The crew at the Silverdale Volunteer Fire Brigade in north Auckland have thanked an anonymous woman for an amazing act of kindness on Sunday.
A group of four volunteer firefighters were sitting for lunch at an Orewa café when a woman walked in, paid for their food and drinks, wished them a happy New Year, and promptly left.
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The Brigade posted to their Facebook page on Monday thanking the "Lady in Pink".
It said the four firefighters were on a 24 hour shift and were "unaware of the kindness that was to be bestowed upon them by a total stranger".
The post said the meal helped the team to keep up energy at a callout later in the day.
"You paid for four meals and four drinks, which well sustained the team a couple of hours later at a vegetation fire in Dairy Flat."
The volunteer service said the four were "absolutely stunned mullets at the time" and apologised for not thanking her before she left the café.
"So, Lady in Pink - a very heartfelt THANK YOU from Sunday's Red Watch crew at the Silverdale Volunteer Fire Brigade.
"You are a beautiful human being."
They followed up the post with a list of ways to "pay it forward every day" including picking up litter and leaving a good review for a local business.