I am often told the strength of Colliers lies in its people. This has certainly rung true during the past few weeks.
Our rural communities in the North Island have been battered by the weather lately with years of hard work swept away in moments.
Before we can think about how we rebuild our lives, some people have had to fight to survive or navigate a clean-up on a scale they never though they'd see in their lifetime.
Some of our own team members have felt the brunt of the Cyclone Gabrielle. It has been amazing to see our Colliers rural network come together to help those in need after such a devastating weather event.
Colliers prides itself as a company that aims to do what's right, not only for the client but for its people and community. Our rural teams have embodied these values and have gone above and beyond the call of duty by quickly responding to the needs of our communities in the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle.
We are here to help in any way we can. Please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Rural Sales Advisor Hamish Goodwin suffered significant damage to his farm in Hawke's Bay and our rural team have pulled together to assist where possible. Team members from our Bay of Plenty office drove for seven hours to take part in a three-day working bee in and privately arranged for tippers and bulldozers to help clear the debris.
Colliers Director Hadley Brown's loader and digger have come in particularly handy to help lead the recovery and clear out flooded orchards, roads and farmhouses in areas such as Puketapu and Fern Hill.
Gary Brooks, our Sales Manager in Hawke's Bay who was also heavily impacted, has been helping the local Civil Defence crew coordinate rescue and recovery missions in Esk Valley and northern Hawke's Bay.
George Elliot, a Rural Sales Advisor in Hawke's Bay, has returned to his background as a helicopter pilot and loaded several helicopters with provisions for particularly remote and cut off areas throughout Hawke's Bay.
The Colliers Wairarapa team have used their Pahiatua office as a drop-off point for the Wairarapa and Tararua communities, sorting provisions and ferrying suppliers to affected areas in conjunction with other local businesses.
All it took was one social media post and donations of food, baby supplies, clothes, and blankets flowed leading to four trailer and ute loads being distributed to various points in Hawke's Bay, as well as a trailer load of water that went to several marae.
Our Hawke's Bay offices have all banded together to assist with a range of local projects, including a night shift at a Civil Defence distribution hub where the team packed nearly 600 boxes of goods. It's amazing to think there's three of those shifts happening each day.
There have also been several people lending a hand where possible through cooking and supplying food for volunteers, which has all been greatly received.
Our South Island friends have also helped with the Colliers Canterbury team supporting a local initiative driven by clients sourcing and providing generators and tools that were sent to support our farming communities in Hawke's Bay.
Across the wider network of our business, Colliers New Zealand has started a cyclone relief fund to help our team members that have been impacted and we are hugely grateful for all the donations that have been received.
It's certainly humbling to see first-hand our communities rallying together helping each other and those who need it most. I was incredibly lucky to have been in a position to offer our local community stores a large generator to keep the local 4Square, pub and takeaways open for the Cape Coast, cut off from power and cell coverage for over a week.
We are all grateful for the support of the Rural Support Trust who have been outstanding in the coordination of so many generous supplies and funds flooding in to help.
Get in touch with our National Rural and Agribusiness Director James Nilsson for further information.