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Navy to visit Kaikoura to show support

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/12/2016

A navy ship that was the first to arrive in quake-damaged Kaikoura will return to the town on Thursday to reinforce the defence force's support for its residents.

The offshore patrol vessel HMNZS Wellington will berth at Kaikoura for a one-day goodwill visit almost a month after it helped the disaster relief effort in the wake of the November 14 earthquake.

Since helping the coastal town get back on its feet it has been on a successful fisheries patrol in the Southern Ocean.

While in Kaikoura, around 30 crew and 10 New Zealand Army soldiers will visit three primary schools and put on a sausage sizzle.

The sailors will then visit the township to catch up with the local community.

"It's really about showing solidarity and continued support for Kaikoura as it starts on the path to recovery," says Lieutenant Commander Matt Kaio.

"The community has shown remarkable resilience in the face of challenges resulting from the earthquake, so there has never been a more crucial time to stand with them."

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