Cri­sis re­sponse recog­nised

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By FLORENCE KERR

They sent nearly 650,000 litres of wa­ter to the earth­quake vic­tims in Christchurch; now NZ Qual­ity Wa­ters in Pu­taruru have been recog­nised for their big hearts and their ex­tra­or­di­nary busi­ness acu­men.

NZ Qual­ity Wa­ters mar­ket­ing and sales man­ager Wayne Ma­son said the award, pre­sented at a Pro­gres­sive En­ter­prises’ sup­pli­ers awards evening last Wed­nes­day, was a big shock.

‘‘We were just happy to be nom­i­nated along­side some big names like Coca Cola. When we won we were stunned; we have never re­ceived an award like this.

‘‘We were also com­mended for our con­tri­bu­tion to Christchurch’’ Mr Ma­son said the com­pany, which has a staff of 30, pulled to­gether dur­ing the Christchurch earth­quake.

‘‘We got a phone call an hour af­ter the earth­quake hit ask­ing if we could do some­thing. There was no hes­i­ta­tion, we knew we had to.

‘‘We went from work­ing 10-hour shifts to do­ing 24-hour shifts to get the wa­ter down there.

‘‘We had trucks leave six hours af­ter we got the call, packed with wa­ter.’’

Mr Ma­son said the com­pa­nies who were to re­ceive wa­ter dur­ing the af­ter­math of the earth­quake were more then happy to have their wa­ter or­ders de­layed.

‘‘Ev­ery drop of wa­ter that came out of this shop dur­ing that week went straight to Christchurch; one hun­dred per cent,’’ he said.

At the small com­pany tucked away on a Pu­taruru back road ev­ery­one pitched in.

Com­pany di­rec­tor Ian Ri­ley, Mr Ma­son and the two Don­nas on re­cep­tion work a num­ber of jobs within the busi­ness.

‘‘We all know how to do each other’s jobs. There is no as­pect of the plant Ian doesn’t know how to op­er­ate. We can go from hav­ing a cor­po­rate meet­ing to pack­ing up the trucks with wa­ter. I think it’s a Kiwi thing.’’

The award, which has pride of place in re­cep­tion, is a last­ing tes­ta­ment to the com­pany’s car­ing em­ploy­ees.

Be­sides sup­ply­ing New Zealand the com­pany ex­ports to Dubai, Aus­tralia and the Pa­cific Is­lands.

‘‘We are think­ing on a global level . . . and it all comes from the Blue Spring 20 min­utes up the road, it’s amaz­ing when you think that peo­ple around the world are con­sum­ing wa­ter from Pu­taruru.’’

AWARD WIN­NING: NZ Qual­ity Wa­ters mar­ket­ing and sales man­ager Wayne Ma­son shows off the plaque the com­pany won at an awards evening.

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