Despite hugely challenging conditions, the team at New World Kaikoura have done everything they could to get the store back on track. Thanks to their effort, the supermarket is now open from 8 am to 5 pm, and local customers can purchase much-needed supplies. Operating hours will be re-assessed on Monday.

Owners Glen Steele and Melissa Sprott have wholeheartedly praised their employees. “Their own homes and families have been affected by the quakes and the on-going aftershocks but, like us, they understand how we all want to get back to normal as quickly as possible,” said Steele. “The team are like family to us, and when things calm down, we’ll definitely be having a BBQ and a few beers to say thank you.”

After the quake, tinned food, beverages and other non-perishables have been the most sought-after items. “Other than that, it’s business as usual in these unusual times – we are adjusting to our new normal,” Steele said. “And we’re really grateful that we’ve been able to get back up and running quickly thanks to everyone pulling together, as is the Kiwi way.”