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What Kaikoura looks like now, after the 7.5 earthquake - in pictures (Gallery) (Video)

A view of Kaikoura as it is today.

People are starting to return to Kaikoura's main street following Monday's 7.5 earthquake, but life is far from normal.

Damage to buildings is evident, armed personnel are in town, and volunteers are pitching in to help out where they can.

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Travellers stranded in Kaikoura are evacuated by the NZ Navy.

Sam Pine, 5, helps collect water in the Kaikoura's town centre.

The news must get through, even after a major earthquake. Fairfax's Nikki MacDonald and Kelly Dennett drop off copies of The Press to Kaikoura.

Stronger together: Crowds gather for a community meeting.

The residents of Kaikoura eagerly snap up copies of The Press.

Residents collect water in the centre of Kaikoura as the town recovers from magnitude 7.5 earthquake.

The Press cartoonist Al Nesbet, pictured at his Kaikoura home. The town is recovering from magnitude 7.5 earthquake on November 14.

A digger gets to work on the corner Mill and Mt Fyffe Rd. Many roads are so severely damaged repair jobs will take weeks and months.

Power poles lean in the street after the Kaikoura earthquake

The roads are going to take a long time to fix.

As people return to Kaikoura's main street after the earthquake, some must deal with the damage to their property.

Life in Kaikoura is far from normal. The armed forces are in town to help with recovery efforts.

Many roads have cracked and split, and numerous bridges are broken.

People are back on Kaikoura's main street, some surveying the damage the earthquake has done to buildings and businesses.

Kaikoura mayor Winston Gray addresses hundreds who have gathered at Churchill Park to hear about plans for recovery and evacuation.

This has become a daily ritual at Kaikoura's fire station. The morning meeting attended by representatives from USAR, Red Cross, the military, Civil Defence, police and fire, and others involved with earthquake recovery efforts.

People are out and traffic has returned to Kaikoura's main street.

Prime Minister John Key speaks to members of the Kaikoura business community.

Kaikoura school teacher Jane Kensington, who lives near the Clarence River, receives welcome supplies.

Emergency supplies bound for those affected by the earthquakes sit at the Kaikoura Fire Station waiting to be distributed. Outside, Red Cross workers and other volunteers hand out packages. earthquake

Kaikoura from a nearby hill. As well as causing extensive damage to homes, hillsides, railway lines and road, the earthquake has lifted land in Kaikoura habour.

Army personnel unload gear in Kaikoura on Wednesday. Armed forces from New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the US are helping with earthquake recovery efforts.

Army personnel are in town to help out. NZ Defence Force personnel unload gear in Kaikoura on Wednesday.

Army personnel who have arrived from Burnham Military Camp wait at the Kaikoura Fire Station.

Kaikoura's business community gathered to hear from John Key about recovery efforts in the region.

Prime Minister John Key talks to members of the Kaikoura business community on Wednesday.