Yealands gives back to Seddon community with emergency packs

Seddon residents Mike Uren, left, wife Robyn Uren and Yealands Wine Group chief operating officer Michael Wentworth with ...
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Seddon residents Mike Uren, left, wife Robyn Uren and Yealands Wine Group chief operating officer Michael Wentworth with one of the Grab & Go emergency kits the wine company distributed to every household in Seddon.

Every household in a small Marlborough town, rocked by three major earthquakes in as many years, has been given an emergency kit.

Yealands Wine Group, which has its Seaview winery just outside Seddon, 23 kilometres south of Blenheim, distributed Grab & Go emergency packs to residents on Tuesday night.

Seddon man Mike Uren says he felt humbled and grateful after arriving home late on Tuesday to find a kit for his home.

Yealands Wine Group staff with the Grab & Go emergency packs they distributed to every household in Seddon.
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Yealands Wine Group staff with the Grab & Go emergency packs they distributed to every household in Seddon.

"The thing is, it's practical, people bag corporates, but here's a corporate doing something for the people, and instead of chirping about it they just went and did it," Mike says.

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Yealands Wine Group chief operating officer Michael Wentworth says the company has been tossing up how to help Seddon, where some of its workers live, since the November earthquake.

Yealands Wine Group production planner Linda King, left, and logistics administrator Brian Martin delivering emergency ...
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Yealands Wine Group production planner Linda King, left, and logistics administrator Brian Martin delivering emergency packs in Seddon.

They were originally considering a concert but decided, with support from their United States distributor Palm Bay International, to distribute 270 emergency kits instead.

"We recognised that the locals have been going through a tough time, and still are in many cases - some of the houses we visited still have damage and repairs to be done," Michael says.

As well as the packs, which contained items including a first aid kit, tent, water purification tablets and emergency blankets, staff also gave residents a bottle of wine.

"​Without sounding trite, it was to let the community know we're thinking of them, and thanking them for the support they've shown since we started in 2008," Michael says.

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About 20 staff delivered the packs, which Michael says were well received by the community. Anyone that was not home was left a letter to pick them up from the Seaview winery cellar door.

Seddon School was also notified that anyone who did not live in the township but has children at the school are also eligible to pick up a pack.

Michael says staff got a real buzz delivering the packs, especially the employees that live in Seddon who were able to take them around to friends and neighbours.

 - The Marlborough Express

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