Mayor Extends Condolences from Kaikōura Community and Praises Local Response

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Mayor Mackle extends condolences from Kaikōura community, praises local response to tragic boat accident


“On behalf of the community of Kaikōura I extend our heartfelt condolences and sorrow to the families, friends and loved ones of those who lost their lives in the tragic events on Saturday.”

“We have no new information on what caused the accident. It is now with Maritime New Zealand who will be undertaking a full investigation. We will therefore not speculate on what has happened, but will wait on the outcome of their investigations.”

“The combined response of our emergency services and the many locals who supported them achieved the best outcome that was possible from such a tragic event. I would personally like to thank everyone involved for their help and support.”

“I would also like to thank everyone for their calls and messages of support.”

“Our small community is very tight knit and a tragic event such as this is felt by everyone. It makes me really proud to see how we all continue to come together and support each other in times of adversity.”

“This quote from Mother Teresa was sent to me on Sunday morning which I feel sums it up”

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”


Mayor Craig Mackle


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