78-year-old escapes quake-hit area

Anō nei he korowai mō Rangi Whiunui (Waikato), whitu tekau mā waru tōna pakeke, te hākari ngātahi te tuna me te koura, whai muri mai i te weriweri o rūwhenua i tērā atu poutūtanga o te pō.

Hei tā Whiunui, “Āhua wetiweti au.  I rongo au te rūtanga, te hingatanga mai o te taro ki runga i taku māhunga, me te keipāka ki taku taha.  Kāori au e mōhio i aha, heoi anō i mea au ki te pana atu ki te taha o te whare.  Kāore au e mōhio i aha ahau i muri iho.”

E ai ki a Whiunui, i whiua ia mai i tōna moenga e te kaha o te rū, i tō rātou kainga i Oaro, ā, taka iho nei ngā hautō ki runga i a ia.

Hei tā Whiunui, “Tō mātou āhua kino o roto.  Ngā tautau pākarukaru, ngā pouaka whakaata i te takanga i runga i te whorō.  He maha ngā mea i pākarukaru i te whare, te wai rere i roto i te whare, kaukau, e te whare paku.” 

Tū ana te manawa o Whiunui ā, pākia ana ia e te mate manawa ohorero i tērā tau, whai muri i te nehunga o tana kōhine e ruarua rā ki mua, i te mate miru pupuhi.  Nō te marama o Haratua nei, i nuku ai ia ki te noho i te taha o tana kōhine atu a Tahi.

E ai ki a Whiunui, “Taku kōtiro te mea tiaki i ahau.  Kāore au e tino mōhio ana ka hoki rānei mātou, ka noho rānei mātou.”

E tuku ana te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu i ngā kai rōnaki, ngā rawa te wai mā te rererangi topatopa i te rā nei, ki Kaikoura me te rohe whānui.

Hei tā Mark Solomon, “This is about our community, the same message that we gave in Christchurch look after yourself, look after your family, look after your neighbours.”

Whara ana ngā waewae, pokowhiwhi me te mahunga o Whiunui, ā, ka tirohia e nga tākuta. 

Ka hoki te whānau ki Oaro hei ngā rā e tū nei, hei tirotiro i te kino pakaru o tō rātou whare.