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Meet the ShelterBox New Zealand Response Team Members
  
Listed below are the members of the New Zealand ShelterBox Response Team. Our Team is part of an international group of more than 200 worldwide volunteers who have been extensively trained  to handle the challenges and procedures involved in delivering ShelterBox aid into a disaster area.

Arnold Kelly
Owen Smith
Ross MacKenzie
Sally Ann Fletcher
Mike Peachey

Jimmy Griffith


 


s a Police Officer who has seen the real face of poverty and not just in recessionary New Zealand. Arnold is Ashburton’s former police boss, who is now a trained volunteer for ShelterBox, a disaster relief charity that sends boxes of aid to victims of disasters around the world. The charity is now in 20 countries around the world.

As part of his training in Cornwall, England, where the charity has its headquarters, he lived in one of the tents for a week. In Sudan, he worked with fellow ShelterBox volunteers to assess the usefulness of the boxes in Sudanese conditions. More than 700 boxes had been sent to Sudan to help people displaced by the ongoing conflict there.
Since graduating as a ShelterBox volunteer (SRT) from the ShelterBox Training Academy in 2009, Arnold can be called upon to deploy into disaster areas across the world at any time. He is on currently on unpaid leave from the New Zealand Police, and wants to raise awareness of the work of ShelterBox across his Rotary District.
 

Arnold Kelly is a Police Officer who has seen the real face of poverty and not just in recessionary New Zealand. Arnold is Ashburton’s former police boss, who is now a trained volunteer for ShelterBox, a disaster relief charity that sends boxes of aid to victims of disasters around the world. The charity is now in 20 countries around the world.

As part of his training in Cornwall, England, where the charity has its headquarters, he lived in one of the tents for a week. In Sudan, he worked with fellow ShelterBox volunteers to assess the usefulness of the boxes in Sudanese conditions. More than 700 boxes had been sent to Sudan to help people displaced by the ongoing conflict there.
Since graduating as a ShelterBox volunteer (SRT) from the ShelterBox Training Academy in 2009, Arnold can be called upon to deploy into disaster areas across the world at any time. He is on currently on unpaid leave from the New Zealand Police, and wants to raise awareness of the work of ShelterBox across his Rotary District.
   

ARNOLD KELLY
  
Arnold Kelly Arnold Kelly is a former Police Officer who has seen the real face of poverty and not just in recessionary New Zealand. Arnold is a trained volunteer for ShelterBox, the disaster relief charity that sends boxes of aid to victims of disasters around the world.

As part of his initial SRT training in Cornwall, England, where the charity has its headquarters, he lived in one of the tents for a week.

Since graduating as a ShelterBox volunteer (SRT) from the ShelterBox Training Academy in 2009, Arnold can be called upon to deploy into disaster areas across the world at any time. He is on currently on unpaid leave from the New Zealand Police, and wants to raise awareness of the work of ShelterBox across his Rotary District. 
 



    
OWEN SMITH
 
Owen Smith Owen lives and works in the Bay of Islands a beautiful part of NZ.

I like to travel, stay fit and have fun. He says he is very lucky to have a supportive family of 3 sons Dean, Jay and Lucas and his wife Beth. We are an active family who regularly go camping, diving and sailing.

He has covered about 40,000 miles of offshore sailing in numerous voyages & yacht races around the Pacific including the Sydney Hobart yacht race the year before the tragedy that claimed 6 lives in 1998.

Owen is also a keen cyclist and manages to compete in a few races each year which keeps him fit for his ShelterBox deployments.

Owen is a Rotarian and Past President of the Kerikeri Rotary Club (9910).
 

 


 
   
ROSS MAcKENZIE
 
Ross Mackenzie Ross Mackenzie is a former Silverdale fire-fighter and Rotarian. He is also one of six specially trained volunteers who make up the ShelterBox Response Team based here in New Zealand.
 
Ross is an SRT member from the class of 2009, the year he graduated from the ShelterBox Training Academy in Cornwall in the UK. He said, “It was a really challenging experience but a very enjoyable one,” Adding that. “It needed to be tough given the unpredictable and very difficult environments we have to work in.”

Since completing his training he has deployed to the Philippines to support families in the aftermath of Typhoon Morakot, and to Madagascar a former French colony which was hit by a major cyclone that left the official death toll at 34 and destroyed thousands of homes.

