Following the campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North, Napier Hospitality New Zealand members put together a ‘food crawl’ to support fellow operators. Local transport company Nimon and Sons donated a 48-seater bus for the occasion ensuring everyone got to and from their destination safely.

“When the going gets tough, we can count on our fellow hospitality and accommodation operators to rally around for support, and we thought a ‘food crawl’ to Havelock North to visit our members, who have had a tough time, might be just what the doctor ordered,” said Hospitality New Zealand branch president for Hawke’s Bay, Shaye Bird.

“The impact on businesses in Havelock North has been devastating, with many of our members in the area having suffered significant cancellations or loss of business since the campylobacter outbreak occurred. One motelier who has run at around 80 percent occupancy at this time of the year for the last ten years is currently sitting on 31 percent occupancy, and that’s a huge hit to take.”

The bus was filled with Napier hospitality people, who headed to Havelock North on a ‘food crawl’ to Deliciosa, Loading Ramp, Namaskar, Pipi and Hugo Chang to put some money in their tills.