Why we support Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust

Kiwi Self Storage has been a keen and loyal supporter of Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust (ARHT) and the work that it performs since 2000, increasing our annual support to become a “Full Mission Sponsor” in 2013.

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For the past 47 years, Auckland’s Westpac Rescue Helicopters have served the people of the greater Auckland area, with an aero-medical rescue service that is second to none. From its pioneering days as a beach based rescue unit at Piha beach, on Auckland’s notorious west coast in 1970, to a fully-fledged service in 2017. The past 7 years have seen a major overhaul of the operation, with a second Helicopter added to the fleet, a second hanger in Coromandel, which opened in 2012, ED Doctors from Auckland hospital traveling on board and the ability to administer blood at the scene, which is a New Zealand first! The service covers an area stretching from Waihi in the south to as far north as Te Hana and has a catchment area of some 2 million people. Over this period, the service has completed some 19,500 accident free missions and has evolved into New Zealand’s only full time, 24 hour a day, air rescue service. The type of work that the helicopters carry out is as diverse as the geography and the people, with which it serves.

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ARHT’s aim is to continue to maintain/improve the service so that it can continue to provide the lifesaving work that it has been performing for the last 47 years! With the continued support and understanding of the Corporate and Community sectors within the region, ARHT will be able to achieve its goal, which is to provide an aero-medical rescue service that is second to none and available to Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime.

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With an average operational cost of $7,500 per rescue, ARHT relies very heavily on the Corporate & Community sectors to help fund these missions past, present and into the future.

We look forward to our continued involvement with Auckland’s Westpac Rescue Helicopters for many years to come.

The benefits of vehicle storage

Fed up of mystery scratches, missing wing mirrors, not being able to find a park near your house? Have you considered renting one at a nearby self storage facility?

Storing your vehicles at self storage facilities can be a really cost-effective way to keep them safe until you want to use them again. You can store cars, boats, trucks, vans, caravans, motor homes, jet skis, motorbikes and trailers, and rest assured they’re being protected by electric perimeter fencing, coded gates and CCTV.

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Whether for domestic or commercial use, keeping your vehicles in storage frees up space at home and most importantly, gives them another level of protection. For tradesmen and other people who keep tools and other important items in their vans overnight, the extra security that you get when you park it in a self storage facility is invaluable. You can access your vehicle as and when you need to and the rental agreements are flexible.

At Kiwi Self Storage, we offer outdoor vehicle and boat storage at all of our facilities and also indoor storage, subject to availability.

Give us a call today on 0800 58 57 56 or visit our website to find out more.

The self storage process

As self storage can be a bit daunting, we thought we’d walk you through the process from start to finish.

First things first, locate your nearest storage facility. Once you’ve found it, either give them a call or pop in and speak to the staff. After all, they’re the experts at all things self storage!

Anyway, so you’ve decided you want to put some of your belongings into storage. Do you know how much space you’ll need? If not, try using our space calculator and size guide. These will give you an idea of how much space your belongings will take up but we always recommend that you visit the facility and ask to see the units. You might be surprised at how much you can fit into the units if you store upwards or add shelving (don’t worry, our staff can advise you on that too!)

When you visit the facility and decide to go ahead with the storage rental, you’ll be asked to fill out your details and decide whether you’d like insurance. Although the chances of damage to your belongings while they’re in self storage are small, we highly advise that you take out insurance. Ours is from NZI and is really good value, tailored, on-the-spot cover with no long forms to fill in, it may cost as little as a cup of coffee per month. You can also pick up any packaging that you might need from one of our on-site shops.

Our minimum rental period is 4 weeks and you can store with us for as long as you need to. If you find that you need to upgrade to a larger unit or downgrade to a smaller one, providing there’s a unit available, this process is simple. If there isn’t one, we’ll do our best to accommodate you. Our staff are here to help make the whole process easy for you so just ask them if you have any questions.

Once the form is completed, all you need to do is move in! You can borrow our trailer or trolleys if you need help moving your belongings, then you’re all set.

We make storage easy.

Unloading a sea container

Our storage centres have Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI)-approved transitional facilities so you can unload shipping containers.

First things first, you need to check that what you’re importing meets the MPI rules and regulations. These are in place to protect our environment and our international trade relationships, so before you start, make sure you adhere to them. You can find more information about preparing to import here or try this step-by-step guide.

Did you know that MPI staff inspect close to 50,000 import consignments a year and around 20% of them fail the biosecurity requirements. If your goods do not meet the regulations, there may be a charge from the shipping company and/or the transitional facility while MPI decontaminates and inspects.

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Here are some guidelines for unloading sea containers at Kiwi Self Storage.

