Friday, July 19, 2024

Hawke’s Bay Disaster Relief fund issues first payments

The Hawke’s Bay Relief Trust has approved its first round of payments today as part of the Cyclone Gabrielle relief package.

Just under $500,000 will be distributed to applicants and be a welcomed contribution to loses they have incurred, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council said in a statement.

The payments are aimed to help alleviate hardship due to such things as flooding, prolonged power outages and landslips. For the rural community, this can be extended to provide some assistance for emergency fencing requirements and disposal of dead stock.

Regional Council Group Manager Corporate Services, Susie Young says the Trust received an overwhelming number of applications within the first week.

“Our team are working through applications as fast as possible, focusing on those most in need,” she said.

“Given the volume of applications and the need to distribute the funds evenly, some people may not receive the full amount they requested.”

The fund was activated by Hawke’s Bay Mayors and Chair on 18 February.

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