Assembling Christmas hampers for redundant Hillside workers
are (from left) Simone Hourigan, Labour Party Dunedin South
MP Clare Curran and Rail and Maritime Transport Union
Hillside branch chairman Stuart Johnstone, at the Bill
Fraser Lounge in South Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Craig
About $3000 worth of Christmas cheer is being delivered
to redundant Hillside Engineering Workshops staff today and
tomorrow in the form of 111 hampers.
More than 35 Dunedin businesses and individuals supplied
food, toys, books, clothing and other items for the hampers,
which were assembled at the Bill Fraser Lounge on Macandrew
Rd, just a block from Hillside, yesterday.
Labour Party Dunedin South MP Clare Curran organised the
Hillside hamper appeal to spread cheer among the almost 90
workers made redundant by KiwiRail.
She said community support had been ''overwhelming''.
Major donations were made by several businesses and
organisations, and other
business operators supplied vouchers for the hampers. Hamper
recipients will enjoy a range of chocolate products, jelly,
instant pudding, tinned and packaged food, Christmas pudding,
fruit mince pies, tomato sauce, instant coffee, beer and
wine, T-shirts, pavlova, truffles, candy canes, cereal and
Some hampers also contained woollen hats, while others
included books and Christmas crackers.
Wrapped children's toys for boys and girls were also
incorporated, having been donated in a Santa sack-sized lucky
Tomorrow is the last day for 35 Hillside staff. Thirty
finished on December 7 and another 20 will leave the facility
once they have closed all but its foundry and heavy lift
KiwiRail leased the foundry to Bradken, which employed about
20 former Hillside workers, and seven staff will continue to
work for KiwiRail on the heavy lift.
A ceremony to mark the end of 130 years of full operation at
Hillside will be held at the facility's main gates on
Hillside Rd from 11am tomorrow.
Members of the public were welcome to attend and encouraged
to lay cut flowers on the Hillside war memorials, where
wreaths will be placed.