Cheviot GP Anthea Prentice has returned to work part time at the Cheviot Community Health Centre, after taking time out with stress leave and annual leave earlier this year.
Dr Prentice and her husband Snip’s home on their Cheviot sheep and cattle farm was destroyed in the Kaikoura quake and coming on top of years of droughts, the past year has been a very stressful time for them and many others in the community.
However, speaking briefly on her way out to home visits earlier this afternoon, Dr Prentice says despite the tough times, good has come out of it.
“People have shown an amazing amount of resilience and helped each other and worked together; it does bring out the strengths in a community.”
They have recycled parts of their home to rebuild a cottage on the farm and hope to move in prior to Christmas.
The prospect of returning home is not so bright for Dr Henry. Access to his home in the Clarence Valley has been cut off due to the earthquake-damaged access bridge being demolished and there are no firm plans for its future. He and his family are currently renting a friend’s property in Hapuku.
Like Dr Prentice, the Kaikoura GPs remain upbeat, saying some good things have come out of the disaster with the Government paying off the remaining $2 million loan on Kaikoura’s new health centre.
Today, the atmosphere at the health centre is vastly different to 12 months ago, when the injured were queuing up and helicopters were flying overhead.
“Trying to find a place where you could hear yourself think was a challenge,” Dr Judd recalls.
Commemorative events began in Kaikoura at dawn this morning with a special remembrance service and blessing of the restored South Bay marina. The marine was officially opened this afternoon with a community picnic scheduled to kick-off at 4pm.