Family resettled after landslide

CATHIE BELL
Last updated 12:19 09/01/2014
Lisa Suthers
Emma Allen
New beginnings: The Suthers family, mum Lisa and dad Paul, with sons Gabe, 7, and Charlie, 4, outside their new home in Picton. They had to move when their previous house was hit by a landslide.

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The Picton family who had a landslide crash through the back bedroom of their home at the end of November have now settled into another home in the same street.

Paul and Lisa Suthers, with sons Gabe and Charlie, were living in a cottage when the bank at the rear of the property crashed through 4-year-old Charlie's room.

Fortunately, it happened during the day when the family were out.

Mrs Suthers said yesterday they had settled well into a new house at the other end of Milton Tce. It was large and sunny with good outside areas for the boys to play and they had made new friends in the street.

The youngest, Charlie, had trouble coping after the landslide. Mrs Suthers praised kindergarten staff whom she said had provided him with reassurance. The parents of other children there collected toys for him as most of his were ruined by the mud and dirt. They also made meals for the family.

Mr Suthers said it was hard to believe what had happened to them in the past year - leaving Picton for four months in Britain, returning to Picton to live, and then the landslide.

"This year is like a new beginning: Lisa has a new job, I'm about to start university post-graduate study, Charlie is starting school."

After the November 28 landslide, the family stayed in accommodation sorted out by rental agents Harcourts, before finding their new home.

The family had rented the landslide-hit Milton Tce house for four months since returning from their stay in Britain and had been looking forward to spending the summer there.

While the house was insured by its owners, who were overseas, the family's belongings were not.

The couple said the response from the Picton community had been amazing and confirmed how much they liked the town as a place to live.

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- The Marlborough Express

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