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Quick thinking saves tenants’ lives

Published: 10 October 2018

National contractor Edwards & Hardy (E&H) provides maintenance services to Head Contractor Prestige Limited in the East Coast/Hawke’s Bay and Manawatu/Taranaki regions.

This story shows how quick thinking helped to save the lives of four Napier tenants.

The E&H team had been at the Napier property to replace a roof on a block of four flats. Unfortunately one of the tenants had accidently left chicken cooking in a pot on the stove. Manahi Kingi, one of the E&H roofers, smelt smoke and heard a smoke alarm sound.

Manahi immediately ordered his crew off the roof and raised the alarm to alert the other tenants in the block. Manahi then raced into the kitchen and placed a wet towel over the pot.

L-R: Tenant Maimoana Talo, Tenancy Manager Engela Beukes, Manahi Kingi, from Edwards & Hardy, and tenant Andrea Sudfelt

He says he got there just in the nick of time and was able to safely extinguish the burning chicken before it could do any damage to the unit and the rest of the units in the block.

Manager Regional Maintenance Central North Island Mark Bulder says this quick reaction from Manahi stopped in its tracks what could have quickly become a very serious incident.

Mark says he really appreciates what Manahi and the E&H team did.

“When Manahi realised what was happening, he took immediate action to keep both his team and our tenants safe from harm.

“Manahi and his colleagues Connor Kemp-McCourt, Graham Black and Jaedyn Black then spent time reassuring our tenants and providing pastoral support to make them feel safe again.”

Mark says it was quite obvious our tenants were really grateful for the care the E&H team had shown them.

“We really appreciated the quick thinking by the E&H team and the support they gave our tenants. As a result, a disaster was quickly averted and everyone was kept safe,” Mark says.

While in Napier recently, Mark presented the Edwards & Hardy team with a certificate of appreciation for their efforts.


L-R: Steve Wright, National Contracts Manager E&H, Manahi Kingi, Graham Black, Connor Kemp-McCourt, E&H roofers, Mark Bulder, Manager Regional Maintenance Central North Island. Absent – Jaedyn Black, E&H

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