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.

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