22 Jul 2013

Quake is wake up call for Ngati Toa

7:17 pm on 22 July 2013

A tribal leader in Porirua wants his tribe to work on a kaumatua safety plan.

Ngati Toa has four marae in the lower North Island and top of the South Island.

Chair of the Ngati Toa Rangatira Runanga, Taku Parai, says the recent seismic activity is a timely reminder for people to be prepared.

He says he plans on raising the matter of tribal preparedness at the iwi's next hui later this week.

Mr Parai says the tribe needs to ensure it has an emergency plan, and a strategy to help its elders.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Wellington's Pipitea marae, says other than a burst cooper pipe, which has now been repaired, there was little damage.