The Waterview Tunnel and the benefits for our customers

Work on the tunnel first began in 2013 and was completed this July. The tunnel opening was much anticipated for us at Kiwi Self Storage because of how convenient it makes travelling to and from our Mt Roskill facility.

Thanks to the tunnel, our Mt Roskill facility is now at the heart of Auckland, with excellent access for our business customers to use the motorway network north, south, west and to the airport.

Understandably, we’re delighted at how easy it is for people to access our facility but we’re not alone in our praise for the tunnel – you’ve no doubt heard countless people expressing their delight at how much shorter their journeys have been since the tunnel opened? There are also some great stories on the NZ Transport Agency website about how the tunnel has helped businesses and our fellow Aucklanders connect with their family and friends.

Here are some facts about the tunnel that you might not know…

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We mentioned earlier about the tunnel being one of the benefits for our business customers, in addition to the tunnel opening, our Mt Roskill centre is an MPI-approved transitional facility so you can unload sea containers.

If you’re interested, we’ve written about the benefits of self storage for businesses before:

Has the Waterview Tunnel opened up options for your business? If it has and you think you could benefit from renting a storage unit, give our friendly managers a call today on 0800 58 57 56 or visit our website.

 

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.