“Our chimney was down and we lived in a tent at the back of the section for I don’t know how long now. It was a nasty, nasty thing and I wish we could get rid of all earthquakes.”
Another survivor, Eric Baggett, was two when the earthquake struck.
He could not remember the quake itself, but had lived in Napier his whole life and saw the city rise from the ashes.
“The cathedral down Tennyson St there, I used to go in there and play in all the ruins.”
He was impressed with how the city had been rebuilt and expanded.
“It’s grown immensely of course, and of course the city’s just gone further out.”
At 10.47am today by Napier’s seashore today, the Veronica Bell rang for two-and-a-half minutes, the length of the quake..
Photo caption – Photo: Supplied / Napier City Council