Golden Bay fencers volunteer time to help Kaikoura farmers
It all started with a post on Facebook by NZ Farming founder Tyler Fifield, who was keen to help the rural community around the northern end of the district after the earthquake.
Now the Millton farm at Clarence has 1.6km of new stock fencing, and more work is planned around the area.
A crew from Golden Bay Fencing have been on hand for the past couple of weeks, volunteering their time in generous amounts to help some of the worst-affected areas.
The crew of four men saw the online post and wanted to do something to help, and have been flat out since arriving in Kaikoura.
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Farm owner Derrick Millton said it had been a 'very, very generous gesture'.
A post on the NZ Farming Facebook page, which had more than 100,000 members, urged more people to pitch in and help, not just with donations but by offering their time.
"We are in the midst of a nationwide labour shortage, which means an open chequebook is simply not going to make a difference to many peoples living situations," the post read.
"What they need is people who are willing to give up a few days of their life to make the world of difference to theirs."
Having the NZ Farming Facebook page gave him an ability to tell stories about farmers to urban communities, to help bridge the perceived gap between the two groups, Fifield said.
He had no training in emergency or disaster relief but said the NZ Farming motto was simply to 'get amongst it'.
- Kaikoura Star