Kaikoura's most vulnerable cut off by earthquake

Elder Major Timms (Newshub.)
Elder Major Timms (Newshub.)

While the local iwi continues to feed stranded tourists at Takahanga Marae, today they got a chance to check on some of their own people cut off in the areas surrounding the Kaikoura township.

Elder Major Timms made the road trip and took Newshub along for the ride.

When he isn't working all hours of the day at Takahanga Marae he drives the local school bus. He knows these roads well and can't believe the state they're now in.

He's is checking on some of the community's most vulnerable and admits he's worried sick about them.

Some of those on the list have already managed to flee, likely taken to safety by other family members. Others are grateful they haven't been forgotten.

With the immediate focus on getting the Kaikoura township back on its feet again it's not known how long it'll take to get outlying roads fixed.

Although work on one road to the town will enable a fortuitous delivery of a cargo originally meant for Christchurch.

Severaly trucks have been stuck here since the earthquake, and locals have been topping up the fuel to keep the refrigeration going because there are perishable food items inside like bacon.

They're just waiting for the authority now to take the truck into town to Kaikoura so the locals can have the food.

As we've seen on this road trip - when modern technology fails, the old fashioned ways still work - like a simple handwritten  note left on a door to let someone know you're okay.

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