Residents from communities in the Kaweka and Tūtira rural wards will have regular access to a fuel supply with the first of several storage tanks delivered to Hastings district this week.
It is all part of a joint initiative between Hastings District Council, Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), supported by Christchurch company Fuelchief Ltd.
This week, Patoka had a 20,000 litre tank delivered to hold diesel needed to operate the generator which is supplying power to the community, with more to come containing petrol and diesel.
Tanks will continue to be delivered to hubs across the two wards over the coming week, and will be in place until road access is restored. The size and type of storage provided for each hub reflects the needs of each community.
“Fuel is one of the most important resources our communities need at the moment. Having a regular fuel supply will do wonders to help build community resilience at this time of uncertainty,” said Hastings mayor Sandra Hazlehurst.
“It’s one less thing they will need to worry about as they deal with the aftermath of this devastating event, and I want to thank all those involved in making it happen.”
She also acknowledged the advocacy of Rural Community Board deputy chair and Kaweka subdivision representative Isabelle Crawshaw.
Fuelchief Ltd managing director Joe Deck said it was a privilege to be supplying the units to support the response efforts in these communities.
“Logistically it has been a real challenge to supply something of this scale. It would normally take us weeks but our production staff, freight partners Fenco Limited and Mansfield Installations have dropped everything to make it happen.
“It was a humbling experience to see the devastation these communities are living with so we are pleased that we are able to help.”
Details of bulk fuel storage
Patoka will receive five bulk fuel storage tanks (65,000 L of fuel) and four portable ute tanks.
Rissington will receive two bulk fuel storage tanks (10,000 L of fuel) and four portable ute tanks.
Dartmoor will receive two bulk fuel storage tanks (7,500 L of fuel) and four portable ute tanks.
Puketītiri will receive two bulk fuel storage tanks (5,000 L of fuel) and four portable ute tanks.
Te Pōhue will receive two bulk fuel storage tanks (10,000 L of fuel) and four portable ute tanks.
Tūtira will receive two bulk fuel storage tanks (10,000 L of fuel) and four portable ute tanks. This hub will provide bulk fuel for Pūtōrino and Waikoau.
Te Hāroto will receive four portable ute tanks (1800 L of fuel).
11 March 2023
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