Help quake victims
As supplies dwindle in quakeravaged areas of North Canterbury this week, southerners can step up to help.
Food and water can only be moved into many areas by air or sea due to the damage to roads in the area, but national freight carrier Mainfreight has offered to take donations of non-perishable items to the area from people in Southland.
A spokesperson from the company’s Gore office said on Wednesday morning the word had gone out on social media about the donations and people had already started dropping items into the office.
Donations could also be dropped off at FarmSource in Gore or Mainfreight’s Invercargill office.
‘‘We’ve had three or four people in already and they’ve dropped off water, canned foods, toothpaste and nappies - all those sorts of things.’’
Donations needed to be dropped off before lunchtime on Friday so they could be loaded onto the truck to head north.
The social media post says quake effected people need ‘‘pretty much anything you can spare baking, baby formula and food, clothing, any non-perishable foods you can manage. Please make sure baking is packed well.’’
Federated Farmers are also coordinating a relief effort to the rural community via their 0800 FARMING number (0800 327 646).
North Canterbury, Marlborough and Wellington were hit by a 7.5 magnitude just after midnight on Monday.