Humes team’s efforts in Kaiko¯ura recognised
Humes Kaiko¯ura Response Unit were recognised for their efforts in setting up a ‘‘pop up’’ branch in Kaiko¯ura after the earthquake.
Following last November’s earthquake the team had to set up a branch to service the infrastructure repairs in the town and ‘‘massive repair job’’ to State Highway 1.
The team were nominated for the Be Bold - best new product or service innovation. The awards recognise the employees who push boundaries, think smart and take leaps forward in innovation for both business and customers.
Kaiko¯ura sales co-ordinator John Newell said since the Kaiko¯ura branch opened it has ‘‘just built up and got busier and busier’’, for a project he didn’t think would wind down for a couple of years.
The Beach Rd site was established and led by Humes Nelson manager Richard Morrison and Rangiora manager Earle McLean. McLean, who was also nominated for emerging leader at the awards, spent every second week away from his hometown bringing the project to life, understanding the needs of the community and liaising with iwi and council.
The team were nominated for the way they engaged with the local community, which went beyond simply opening a branch.
It was a big task locating a property that was suitable and met requirements, and health and safety obligations. By February the business eventually settled on the old Ministry of Works yard on Beach Rd and set up shop.
The Kaiko¯ura branch were up against 22,000 employees worldwide.
Humes Rangiora manager Earle McLean, Nelson manager Richard Morrison, and Kaiko¯ura sales support John Newell at the Fletcher Building Excellence Awards.