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Remembering Kaikōura book give away

The aftermath of the devastating earthquake that hit on 14 November 2016 has been captured in a new book. Photo: Paula Hulburt.

Staff reporter

Photos capturing the aftermath of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Kaikōura in 2016 have been collected in a new book.

Remembering Kaikōura Earthquake began as a gesture to document some of the earthquake recovery stories for the local community.

Released on 21 November, the 28-page book is a visual representation of the incredible camaraderie and unbreakable spirit of the locals, and their tireless commitment to return the small coastal town to the paradise it once was.

Author and local photographer Andrew Spencer was there from the beginning.

He says the idea of documenting the aftermath through photographs became a way of connecting with people.

The earthquake that struck Kaikōura just after midnight on 14 November 2016 was unique in so many ways.

Andrew’s lifetime fascination with photography became an occupation in the early 2000s.

Moving to Kaikōura in 1996, he was inspired by the inspiring light and landscape of this unique coastal town

It became a project born out of deep connection to the place Andrew calls home, to record and share what happened with the community, the country, and the world.

“There was no such thing as a quick ‘hello’ in the street or in the queue to get into the supermarket.

“We experienced so much, we needed to share, we needed to connect. Those stories, often repeated multiple times, became part of our whakapapa as a community,” he says.

The book is on sale now for RRP $29.99. We have a copy of the book to giveaway to one lucky winner. To be included in the draw, email matt@marlboroughmedia.co.nz by 5pm 30 November 2021