Navigation for Insight

The series of earthquakes which shook the Cook Strait region earlier this year have left small communities in the top of the South Island still struggling to pick up the pieces.

Whilst many in Marlborough are moving on, with new buildings and new homes, some in the outlying rural areas have been left with the residual, but damaging, effects of experiencing such a frightening event.

So how are the people of Seddon and its neighbouring communities coping in the run up to Christmas?

seddon hall roofNelson reporter Alison Hossain looks at how businesses, farmers and locals throughout the Awatere Valley are moving forward, and investigates what damage living through such a traumatic event in a rural community is doing to their mental health.

Image: Earthquake damage to Seddon's Anglican Church