By Robyn Bristow
A barge from the coastal settlement of Motunau Beach in North Canterbury, will be carrying
some precious cargo when it sets sail for Kaikoura before dawn on Friday.
It will have several pallets of product on board from Kaiapoi-based Hellers.
New Zealand’s butcher has put on its apron and taken to the seas and the skies to help communities affected by the latest sequence of South Island earthquakes.
To meet demand for food on supermarket shelves it chartered a chopper to drop 800kg of
product into the New World at Kaikoura.
Immediately post quake it donated $20,000 of product including sausages and its new My
Main Course meals to the community.
The barge is expected to dock tomorrow at about 7am.
Hellersis also looking at other ways it can support the local communities over the Christmas
period, sourcing extra hams and meats to help out with community Christmas dinners.
Hellers Chief Executive John McWhirter says the company has always had a philosophy of living by Kiwi values and doing the right thing by communities.
Over the past five years Hellers has helped primary schools raise at least $1.6 million through a sausage donation scheme.
Through the Sausages for Schools programme, Hellers has donated more than 800,000 of its award-winning sausages to schools raising funds for anything from inter-city sports trips and library upgrades to kapa haka competitions and IT upgrades.
With up to 200,000 sausages sent to school barbecues every year, the company has notched up 800,000 giveaways since the scheme started.