Getting Fiji back on its feet
Nov 14, 2016
On 20 February, Cyclone Winston created a national disaster in Fiji. Our Higgins team was rapidly mobilised, including 250 maintenance and construction workers and 50+ local subcontractors.
The team identified over 90 road blockages preventing delivery of aid and emergency services to destroyed villages.
All road access was restored in eight days allowing our team to deliver desperately needed food and water.
With most telecommunications down, they used our RAMM Emergency GIS system to provide Fiji authorities real-time information to manage the disaster.
Following the cyclone, they worked with Fletcher Building to organise a large shipment of timber and roofing materials to rebuild Higgins employees' homes (as no building materials were available in Fiji).
Using product supplied by PlaceMakers, Dimond and PCC, and arranging for apprentices from the Manukau Institute of Technology to be flown in, they rebuilt Higgins employee homes.
Higgins Fiji delivered far beyond expectations in providing relief and support, and worked for three different customers: the Fijian people, government authorities, and Higgins employees.
The relationships they established and reputation they developed will go beyond the disaster recovery initiative to future opportunities in Fiji.