Aid for bushfire victims

by Andy Bryenton

The dramatic orange and yellow skies caused by the Australian bushfire disaster have galvanised locals who have banded together across the Kaipara to arrange an airlift of supplies, targeting Australia’s native animals and birds.

The call has gone out across New Zealand for vet supplies and animal care essentials to help a small army of volunteers to care for the often severely injured, animals fleeing Australia’s largest-ever wildfires.

DSV Logistics and Freight Specialists are arranging shipment and small community businesses have formed collection hubs for the first round of supplies, sent across the Tasman last Friday.

In Maungaturoto, Real Town Pies took time off preparing pastries to collect bandages, carry cages, ointments and vet equipment. Dargaville’s Farmlands store headed up the initiative on the west coast. The many branches of The Vet Centre prepared their response, asking for donations to bolster their offering of vital supplies, which they know vets on the front line will run short of.

Farmlands staff in Dargaville said that the ‘yellow sky’ event, plus extensive news coverage, has seen a wave of generous giving from members of the public.

“People have been buying things off the shelves to donate. There’s a lot of goodwill toward what Australia is going through, and we want to do what we can to help. Even something small can make a big difference in these circumstances, so we’re grateful to see such a great attitude.”