NZ Prime Minister Supports Rapid Relief Team
New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, today showed her support for the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) who have been
feeding hundreds of emergency services personnel and Defence staff battling forest fires in the Nelson-Tasman region.
Since Tuesday, local RRT volunteers have been stationed at the Redwoods Valley Forward Command Centre, handing out 700
free meals, and nearly 1500 drinks including barista-made coffees, energy drinks, and water to tired and hungry
firefighters at all hours of the day.
The RRT, an initiative of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, is staffed by Church volunteers who provide catering
services during a range of emergencies and charitable events.
Lloyd Grimshaw, from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, said the RRT were happy to help in any small way.
“The RRT are delighted to support our emergency response organisations and we are humbled by their continued efforts in
keeping us safe,” Mr Grimshaw said.
“We hope our small contribution has made them feel valued and has sustained them through these long days and challenging
“We have witnessed firsthand the selflessness of the emergency services personnel, many of whom are volunteers
themselves, as they continue to work hard to save lives and properties – and we hope the food we have and continue to
serve has gone a small way to help keep our heroes fighting.
“At the end of the day, we are Christians who value kindness and compassion and seek to extend it to those who need it
most – so, while there continues to be a need, we will continue to provide help, and meals, where it’s needed,” he said.
Every day in some small way, RRT volunteers offer a helping hand to those in need. For more information about the Rapid
Relief Team, go tohttps://www.rapidreliefteam.org/