fbpx

Thank You – Southland Community Steps Up

Feb 07, 2020
512 Views

This is an official message from Emergency Management Southland

Southland Emergency Management Controller Bruce Halligan has thanked the Southland community for the huge effort in providing support to each other during the flooding earlier this week.

“People throughout Southland pitched in to provide help and support to other people impacted by the floods,” he said.

“When we declared a State of Emergency and began co-ordinating the Civil Defence response, people were already self-organising and getting stuck in all over Southland providing offers of accommodation, transport, food, clothes and bedding, and other help.”

This included people helping to set up community emergency hubs in schools, churches, art and activity centres and halls throughout the flood affected areas. By the end of the week the Mataura Community Centre was still running a community hub and providing support and advice, while the many other hubs had completed their work (see below).

What better song sums up Southerlanders when disaster strikes.

“Sometimes people only needed help for a few hours, but having somewhere warm and safe they could go, have a cup of tea and something to eat, and talk to people about what was happening was invaluable. Having somewhere to stay overnight was also a huge relief for many people, particularly those evacuated from local towns during the height of the flooding.”

“Of special mention are the Southland marae who opened their doors to many people in need, as well as to out-of-town staff working at the Emergency Coordination Centre, at a time when accommodation in Invercargill was effectively 100% full.”

In addition to the marae and Mataura Community Centre, over the past week community emergency hubs were set up and operated at:

  • Te Anau
  • Lumsden
  • Athol
  • Wallacetown
  • Winton

Gore

  • Calvin Community Church
  • Croyden Lodge
  • East Arts Centre
  • Gore High School
  • Waimumu Hall
  • Waimumu Field Days
  • Mataura Fire
  • Edendale Presbyterian
  • Edendale Christian Activity Centre
  • Mokareta Hall
  • Mimihau Hall
  • Fortrose
  • Tokonui
  • Curioscape
  • Kura Kaupapa
  • Ultimate Hikes
Public Assistance Sought Following Serious Crash, Dacre
News, Southland
376 views
News, Southland
376 views

Public Assistance Sought Following Serious Crash, Dacre

News Desk - Aug 14, 2020

Invercargill Police are looking for witnesses to yesterday’s serious crash on State Highway 1 - Edendale-Woodlands Highway, Dacre. The collision,…

LIVE: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Announces Decision On Covid-19 Lockdown at 5.30pm
Covid-19, News
481 views
Covid-19, News
481 views

LIVE: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Announces Decision On Covid-19 Lockdown at 5.30pm

News Desk - Aug 14, 2020

The government has extended Auckland's Covid Alert Level 3 and the rest of the country's Alert Level 2 for an…

Robbie’s Awarded Second Place In National Seed Grant
Business, News
366 views
Business, News
366 views

Robbie’s Awarded Second Place In National Seed Grant

News Desk - Aug 14, 2020

Josie Robinson – Mrs Pickles – of Robbie’s Pickles and Preserves in Gore, placed second in Soda Inc.’s seed grant…

Update: Further Arrest Following Gladstone Night n Day Aggravated Robbery
News
1130 views
News
1130 views

Update: Further Arrest Following Gladstone Night n Day Aggravated Robbery

News Desk - Aug 14, 2020

Invercargill Police have today arrested a second offender in relation to the aggravated robbery of the Gladstone Night 'n Day…

Live – Bloomfield Reveals Latest Covid-19 Numbers
Covid-19, News
382 views
Covid-19, News
382 views

Live – Bloomfield Reveals Latest Covid-19 Numbers

News Desk - Aug 14, 2020

Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield has revealed the latest number of new Covid-19 cases in the community at…