New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, today showed her support for the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) who have been feeding hundreds of emergency services personnel and Defence staff battling forest fires in the New Zealand Nelson-Tasman region.

Since Tuesday, local NZ RRT volunteers have been handing out 700 free meals, and nearly 1500 drinks including barista-made coffees, energy drinks, and water to tired and hungry firefighters at all hours of the day.

The RRT, an initiative of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, is staffed by Church volunteers who provide catering services during a range of emergencies and charitable events.

Lloyd Grimshaw, from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, said the RRT were happy to help in any small way.

“The men and women fighting these blazes are heroes and we hope our support has sustained them through these long days and challenging circumstances,” Mr Grimshaw said.

The RRT is delighted to extend its kindness and compassion to our emergency response organisations and we are humbled by their continued efforts in keeping us safe.

“These are selfless people, many of whom are volunteers, and their hard work and efforts are saving lives and properties.

“The RRT is a Church organisation with Christian values and we will continue to serve these workers – and we genuinely hope the meals we serve will help ease the burden in the smallest way,” he said.

Every day in some small way, RRT volunteers offer a helping hand to those in need. For more information about the Rapid Relief Team, go to