In Madagascar Ross said, “Communication was a big problem in the former French colony, where people speak primarily Malagasy and French, luckily however, being able to call upon the support of Rotary and Rotarians within the countries where we work means that there is always someone able to act as translator.”

Based in Auckland where he works, Ross is available to talk to local clubs and other interested groups on the work of the “SRT” and of “ShelterBox”.
    
 



   
SALLY ANN FLETCHER 
 
Sally who resides in Auckland is always ready for the next disaster and she is always prepared for deployment as part of the world’s largest Global Rotary Club Project – ShelterBox. 
 
Sally started her training in December 2010 on a pre-course selection weekend which was held in Dunedin. Having successfully passed her selection course she travelled to the UK where she completed and passed an intensive nine-day training programme to be selected as a ShelterBox Response Team Member. 
 
The training was conducted at the ShelterBox Training Academy near Helston, in England and included a number of exercises in the Dartmoor National Park and other simulations at the Portsmouth Naval Base disaster training area and RNAS Culdrose air base.

"We were ‘set up to fail’ in much of what we did," says Sally. "The concept being there was so much to learn, you learned faster from what you got wrong as opposed to the things we got right." 

She now joins her other kiwi team members to become part of an international team of 160 ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) volunteers worldwide. She has recently been deployed on her first deployment assisting with the floods in Fiji. 
  
   



MIKE PEACHEY 

     
Mike Peachey is a career firefighter currently stationed in Hastings, Hawke's Bay and is the newest member of our response team.

After watching an interview of one of the NZ SRT members on a local TV channel, Mike knew this was a charity he wanted to work for.

"Shelterbox is a disaster relief organisation that provides the opportunity for me to help those in need in a tangible way utilising the skills my working background provides" says Mike.

Having passing the 4 day selection in July 2012  he was selected to attend and successfully completed the 9 SRT course in March 2013. "I have been really impressed by the professionalism of the Shelterbox Training Academy and amazed at the diverse background of SRT volunteers and the valuable skills they bring to Shelterbox. Engineers, Lawyers, Paramedics. The many strengths and skills give SRT teams a unique perspective and ability to deliver the shelter and equipment needed by those affected, immediately after a disaster."

"I feel it is really important to acknowledge the huge contribution Rotary has provided and continues to provide to make Shelterbox the success story it is."
 



JIMMY GRIFFITH

    
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Selection process

 

Step 1 Application  
When you think you have enough experience to meet the criteria for SRT then your first step is to complete an application form. Please be aware that we only consider applications from those who have demonstrated a commitment to ShelterBox.
      
Step 2 Interview 

For British residents interviews will be held at ShelterBox HQ in Helston, Cornwall. Alternative arrangements will be made depending upon personal circumstances. Applications from outside the UK are welcome but your application needs to be directed to your in-country affiliate. Please contact us for details.

If successful you will be invited to a selection weekend.
 
Step 3 Selection Weekend
The selection weekend will test your basic fitness, personal attributes and inter-personal skills. Applicants are constantly monitored and assessed by the SRT Training Team and experienced SRT members for suitability. If successful you will be invited to attend a nine day training course.
 
Step 4 Nine Day SRT Training Course  
This is an intensive nine (9) day residential course in Cornwall. The course is designed to be challenging, replicating what SRTs are likely to face in the field on deployment. The course is both an opportunity for you to develop your knowledge and skills in areas such as humanitarian logistics, personal security and ‘getting the job done’, whilst also enabling the training team to further assess your suitability for the role.
 
Whilst the course is physically demanding, it is certainly not all about brute strength. We are looking for a certain type of person who can think on their feet and remain calm under pressure. If you successfully pass the SRT Training you will be asked to join a unique group of dedicated SRT volunteers as a trainee (or ‘newbie’).
 
Step 5 Your First Deployment and Continuing Development  
Given the unique and unpredictable nature of our humanitarian work we cannot guarantee a deployment for everyone on a regular basis. However, we endeavour to deploy new team members when feasible as operational requirements dictate. As a new SRT you will normally be in a team of four, under the guidance of an experienced team leader and your progress will be closely monitored.
 
Whilst we are committed to supporting and developing our volunteers, we expect team members to remain pro-active about their involvement with ShelterBox, which includes your continuing development. There are numerous ways to keep up to date with new equipment and procedures and there is a mutual responsibility to work with the training and operations team to ensure you are ready for future deployments.

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