Saturday, April 13, 2024

Hawke’s Bay opens disaster relief fund

Hawke’s Bay region residents who have been affected by Cyclone Gabrielle can now apply for assistance from the Hawke’s Bay Disaster Relief Fund.

The fund, organised by the Hawke’s Bay mayors and chair, offers one-off hardship grants to alleviate hardship due to such things as flooding, prolonged power outages and landslips.

For the rural community, applications can be extended to provide some assistance for emergency fencing requirements for livestock and disposal of dead stock.

Hawke’s Bay Disaster Relief Fund chair, Hinewai Ormsby, who is also the chair of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, says the fund will help the Hawke’s Bay community get essential and  immediate access to funds to assist with recovering from the impacts of the cyclone.

“We are committed to supporting the community, and those who have lost so much, to help get them back on their feet. This will help individuals, families, community organisations and marae,” she said.

“Thank you so much to those individuals and organisations who have donated to the fund so far.

“Together as a community, we are going to recover from this unprecedented event, it’s going to be a long road, but we’ll do it.”

For more information about the fund or to donate to it, see or text DONATEto 5569. An online application form for funding is available at

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