Coromandel bakery rises to help Kaikoura Bakery
Kaikoura Bakery owners are "blown away" by an act of kindness from another small, seaside bakery, but from the Coromandel.
On Friday, Oliver's Bakery in Whangamata will be donating their day's takings to the bakery that was affected by the recent earthquakes.
Owners, Dion and Rochelle Mackwood said as they watched the damage unfold in Kaikoura, they wondered how they could help.
Rochelle Mackwood said while they couldn't relate to the earthquakes, they could relate to business owners in a small holiday town.
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"We rely heavily on summertime trade, to keep staff employed and carry us through the winter months.
"If we were cut off, we would definitely struggle to keep our business afloat."
Mackwood said she simply Googled, Kaikoura Bakery.
"I didn't know there was actually a bakery called Kaikoura Bakery."
Owner of Kaikoura Bakery, Sophia Smedley, said she and her husband were "blown away" by the kind gesture.
"We really didn't know what to think. We've never really had anything like that happen before.
"You almost feel bad, we don't feel like we were really badly off."
The shop was a mess after the earthquake, with no power or water. They lost a lot of stock in the chiller, and two coffee machines.
They eventually opened and sold what little stock they had left in pies and bread. Flour was then transported by helicopter, so they were able to start baking their own bread.
"Things are easing up now. People like normality, and our customers have been fantastic and are grateful we are open."
The act of kindness has also sparked six degrees of separation.
They found out Smedley's husband's mum, and Mackwood's mum went to school together in Oamaru.
"I said, oh my god, all my family is from Oamaru as well," Mackwood said. "It was fate."
On Friday, Oliver's Bakery will have extra staff on hand and more food available.
"We'll double everything, have more staff, and more food - pies, cakes and filled rolls."