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To mark the second anniversary of the Kaikoura earthquake, Porirua City Council staff made a trek to high ground at lunchtime on Wednesday to practice a tsunami evacuation.

Staff who were able to take part began with a drop, cover and hold, before walking to the Porirua Emergency Operations Centre in Raiha Street. About 50 staff took part in the walk, then enjoyed lunch and a chat on emergency management.

Scott Martin, Porirua City Council’s Manager of Health, Safety and Emergency Management, said the walk out was a fun exercise to reinforce a serious message.

“Like many parts of Porirua, the city centre is in a tsunami zone – so if we have a long or strong earthquake we need to head to high ground as soon as it’s safe to do so,” he said.

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14 Nov 2018