Burglars stripped a widow's house in Christchurch last weekend while earthquake damage was being repaired.
Elaine Mitchell was out of her house in Linwood for seven weeks while major repairs were done.
She says burglars broke in last Saturday night and stole almost everything, including pots and pans, electrical appliances and the fridge and freezer.
Mrs Mitchell. was widowed in July. She says the repair work is supposed to be done by Christmas, but she does not yet know if she wants to return as she is emotionally shattered.