Otago-Southland rural communities support quake victims

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she was pleased to see rural communities around Otago and Southland supporting their quake affected neighbours in North Canterbury, with offers of food, water and on the ground support.

“What we’re seeing is rural people pulling together and supporting each other as only close-knit communities can do.

 

“There have been some amazing local efforts, with people providing baked goods and non-perishable items, nappies and water for earthquake-ravaged victims.

 

“Fonterra’s Farm Source stores have become collection points and local transport companies are also doing their bit to ensure the donations get through to the people that need them.

 

“Staff from South Canterbury councils, including Timaru, Mackenzie and Waimate, had also been involved in the relief effort, sending staff to provide support and advice." 

 

“The message from the Government is that the rest of New Zealand is standing alongside those affected to provide whatever support you need in the coming days, weeks, and months.

 

“The Government’s first priority had been to ensure people in the worst affected areas received the immediate support and emergency supplies they needed and people that needed to get out were evacuated.

 

 

Second, we’re working to restore vital transport and communications links and finally, we’ll ensure the Government provides the financial support needed for a successful recovery and rebuild.”

 

“Staff from South Canterbury councils, including Timaru, Mackenzie and Waimate, had also been involved in the relief effort, sending staff to provide support and advice.

 

“The message from the Government is that the rest of New Zealand is standing alongside those affected to provide whatever support they need in the coming days, weeks, and months."