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A shipping container of goods bound for quake-stricken Kaikoura is rapidly filling up...

as more South Cantabrians travel north to help with the relief effort. A crew of six line mechanics from Alpine Energy subsidiary NETcon set off for Blenheim at 6am on Friday to help repair power lines damaged in Monday's earthquake.

They will join South Canterbury search and rescue personnel and council staff who have already travelled to North Canterbury to assist in the aftermath of the disaster. NETcon general manager Dan Batchelor said the team would be working in Ward, about 20km south of Seddon. Sending the team to help was "returning the favour", he said.

"In 2006 South Canterbury had a major snow storm, and we we had up to 150 mechanics from other networks here helping us. "We haven't had an opportunity to repay the favour until now." Only one team was scheduled to help at this stage, but NETcon had offered to send more staff if required, Batchelor said. "Alpine Energy has postponed some work locally to free us up to help," he said.

"It displays that community we have in the lines community up and down the country." South Cantabrians have also been helping with the earthquake effort by emptying out their cupboards. More than half of a shipping container at Hilton Haulage has already been filled with food and other goods. The container will be taken to Kaikoura either over the weekend or on Monday. People can drop off items at Hilton Haulage on Sheffield St in Washdyke and Stewarts Panel and Paint on Talbot St in Geraldine. Items needed include non-perishable food, water, toiletries, toilet paper, nappies, blankets, and pet food.

Essential aid has started to arrive in Kaikoura, with 26 New Zealand Defence Force vehicles bringing support and supplies to emergency services and Kaikoura residents. Significant air and sea support has been bringing in essential supplies to the isolated town all week. "We are going to be carrying food and additional supplies to help the locals of Kaikoura but predominantly the emergency services [and] local infrastructure like the hospitals," Captain Jeff Howell said.

Aid supplies included 6000 kilograms of rice, pasta and flour, 2780kg of fruit and vegetables, 500kg of toilet paper, 80 portaloo toilets, four generators, and 10,000kg of pet food.

NETcon crew joined earthquake relief effort

A Netcon crew are being deployed to help in Marlborough after the earthquake. Pictured from left at back, Aaron Davis, Luke Thornley, Ryan Pringle, Dylan Sawer, Mike Quirke and Tony Peake, At front are Connie Wallace, Jordan Dennison and Patrick Prendeville.

>>Source: stuff - Helen Tatham<<

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