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Food bank enlists fiery help

Last updated 09:34 06/12/2012

FOOD DRIVE: From left: Rev Amiria Te Whiu, Rex Wilson, Waireti Paora, Matene Tito and Michelle Apiata are looking to the community to help feed those who need a little help this holiday season.

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Fire trucks on the streets of Paihia doesn't always mean there's an emergency.

The Paihia fire brigade will take two teams with two fire trucks on the road to collect from the community for the food bank on December 15.

The Te Aka Puaho Presbyterian Church is the umbrella for the Waitangi-Paihia Pataka Kai (Food Bank).

It has been running since 2009 and has helped more than 400 families.

The grocery store in town donates a lot of food every week, Rev Amiria Te Whiu says.

"Our aim is not to give a hand out, but to help families at Christmas time who are on the poverty line," she says.

"We're wanting to provide something for families and their children - some food, not gifts, not money, but food on the table."

She says the fire brigade really helps to get people's attention and raising awareness is a big part of it.

One truck will start in Opua and the other will start in Haruru Falls. They'll meet in the middle.

Bring non-perishable food items to the trucks, or down to the village green where you can exchange a can of food for a sausage.

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