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Kaikoura's marae serves last meal

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/11/2016

Evacuees formerly stranded in the earthquake-affected town of Kaikoura rest aboard the New Zealand naval ship HMNZS Canterbury on November 16. © Reuters Evacuees formerly stranded in the earthquake-affected town of Kaikoura rest aboard the New Zealand naval ship HMNZS Canterbury on November 16. After a week of looking after visitors and earthquake response workers, Takahanga Marae in Kaikoura will serve its last communal meal on Sunday.

Civil Defence controller John Mackie said that the marae had extended very generous hospitality to hundreds of people every day since the earthquake.

"On behalf of everyone working in the response team, I would like to acknowledge and thank Te Runanga o Kaikoura, the hapu of Ngati o Kuri and Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu for their enormous effort and support."

He earlier told a public meeting in the coastal town cut off by Monday's 7.8-magnitude earthquake there was now food in the supermarkets and money in the Eftpos machines.

A recovery assistance centre has been set up at Kaikoura Primary School where information to help residents is available.

Acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee assured residents the government won't walk away from them and the New Zealand Defence Force will continue to provide support for as long as needed.

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