Repairs to earthquake damaged war memorials a 'morale boost' for Kaikoura

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War memorials significantly damaged in the Kaikoura earthquake are getting repaired in time for ANZAC Day, which has been described as a "morale boost" for the town. 

It’s a morale booster for the local Hurunui community facing a long road to recovery.
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The repairs have been made possible due to a lottery grant, which has been made a priority by the council. 

Hurunui District Mayor Winton Dalley told 1 NEWS two cenotaphs were "seriously damaged", one at Spotswoord, as well as one at Waiau. 

"These are two places where we have services on an annual basis and with about ten services around the district in our small communities, ANZAC day is extremely important to bring those communities together," Mr Dalley said. 

Quentin Cassidy, an Irish stonemason in Christchurch for the rebuild, is committed to the challenge of repairing the memorials. 

"I found the memorial in several different pieces, the main ball was lying maybe 20 metres away from the main structure and then there was a plague with inscriptions of the names on it and it was broke and cracked and damaged," Mr Cassidy said. 

"More stones have shifted so have to get it back into place, reinforce with steel and steps which are stone not concrete like here so it's having to source the stone as well."

Sue Galletly from the Waiau Citizens Association says the repairs "is a start and good morale booster".

"We have sustained huge damage from this earthquake and we are hoping we can repair our infrastructure and our township and our farms and businesses to something perhaps a bit better," she said. 

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