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Earthquake ‘good for business’ in Wellington’s Mount Cook

Jul 26th, 2013 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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BUSINESS AS USUAL: Graphic and web design company Aeroshop and neighbouring dairy traded happily after Sunday’s quake

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POWERING ON: Road construction work in the Mount Cook area was not hampered by the quake

THE quake that hit central New Zealand last Sunday disrupted business for many but not in the suburb of Mount Cook.

Dairies and supermarkets in the area reported minor damage to stock, if any, but were able to open for business on Monday while the CBD was closed.

Aeroshop, on Wallace Street, runs a coffee-making business as a side to its web and graphic design services.

Owner David Peters said that there were a lot of locals on the street who would have usually been at work.
“I would say that it was our best sales day ever,” Mr Peters said.

Preservatorium café owner Pete Thompson reported only minor damage to his newly opened establishment.  “We had an ornament on a shelf fall over, but we’ve picked it up now.”

Cable-laying along Wallace and Hankey streets for new ultra-fast broadband was not affected by Sunday’s quake.   Rouna Lepou, of Downer construction and said that the project was still on track and that equipment had not been damaged in the shake.

 
Mount Cook resident Olivia Morgan (23) was at home last Sunday when the magnitude 6.5 quake hit. Although the quake took an emotional toll, she was able to capitalise on the temporary closure of her university.    “It gave me a chance to catch up on my studies, which was quite nice, although I still get a little nervous when I feel an aftershock,” she said.

 

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is a Whitireia journalism student covering the Mount Cook area in Wellington. He has a BA in Political Science and Media Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.
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