Farmy Army cleans up Christchurch

Taking the slick out of the city

Nothing has bridged the rural-urban divide more than the voluntary efforts of the Farmy Army.

The June 13 Christchurch earthquake proved every bit as messy as the February 22 earthquake and much more significant than September 4, 2010.

Faced with a third clean up of tonnes of silt from individual properties, some dispirited residents just couldn’t be bothered and even turned away initial offers of assistance from farm army representatives who knocked at their doors.

But with the example of the Farmy Army volunteers leading the way, they changed their minds and everyone pitched. In some neighbourhood there were thousands of people in the streets on Saturday and Sunday with shovels and wheelbarrows.

The real magic of the Farmy Army was the generosity of individuals and contractors who brought their diggers and trucks to town. Clean up jobs that would have taken weeks were completed in a couple of hours.

They came from everywhere. One cowboy-hatted gumboot-wearing helper came from Mesopotamia Station, others were from towns throughout Canterbury. A group from as far away as Warkworth were also on their way south with diggers to help out.

And they haven’t finished. They’re coming back this week to help finish off clearing sections.


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A fantastic response from the farming community which will never be forgotten by the people of Christchurch.

The third time they have arrived and just got on with it and this time is even more important than the first as the people are just so " over it " with the quakes.

Thank you rural NZ

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True Kiwi culture...

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Just hope they all remember the support from the rural community and vote National at the election! Goof and his "self-serving unionists and gaggle of gays" (quote: Damien O'Connor) would be disastrous for the rural economy and therefore the broader NZ economy. Thanks Farmy Army!!

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the beauty of the farmy army help is that it's not political, it's just people helping each other, just like urbanites would do for their brothers and dsisters beyond the city boundareis

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Well said Chris Hutching

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As a bureaucrat I find this appalling. Where are the engineering reports? What about the RMA? How do we know what is being done complies with whatever regulation is in favor this month? Think of the revenue the council is missing out on. There are secondary effects like unionised labour will be missing out on work and unions will be missing out on revenue (and indirectly the Labour Party). My mate Goof will be able to give more reasons why this is bad. Of course the main reason is many people may realise if they need to do something, they can just go and do it!!!

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you certainly have some 'agenda' ...come and pick up a shovel

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I did pick up a shovel (will actually doing something similar) for some friends in Christchurch. One friend in particular was commenting on how they are ignoring the bureaucrats and doing what was right. It is not 'I' who has the agenda more trying to get people to think.

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Just love those good old resilient farmers, they are practical and with a ton of common sence. Pity that a few more MPs didnt have some of that.

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Some commentators use NBR's articles to voice their political opinion, regularly. Fine - they need that and can do so. Sad that an article like this is used for yet more of their negative habitual repetitions. The people whose homes were tidied up felt supported by the (rural) community and were very positive about it all. That matters. (Disclosure: I volunteer for the Farmy Army)

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