- Storage for donated goods and household items crucial
- Marae, golf club and riding for the disabled use containers in clean up
As the recovery effort in Hawkes Bay continues following Cyclone Gabrielle, Royal Wolf is supporting organisations and businesses with secure storage units and site offices as they ramp back up
Business Development Manager, Bridget McClure, says the Hawkes Bay team supplied containers directly after the cyclone, and throughout the clean-up to store donated goods such as food, stock feed, and essential products for families who had lost their homes.
“The team at Omahu Marae has done an incredible job supporting wh?nau and the wider community. They have a truly impressive operation. We supplied more than 30 containers to the marae to provide safe and secure storage for household items and donated goods.”
The marae, near Hastings, has housed 75 displaced individuals impacted by the cyclone.
Moori Tuhi, from Piringa Hap?, says the Royal Wolf containers enabled them to convert the marae into a community hub to support those in need following the cyclone.
“Looking after people was the priority, but we also had to turn our focus very quickly to cleaning up so they could return to their homes and properties as soon as possible. That’s where the containers come in handy because they provided safe storage for valuable household items and essential goods and tools as our people rebuild.”
Greening back up
The Napier Golf Club, located near the Tutaekuri River, was significantly impacted by the cyclone with silt, trees, and other debris covering its fairways and greens. The club is using two storage containers to store machinery and goods, as well as an office container as a temporary staffroom.
General Manager Scott Steward says they had to reseed half the golf course but are hoping to open nine holes in August and extend to 18 holes by Christmas.
“The green keeping shed was totally destroyed so it has been hugely helpful having the containers to store our machinery and equipment safely until we can rebuild.”
McClure says the Napier Riding for the Disabled also used two general purpose storage containers to store donated feed for its horses and many other horses which were displaced after the floods.
“Although the floods happened a while ago now, the clean-up and recovery continues, and seeing people getting on with life and getting back up and running is inspiring,” she says.