An upgrade to the main street of Whitianga has meant that local cafés have had to turn to alternative streams of income to stay afloat. The French Fig, which is situated on the piece of road which is currently being re-laid, has seen a decline in sales since the works began. After a “frighteningly quiet” school holiday period, employee Chloe Reardon began looking for solutions.

“We have to be positive about [the upgrade] and struggle through this rough bit,” she said. The delivery service started in mid-April, “a little bit later” than intended but still “better than nothing.”

The new service has its fans, including those working on the upgrade.

“It’s like a school lunch order, but for adults.”

Employee Casey Gabb was philosophical, noting that when the upgrades are complete the French Fig will be able to fit four more tables outside.