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.

 

Why choose Kiwi Self Storage?

We’re glad you asked! We know there are lots of options out there and it can be hard to know which storage company to go with.

As we mentioned in one of our recent posts, it can be tempting to look for the cheapest option and go with it but like with many other industries, you get what you pay for.

At Kiwi Self Storage, we make storage easy. The moment you walk into one of our facilities, our friendly managers will help you work out what size unit you need, give you a tour of the facility and let you know the benefits of storing with us.

  • Our facilities are secure
    • CCTV, electric-perimeter fencing, individually-alarmed units and coded gates
  • Our facilities are conveniently located
    • Wellington: Newlands and Kilbirnie
    • Auckland: North Shore, Ellerslie and Mt Roskill
  • Lots of different sized units
    • We’ll help you work out which is the best size for you and give you advice on how to make the most of the space
  • We have resident managers who live on site
    • They can be quick to respond should an emergency occur
    • Round-the-clock security for your facility
  • Free use of trailers and trolleys to help you move
  • We sell a wide range of packaging materials
    • Boxes, packing supplies, tape, bubble wrap and more!
  • We offer competitively-priced insurance from NZI for as little as a cup of coffee per month!
  • Our staff are storage specialists and they’re happy to help

The main thing is that you get a good feel for the facility and feel comfortable. Whether you’re storing for a short time or for longer, it’s important to look at all factors.

We know we’re biased but we’ve been in this business for over twenty years now and we strive to make the process easier for you. At Kiwi Self Storage, we put you, the customer at the heart of everything we do. Let us make storage easy for you.

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

Utilizing self storage while you’re away from home

International travel is becoming increasingly more accessible, and a lot of our customers use our self storage facilities to keep some of their belongings in while they’re away. It’s also a great way to save money while you build or search for a new home. By putting your bulky items into storage, you can look at temporarily renting a smaller place until you find your next home, rather than having to find a place that can accommodate you and all of your furniture.

Either way, whether you’re off on your OE (overseas experience), taking a sabbatical, moving or looking to rent out your home, apartment or room through a company like airbnb, self storage can be a really convenient solution for you. We have flexible rental agreements – if your trip is extended or shortened, we can accommodate, we offer hassle-free insurance from NZI and our resident managers do lock checks of all units every day to make sure that your belongings are safe.

We always recommend that people store their items properly when they rent one of our units.  This includes boxing whatever can be boxed and covering anything that can’t be, including mattresses, sofas, desks etc. with plastic covers. We sell all of these at our facilities and for more storage tips, check out our post about how to pack for storage.

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It can be daunting, packing up your life and heading overseas whether it’s for a few months or a few years. Let us ease some of your worry and look after your belongings in our clean, dry, secure facilities until you get back. We make storage easy.

If you aren’t sure where to begin with self storage, the best thing you can do is call and speak to one of our friendly managers, they’re the storage specialists and they should be able to help you make sense of it all.

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

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.

Self storage for businesses

Most people are aware of the benefits of using self storage for residential purposes, but did you know that more and more businesses have started utilizing self storage units to grow their business too?

Here are the three biggest benefits to using self storage for your business:

  1. They give you the opportunity to buy or create products in bulk without them taking over your home.
  2. The rental agreements are flexible so you can downgrade or upgrade your space easily as your business evolves.
  3. Self storage units are conveniently located and secure.

At Kiwi Self Storage, we can help with deliveries and we also have transitional facilities in both Auckland and Wellington so you can unload containers. That plus free use of trolleys and trailers, on-site managers and lots of experience helping small- and medium-sized businesses makes it easy.

To find out more, visit our website or call our friendly managers today on 0800 58 57 56.

Planning, packaging and packing

Whether you’re moving house, taking a sabbatical, starting a small business, planning to rent out your spare room on Airbnb, redecorating etc. it’s important to pack your belongings properly.

As we’ve said before, a general rule for packing is that you should put everything into boxes and anything that doesn’t fit into boxes should be covered. Even if your storage facility is clean and dry, covering up items such as mattresses and sofas ensures that they stay fresh.

Boxes should be filled to capacity but not overfilled; partially full or bulging boxes may tip or collapse. Heavy items like books and tools should be packed in smaller boxes so they are easy to handle. Packing and labeling boxes room by room makes the unpacking much easier and if you need to find something in storage you will have some idea of which carton to begin looking in.

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We like to use coloured stickers on ours – make sure you put them on the side of the box and not the top though! All you need is a selection of coloured stickers and one piece of paper which indexes which colours represent which rooms. Easy!

At Kiwi Self Storage, we’re there for you when you need us. We sell a range of sturdy cardboard boxes, padlocks, bubble wrap and wrapping paper, furniture covers and packing tape at all of our facilities, and we can advise you on how to make the most of your space.

We make storage easy.