Wendy Petrie: The Kaikoura community will carry on and pick up the pieces after quake

Flying in, you're struck by the beauty of this seaside town. 

Kaikoura, despite the huge 7.8 earthquake and hundreds of aftershocks, still looks like a picture postcard the tourists flock to.

Kaikoura business owners are having to come to terms with the long term financial impact of the quake. Source: 1 NEWS

Our chopper flew up the east coast to get into this stricken cut off community. It's clear to see the enormous rock falls spilling over the coastal road, blocking the route in and out.

As we touch down, the tourists wait on the grass with their bags hoping to get out. The helicopters can't go fast enough.

On day two of this disaster, It's a hot day. So hot many look sunburnt but don't seem to notice. They're milling around the park outside the hospital, waiting, hoping. 

The look on their faces says it all. The holiday is over here. They look tired, strained, anxious - yet they are putting on a brave face. 

Patience is needed in this situation and they are all extremely grateful to the local community that's rallied to provide food and shelter.

Kim Savage takes a roadie down the ravaged Kaikoura coast for a first-hand peek. Source: 1 NEWS

But with no water, basic services, shops shut and bad weather on the way, they want to move on.

It's especially hard for the locals here in Kaikoura. They can't move on. They can only wait it out, hoping the roads will reopen and they can resume their lives and once again draw the tourists.

Roads near Ward in Marlborough were left wrecked by the earthquake and quake stress. Source: 1 NEWS

I'm always so proud of our reporters and crew. They hit the ground running on big stories, barely sleeping or eating, providing updates and telling the stories of the people with empathy.

They don't complain, they haven't showered in days and soldier on through the tremors.

For news crews telling these big stories is a big responsibility. It's what we want to do, why we became journalists. 

The aftershocks keep coming and we all pause and then carry on. 

This community will carry on too and pick up the pieces, hoping one day soon this beautiful spot will again thrive.



'My god she can run' - woman at centre of hilarious Kawakawa dog escape video says Lily is enjoying her 15 minutes of fame

A Bay of Islands woman told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp she is "never going to live this down" after footage of her rescue dog Lily dragging a bakery's flag down the main street of Kawakawa went viral around the globe.

CCTV footage of the freedom-seeking furball's runner — accompanied by Yakety Sax, the song made famous by the Benny Hill Show — has been viewed more than 500,000 times since it was posted to Facebook last night.

Lucie Green, a volunteer with Bay of Islands Animal Rescue, was taking the basset hound for a walk last week when she decided to stop at a local business to buy Lily a treat.

But the Basset Hound received a fright and bolted despite being tied to a large Coca-Cola flag forcing Lucie to give chase.

"For an animal with just little legs, my god she can run," Lucie told Seven Sharp.

Lily, Lucie and the rogue flag brought Kawakawa's State Highway 1 strip to a standstill, the whole escapade captured on CCTV.

"My partner owns a local CCTV company I got to the office and I told him what had happened.

"He didn't tell me he'd done it, but he edited footage and put the music on and uploaded it to Facebook and tagged me in it.

"I knew it was trouble when basically by the time we'd gone to bed last night it had hit 100,000 views," Lucie said.

Thousands of people have since commented on the video, with many of them admiring the dog’s spirit.

"I'm laughing my guts out it's so funny," wrote Facebook user Annie Hicks.

Lucie does see the funny side of events however.

"They say every dog has their day, so I guess Lily is enjoying her 15 mins of fame." 

Lily made a run for it when owner Lucie Green stopped at a shop in the Northland town. Source: Seven Sharp

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Tracking down New Plymouth youth MP candidates after Andrew Little's 'hip' appeal

Labour MP Andrew Little released a tongue in cheek video encouraging young people from New Plymouth to get involved in politics today.

The video inspired TVNZ1's Seven Sharp to travel to Mr Little's old school to find the perfect candidate for its new youth MP.

Judge for yourself if New Plymouth Boys' High students Thomas Foy and Jarrod Wilson have what it takes in the video above.

Tamati Rimene-Sproat is on the case after the Labour MP's piece of political theatre. Source: Seven Sharp

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Watch: Take a tour inside Kate Sheppard’s former house where suffragists worked to get women the right to vote

Suffragist Kate Sheppard's old house in Christchurch goes up for auction next month - so Seven Sharp host Hilary Barry took a tour.

Ms Sheppard was instrumental in gaining New Zealand women the right to vote in 1893. She carried out important work for the suffrage movement in the house during the late 19th Century.

Today saw celebrations around the country marking 125 years since women gained the right to vote in New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern has indicated the Government is interested in buying the house for the nation. It's expected to fetch in excess of $3 million when it goes under the hammer on October 17.

Hilary Barry met with the home's current owner Julia Burbury who showed her around the dwelling set on one acre of gardens.

The house has a category one heritage listing.

The piece of New Zealand history in Christchurch, worth more than $3 million, is up for auction. Source: Seven Sharp


Mum distraught as son turned away from Hutt Valley High School because he didn't have permanent address

Being homeless has become an obstacle for one mother wanting to give her child an education.

Helen Taitapanui and her son were turned away from Hutt Valley High School last week because they don't have a permanent residential address.

Ms Taitapanui, is currently battling cancer and lives in a motel with her teenage son while they wait for a permanent home.

"We've got to be glad that we've got that when we know that a lot of our families are out there living in cars," Ms Taitapanui told 1 NEWS.

However, this was a problem when she tried to enrol her son at a local school.

"The response was it's against their policy to register children living out of a motel. you had to have a residential address," Ms Taitapanui said.

She complained to the Ministry of Education and shortly after Hutt Valley High School reversed its decision.

Ms Taitapanui says her son's excited about going back to school.

"I know once he steps back into the realm of education he'll be well and truly away."

She hopes by speaking out, another unnecessary obstacle will be removed for the homeless.

Being homeless threw up an unexpected obstacle for a mum wanting to educate her child. Source: 1 NEWS