Truck­ies to the res­cue for show

Kapiti News - - News - Ros­alie Wil­lis

Pukerua Bay lo­cals showed the kind of hos­pi­tal­ity that only a small town could when State High­way 1 was closed for more than 16 hours af­ter a truck rolled just south of the town on the Fri­day of Labour Week­end.

With driv­ers stuck since 3.45am, stranded for hours with no idea when they could leave, the lo­cals came to­gether pro­vid­ing food, drinks and even put on en­ter­tain­ment for the driv­ers, turn­ing the small shop­ping area into a hive of ac­tiv­ity.

For the driv­ers it was wel­come hos­pi­tal­ity, with only a small dairy in sight while they waited for the road to be cleared and cleaned of spilled chem­i­cals.

“The Pukerua Bay com­mu­nity re­ally turned it on for the driv­ers,” said Pukerua Bay Hub chair­woman Beccy Davis.

“Lo­cals pro­vided a bar­be­cue and caught the train down to the su­per­mar­ket to get more food.

“They re­ally tried to turn some­thing that was a ter­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion for the driv­ers, some­thing bor­ing and aw­ful, into a bit of a party at­mos­phere.”

After­wards as a thank you to the com­mu­nity, Main­freight pro­vided sup­per for the Pukerua Bay Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion AGM.

And as Pukerua Bay pro­vided a ray of light when the truck driv­ers were in need, the truck driv­ers have since re­paid the favour.

For the sec­ond time the Pukerua Bay Hub is run­ning Christ­mas on the Field, a car­ols event for the wider com­mu­nity with car­ols, mu­sic, food trucks, rides, fun and en­ter­tain­ment for the whole fam­ily.

“We ap­plied for fund­ing for sound and light­ing but couldn’t get any for a stage,” hub mem­ber Kirk Beyer said.

“We couldn’t do the event with­out a stage, so some­one sug­gested we con­tact the truck driv­ers who were stuck here when the road was shut.”

So that is what they did, and Main­freight an­swered the call.

“They said ab­so­lutely that sounds like a great event. Lo­gis­ti­cally we just have to make sure it can hap­pen,” Beccy said.

So Beccy and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Main­freight went down to the school where the event would be held to make sure that their big trucks could get onto the field.

“They came down, paced it all out and said ‘we can ab­so­lutely make this work.

“It’s the least we can do for a com­mu­nity that sup­ported our guys when we were in need.”

“It was def­i­nitely a mo­ment for cre­ative think­ing.

“I guess it shows re­la­tion­ship and com­mu­nity spirit re­ally comes alive at Christ­mas time.”

And so the story will con­tinue on De­cem­ber 1 at Pukerua Bay School Field from 4pm-8pm with a line-up of acts from around the com­mu­nity per­form­ing singing car­ols, danc­ing up a storm and pro­vid­ing fes­tive fun for the whole fam­ily.

PHOTO / IVOR EARP-JONES

The stage for this year’s Pukerua Bay Christ­mason the Field will look a bit dif­fer­ent, with Main­freight pro­vid­ing two trucks for the stage.

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