Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Free Hanmer Holidays for North Is. flood victims

Free Hanmer Holidays for North Island flood victims

Businesses from the Hanmer Springs community have rallied together to offer free holidays in the alpine town to families affected by last years Manawatu floods.

Retired local Ray Smith, who launched the initiative, says offers of accommodation, activities, travel and food have poured in from local businesses.

“I feel that the poor people who suffered from the floods up there could do with a break. I’d hate to be in that situation myself. No doubt they have been flat out getting things sorted out up there until now, so they deserve a holiday,” says Ray Smith.

To get the scheme off the ground, the Hanmer Business Association sponsored an advertisement in the local newspaper asking businesses if they would be willing to help bring families from the Manawatu area to Hanmer.

“The level of generosity offered by the Hanmer community has been astounding,” says Ray Smith. Offerings include 104 nights of accommodation, $380 of petrol vouchers, free travel on the Interislander ferry, unrestricted use of the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools, and a range of meals from restaurants, private homes, supermarkets, and even a potluck dinner. A wide range of activities have also been offered.

“Hanmer is the perfect spot for these people to come on holiday. We have so many activities on offer and plenty of accommodation,” says Ray Smith.

In order to choose who comes to Hanmer, Ray Smith has contacted the Red Cross, who will assess the most appropriate recipients and offer them the holidays accordingly.

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>


Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>


Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>


Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>


Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news