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Kaikoura supermarket reopens

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/11/2016

Kaikoura residents can now access emergency supplies from supermarket chain New World after it reopened its outlet in the isolated town.

The popular tourist town remains cut-off from essential services after Monday's quake damaged road and rail links.

But Foodstuffs South Island Limited chief executive Steve Anderson said his team flew an engineer into the town, who cleared New World's outlet for opening.

With power cuts spoiling its fresh and frozen produce, he said the store would offer essential goods to customers.

"Access to the community is still very limited and the business is working with Civil Defence to get supplies through to the store but until this detail is confirmed the store is unable to re-stock," he said.

He said his team was attempting "to ensure everyone has the opportunity to access key staples such as water, canned goods and other essential items".

Mr Anderson said other New World outlets across the South Island continued to be resupplied, despite disruptions to road networks and rail freight.

"Our supply chain is incredibly robust and has been tested many times through the Canterbury earthquakes," he said.

"Product is arriving to stores and a variety of freight options are being utilised across the supply chain."

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