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Finally, it’s warm. The weather has settled over the past month and we are seeing some long warm spells. The recent Port Hills fire underlines the conditions we are starting to see in many parts of New Zealand. The work required during events like Port Hills is enormous, Initial response is hectic, containment is a battle and then mop-up is gruelling as crews dig out hidden embers removing chances of re-ignition. Locally we have developed a tropical vibe but it’s noted that our fire season has changed to restricted so please use www.checkitsalright.nz if considering any fires.

Our Brigade extends a heartfelt thankyou to those that generously supported us recently. The delectable food pack from a grateful survivor of a Piha Road accident brought plenty of smiles to the crew. We also received some anonymous financial donations and would like to thank you for your amazing support.

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I would like to start by saying a big thank you to everyone who managed to attend our AGM. It was a great turnout and a wonderful opportunity for everyone to get a better understanding of what is happening in our community. For those who were unable to attend in person, the relevant documents such as the President’s and Treasurer’s reports are available on our website www.waiatarua.org.nz. In the meantime, here are the main presentations from the night:

From Sandra Coney about Rose Hellaby House about the current situation and plans for the future;

from Shalema Wanden-Hannay about how the resilience plan for Karekare worked and helped to save lives;

from Samantha Peters and the Storm Recovery team, about what help is available for people who are still dealing with the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle; and

to Tony Bacon for all his incredible work for the community.

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