When the earth shook
At 12.02am on Monday 14 November nature put on a brutal display of power.
‘It was a pretty amazing response’
The dust was still rising from the mountains as Sergeant Matt Boyce, OC Kaikoura, and his team took leave of their families and made their way to work.
The first chopper in
The first helicopter landed in Kaikoura shortly after 9am.
From isolation to order
“For the first few days Kaikoura felt like a small Pacific island, cut off from the rest of New Zealand,” says Superintendent Chris Scahill, National Manager Response and Operations and Police’s first forward commander in the town.
Answering the calls for help
Between midnight and 7am on 14 November, Police received 1402 emergency calls, nearly ten times the number received the same time the previous week. Non-emergency calls were up from 224 to 1045.
‘We care and we will keep them safe’
In some cases, a Police welfare check was the first contact in days for residents in rural or inaccessible areas.
Iwi partners reach out
Iwi/Maori liaison officers were in the thick of the welfare operation at Takahanga Marae.
Race against time for IT crews
Police’s radio communications survived the earthquake – but with widespread power cuts it was a race against time to reach remote radio sites before their back-up batteries died.