealand Defence Force helicopters by last light on Tuesday and the flights are due to resume on Wednesday morning with around 1000 still needing to leave.

Those taken to Christchurch included two babies who were among 11 campers at Kaikoura's Goose Bay campground.

THe HMNZS Canterbury is due to arrive off the coast at around 9am following the arrival of the HMNZS Wellington and the HMNZS Te Kaha and tanker ship, HMNZS Endeavour will also be sent.

Four NH90 helicopters have been delivering aid supplies and ferrying people out of the quake zone after the magnitude-7.5 tremor.

Three warships from the United States, Canada and Australia will also be assisting the relief effort and the US has offered two helicopters to be used as required.

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