On Friday evening a serious fire spread through the hillside above Lake Hawea dam and put our homes at risk. If it were not for the enormous efforts of the many parties involved in the fire fighting operation some of us would have almost certainly lost our homes.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Fire Emergency NZ crews who were mobilised from around the region, Alpine Helicopters and Aspiring Helicopters, NZ Police, Dept of Conservation, Otago Civil Defence and Emergency Management, NZTA, QLDC, Lake Hawea Motors, Lake Hawea Hotel, Lake Hawea community centre, Central Machine Hire, Sailz and any other organisations and individuals we may have missed. We would also like to thank the Hawea community who provided assistance in so many ways, both to ourselves and to those who were working to put out the fire.
We are sincerely grateful for everyone’s help and to all the concerned family and friends who contacted us to offer somewhere to stay. We feel very privileged to live in such a strong and supportive community.
From the Cotter, Currie, Kenton and Kernick families.