  1. Customers must select a unit and complete a Standard License Agreement including payment for the Unit and all other charges prior to the container arriving or entering the Storage Facility at Kiwi Self Storage. Note: we have a minimum Storage period of 1 month.
  2. Kiwi Self Storage must receive from the customer or the customers Agent, a Customs Delivery Order and or a Bio-security Authority Clearance Certificate (BA/CC), PRIOR to the container entering the Storage Centre at Kiwi Self Storage.
  3. No containers can come on site or be removed from site outside Office hours 8.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4.00pm Saturday and Sunday. Storers are not permitted to give container trucks entrance or exit or the PIN number.
  4. The BA/CC form will identify if a MPI Officer is required to inspect the container and/or certain specific items. If a MPI Officer is required, the Container MUST NOT be opened until the MPI officer arrives (subject to arrangements made with MPI).
  5. Subject to 3 above, an Accredited Person (AP) must also be present when the container is opened at Kiwi Self Storage and remain onsite until signed off. NOTE: We will not permit a container to be opened unless Items 3 and 4 are complied with in full.
  6. All Accredited Persons (AP) must provide Kiwi Self Storage adequate ID of their Accreditation with MPI. The Accreditation may be confirmed by phone with MPI.
  7. Once a container has been opened and the contents inspected, the Accredited Person (AP), must complete a MPI Quarantine Service Container Log Sheet (Log Sheet), a copy of which will be held on file at Kiwi Self Storage and the original sent to MPI by the Accredited Person.
  8. Once the goods have been loaded into a storage unit the customer is to place a Padlock on the unit and keep the key.
  9. Containers are to be removed from Kiwi Self Storage as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of the customer to have the container removed from Kiwi Self Storage.
  10. Charges vary from facility to facility so if you’re interested in unloading a sea container at one of our facilities, please call your local facility and speak to one of our staff.

 

If you’d like any more information on this, do speak to our friendly managers or check out the MPI website.

 

Making the most of your storage unit

When you’re planning to rent self storage, it can be tempting to buy a bigger unit than you need – just in case. But what a lot of people don’t necessarily realise is that if you utilize the height of your unit, you can fit an incredible amount inside.

We were invited to check out a great example of this by one of our commercial customers.

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If you store upwards, you can fit a lot more into your units. If you already have an idea of space, try our handy space calculator and size guide to see what size unit we recommend. If you aren’t sure, speak to one of our friendly managers – they will be able to help you work out what you need. Another way of making the most of your space is by using shelving. We wrote about this a little while ago on the blog, read it here.

This is why it’s important to visit the storage facility and actually take a look inside the units. It makes it much easier to estimate how much space you’ll need, sometimes it’s less than you think, sometimes it’s more.

If you’re interested in visiting one of our facilities, here is the information you’ll need.

Auckland

Mt Roskill – 4c Carr Road, Mt Roskill 09 625 6161

Ellerslie – 40 Cawley Street, Ellerslie 09 525 7233

North Shore – 12 Holder Place, North Shore 09 476 4667

Wellington

Newlands – 2 Newlands Road, Newlands 04 478 4786

Kilbirnie – 165 Rongotai Road, Kilbirnie 04 387 4478

Or for more information about storage in general, visit our website.

Health and Safety at Kiwi Self Storage

At Kiwi Self Storage, we take the health and safety of our staff and customers seriously. All of our storage facilities undergo an independent Health and Safety audit each year and our staff are provided with First Aid Training.

We have also installed an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at every Kiwi Self Storage facility, available to the local community. The use of an AED within 3-5 minutes of collapse can increase the chance of survival by up to 40% and the immediate use can increase someone’s survival by up to 80%.

Here are some of our Mt Roskill staff at their training:

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Our defibrillators are available during our office hours, which are:

Monday-Friday 8.30am – 6.00pm

Saturday-Sunday 9.00am – 4.00pm

If you’d like more information about AEDs, click here. Or to locate your nearest AED, visit AED locations.

Utilising self storage for business

As you know, self storage isn’t just a great option for domestic use. Increasing numbers of businesses use self storage for lots of different reasons. In fact, around 25% of our customers are businesses!

All sorts of businesses can utilise self storage in some way. Here are some of the most common uses.

Document storage

Self storage units are a great way to store your archived documents. Free up space in your office and have access to your archived files whenever you need. All of our units are clean, dry and individually alarmed so your documents will be safe.

Import/Export

Most of our centres have MPI-approved transitional facilities for unloading sea containers so you can buy and store in bulk. If your operation is smaller, you can use the storage space to ‘pick and pack’, our friendly managers can assist with deliveries if you need.

Tool/equipment storage

If you’re a tradesman, your tools are crucial to your trade. By keeping them in a self storage unit rather than your van or garage, you can rest assured that they are safe and secure. We know how costly replacing tools and equipment can be, remove the risk by storing it with us.

Startups and small businesses

Renting office space can be expensive, especially if you have lots of products to store, taking up valuable space. By keeping your bulk bought or created products in a storage unit, you can maximise the space you have. Also, if you’re starting a small business from home, self storage can prevent this taking over your whole house.

Our rental agreements are flexible, you can upgrade or downgrade your unit size to meet the changing needs of your business and most importantly, your products will be safe and secure in our facilities.

Give us a call today on 0800 58 57 56 or visit our website for more information.