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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, MARCH 20, 2013
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LINCOLN UNIVERSITY research has
revealed the impact on Maori of the earth-
quakes, with many leaving the city.
Work by Dr Simon Lambert on
the earthquakes and Maori resilience found
the quakes struck at a time of severe econ-
omic pressure and the most significant
response among Maori was probably
migration, whether short- or medium-term,
Maori had been hit harder than other
groups, he said, but it was difficult to prove.
Up to 2012, migration could have been up
to 4 per cent.
We know from school enrolments and ben-
eficiary numbers that many Maori left
quickly, particularly young whanau and peo-
ple employed in hospitality or service sectors.
With many Maori leaving the eastern
suburbs, the impacts on those neighbour-
hoods have been very severe.''
There seemed to have been a general move-
ment northwards and on to the North Island.
Emigration to Australia was also an
attractive and obvious option for many, Dr
Maori population figures should rebound,
however, especially once the somewhat
delayed rebuild gets underway''.
Neighbourhoods historically home to many
Maori communities may suffer a decline in
numbers and community wealth, and could
be more vulnerable to future economic and
Dr Lambert's work also showed Maori had
exhibited their own culturally-attuned col-
lective responses to the disaster''.
From whanau clustering together marae-
style, centralising responses through kura,
and locating services and information on
marae to iwi engaging in the distribution of
aid, Maori institutions and approaches were
brought into action almost immediately.''
He said the Maori experience thus far is
best described as endurance -- the bounce
back'' in people's wellbeing interpreted as
resilience has yet to happen across the
This should not be a surprising conclusion
at this stage of a recovery process that will
take many years to complete.''
People surveyed believed being Maori had
helped them cope with the disaster,
although for some this draws on a collective
history of poverty and marginalisation,
features that undoubtedly contribute to the
vulnerability of Maori to such events''.
Church rebuilds links
HOME AGAIN: The Rev Glenda Hicks, centre,
outside the repaired St Stephen's Church in
Lincoln, with parish vestry members Alison
Meadows, left, Peter Howorth, Steve Quarles
and Chris Purdie.
LINCOLN'S HISTORIC St
Stephen's Anglican Church is
opening its doors after being
shut for two years for
Complete with a new vicar,
the church is looking to
strengthen links with the
The congregation has been
making the trip to Springs-
ton's St Mary's, but are now
home again. After the retire-
ment to Auckland of the
previous vicar, the Rev Arthur
Comrey, an interim priest-in-
charge, the Rev Glenda Hicks,
has been appointed.
Ms Hicks also holds the role
of senior chaplain at Lincoln
University, a part-time pos-
ition she will maintain along-
side parish duties.
There is a very strong his-
tory of connections between St
Stephen's Church and Lincoln
University, particularly in the
days of Lincoln College
and Canterbury Agricultural
College,'' she said.
She hoped her appointment
would restrengthen ties
between the university, the
Anglican Parish of Lincoln,
and Lincoln township.
The Roman Catholic
Church in Lincoln, St Pat-
rick's, also suffered earth-
quake damage and its congre-
gation ended up sharing the
premises of the Anglican
church in Springston. It has
also relocated back to Lincoln
and meets in St Stephen's,
where the two groups cross
over between services on
In Lincoln's heritage year,
what better witness could
there be to the essence of the
faith we hold in common?'' Ms
St Stephen's Church will be
open to the public from Friday
to Sunday, 10am till 4pm, as
part of the Heritage Festival.
Spread's return calms
desperation of deprived
By ABBIE NAPIER
BLACK GOLD: Truck driver Warren Hancock supervises the
unloading of a pallet of Marmite.
HUNDREDS OF Cantabrians are
expected to descend on Marmite
outlets this morning as the year-
long Marmageddon famine ends.
Almost a year ago to the day,
Sanitarium general manager
Pierre van Heerden said the
Christchurch Marmite factory
was too earthquake-damaged to
keep making the popular spread.
Within weeks, the product had
sold out nationwide and jars were
selling on Trade Me for hundreds
Charities began auctioning the
remaining jars of black gold'' and
enthusiasts started rationing
their supplies to try and outlast
News of the Marmageddon
situation went viral and it
wasn't long before American news
station CNN was reporting a
Earlier this year, Marmite fans
breathed a united sigh of relief
when Mr van Heerden said the
factory had been repaired and
Marmite would hit the shelves in
the early hours of this morning.
This week's roll out will see
500,000 jars of the black stuff
Mr van Heerden has assured
people the initial supply would
not be a tease.
We will constantly be feeding
stock through as it's produced,'' he
said. While there may be an
initial surge in sales, we will be
keeping our customers updated on
which stores still have stock.''
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