Evidence today that life in the quake-struck township of Kaikoura is returning to normal. The rise in community spirit engendered by the quake has very obviously dissipated.
The editor’s column in the Kaikoura Star on 7 December admonishes residents for returning to their old ways.
It’s not like their increased offending can be blamed on outsiders either – the place is swarming with cops and cut off from the outside world. After surviving one of the worst earthquakes in living memory, it looks like Kaikouranz still have to be saved from themselves.
Editor Emma ‘Aunty’ Dangerfield admonished her readers thus:
“…I was sad to hear the other day that police are having to deal with increased drink-drivers and dishonesty offences…just remember, there are a lot of police in town at the moment and are still trying to prevent us all from doing silly things. Kaikoura is not a big place, if you do have a drink why not walk to your destination.
I am also a little uncomfortable about all the Givealittle pages which have been set up for individuals when the entire community has been affected by the earthquake. It doesn’t sit well with me to see single businesses profit when there are so many others in the same boat…”
Apparently, some businesses have had the audacity to set up Givealittle pages to recoup their losses following the Kaikoura earthquake. How un-public spirited of them to try to survive.
Meanwhile, the council’s decision to ban a coffee cart from the town centre has been slammed as mean-spirited and unhelpful by some residents.
Sharon Rayner’s Bean Me UP cart (great name) had been moved to the main part of town to deliver free sustenance to extra police, army personnel, civil defence and other emergency workers.
Now that they no longer need her services, and other businesses have reopened and are complaining about her presence, they want her gone.ASAP. Yesterday, please.
Sharon has been told to move her cart back to its original Beach Road location, where unfortunately there is little trade after SH1 was decimated by the quake.
Maybe Sharon should also set up a Givealittle page, if that’s ok with the townships other residents too?
There’s a lot of viciousness in Kaikoura
Some of our readers may recall this article:There’s a lot of viciousness in Kaikoura. We wrote about how an immigrant couple who were trying to operate their buisness were run out of town. Ms Irvine-Boag and her partner Tony Neumann had to move out of Kaikoura because of two violent street assaults and threats that were made against them.
They moved to the coastal community in 2008 but say they soon encountered hostility from the locals who treated them as outsiders.
Ms Irvine-Boag said their neighbour refused to speak to them, while pavement signs for her business were repeatedly moved.
“You can be there 40 or 50 years and you’re still not accepted,” she said.
“There’s a lot of viciousness.”
The final straw was a violent attack that left her partner needing stitches to his mouth and lip.
Read details of the assaults here in the Marlborough Express.
Ms Irvine-Boag said she could not understand why two “semi-retired” people in their 50s were targeted.
After what felt like a long, “very cold” winter, the couple put their house on the market and moved to Christchurch, vowing they would “never return to live in Kaikoura”.
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