Friday, 30 January 2015 8:47 p.m.
The town of Kairaki was born out of a disaster. The last stop before the Waimakariri River hits the sea was a handful of huts on the left bank of the mouth until a flash flood in 1936 wiped most of them out. The remaining few were dragged up the sand and plonked among the pine trees. Kairaki was born.