Months on from the Auckland floods and Cyclone Gabrielle, we spoke to WasteMINZ members about their involvement in the immediate response and the clean up, ask them to share memories that stood out for them and learnings from the disasters. We talk to the team at Gizzy Kai Rescue, a member of the Aotearoa Food Rescue Alliance (AFRA).
Tell us about your organisation in its BAU capacity
Gizzy Kai Rescue Charitable Trust has been operating since late 2018.
To date we have rescued and allocated over 280 tonnes of food throughout Tairawhiti, as far north as Hicks Bay and south to Wairoa. We distribute to around fifteen community groups and have 35+ amazing volunteers.
Rescued kai is sourced from local retail businesses, orchards and packhouses as well as through the New Zealand Food Network and other contacts.