Thursday, June 13, 2024

Nearly 1,000 respond to cyclone response survey

A panel reviewing the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group response to Cyclone Gabrielle has received close to 1,000 responses to an online survey.

The responses are being gathered as part of the panel’s independent review of the Group’s handling of the cyclone response.

“This overwhelming response highlights the critical importance of capturing community and mana whenua views as part of our ongoing review process,” said former Police Commissioner, Mike Bush, who is heading up the response review panel.

“Our Panel is making good progress on the Independent Review, and over the coming weeks we will be continuing with our community and mana whenua engagement programme to ensure a range of peoples’ experiences and opinions are reflected in the final report.

“We are working hard to deliver a final report to the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Joint Standing Committee by the end of March 2024, and remain on track to do so.”

The panel this week voted to extend the timeframe for the community survey, enabling it to remain open through until 15 January 2024.

“We will also be investing some additional time and resource to ensure we undertake a robust and meaningful engagement process for whānau and communities across Te Matau-a-Māui Hawke’s Bay,” said Mr Bush.

“We also wish to acknowledge and thank those impacted residents who have already responded to the survey, including those that have shared their deeply personal experiences relating to the Cyclone Gabrielle response.”

The survey is available at this link:

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