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Porirua deals with frayed nerves and demand for supplies

Jul 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: Latest News, News


Porirua residents survived yesterdays 6.5 magnitude quake with little damage, but nerves remain on edge as they flock to buy emergency supplies.

Trevor Farmer (above), head of Porirua Civil Defence said there was no damage he was aware of but said it was a timely reminder for residents to be prepared.

The Porirua Civil Defence office was opened temporarily last night but only as back-up support for the Wellington office.

“People are not quite as ready as they would like to be,” Mr Farmer said.

“Consistently the biggest lesson people need to take away is communication.”

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BOSUN READY: Trevor Farmer regularly uses his dog Bosun to push the message about being prepared.

The council is continuing to check its assets for any damage.

Mayor Nick Leggett said half of Porirua’s work-force commute into Wellington so the main inconvenience is a day off work for many.

“I think the biggest damage to Porirua is to people’s nerves really,” he said.

“We have offered our support to Wellington as that’s where the damage really seems to be.”

He was at a local government conference in Hamilton so did not feel the quake himself.

This morning he flew with Greater Wellington regional council chair Fran Wilde and Kapiti Mayor Jenny Rowan from Hamilton to Wellington and went straight to Civil Defence headquarters.

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown drove through the night to get back to her quake damaged city.

Titahi Bay resident Paula Birnie, who is currently helping to develop a civil defence plan for her community, said people were frightened more than anything.

Some shops in the region reported minor damage.

Porirua New World had broken stock and some ceiling tiles had come loose, but it was business as usual and the store remained open, said a spokesperson.

Cambourne resident Madie Tobin (24) said she spent the morning sitting in her work uniform waiting to hear if she had to go to work in Wellington.

“It’s taken a toll on everybody, I’m actually really scared,” she said.

“I literally stayed awake all night staring at the ceiling.”

Porirua Civil Defence has already sold 28 of its 200 litre water containers and has had a run on water bottles.

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is a Whitireia journalism student covering Porirua, Titahi Bay, Mana and Plimmerton. He has a BA in History and Political Science from Victoria University.
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