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

 


Westland values are alive and well

Westland values are alive and well – Unity, Dedication, Respect and Loyalty”


The severity of the storm on the South Island’s West Coast is becoming clearer as communication is restored, Westland Milk Products says, and the dairy company is advising its farmers and staff to make sure they’re taking a break and support each other.

“It has been a pretty tough time,” says General Manager Operations Bernard May. “Not only have our shareholders had to cope with power outages and blocked road access causing delays in milk collection and concerns re animal welfare, some of our families have lost roofs to their homes and had other substantial property damage.

“The community support has been amazing and farmers have rallied to support each other. We’re sending the message to our shareholders today that no-one needs to be alone with this. We’re supporting the local social initiatives and encouraging neighbours to check on neighbours, especially in areas where farms have been cut off by road and not had phone communication either.”

May said Westland is also looking to the welfare of its own staff. “People who were supposed to be on holiday having an Easter break with their families have instead been out in all weathers and at all hours supporting our shareholder/suppliers – lending a hand on everything from throwing tarps over damaged roofs to helping clear road obstructions, repair machinery and helping organise generators so cows can be milked. Our tanker drivers, too, have managed to get through to every farm in spite of some extreme conditions.” May said the company is encouraging people to get some family time and take a break as the emergency response enters its third day and likely to extend out to five days.

May said power is still out or intermittent in some areas, generators are still being shared where needed and milk quality in areas where storage might have been without power is being very carefully monitored. Tanker collection is expected to return to normal by Monday.

“Our farmers are well into the clean-up phase now, with resources now able to get in to help repair homes and equipment, clear up fallen trees and damage from surface flooding and so on.”

ENDS

© 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>>

Earlier:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news