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Severe Weather Event Support Information - Key Links and Useful Information

Kia ora tātou.

Please see below key safety information and links for areas impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle. Information is changing regularly and frequently, please make sure to check the sources below for updates.


Key National Messages

The government has announced a grant for businesses hard-hit by Cyclone Gabrielle and the January flooding. Businesses can apply for up to $40,000 through the local agencies administering the funding:

Bay of Plenty
Hawke’s Bay

The funding for the seven affected regions is limited, so we advise you to get your application sorted as soon as possible.


Other financial relief packages include:

• Tax relief in the form of interest write-offs, tax concessions for donated trading stock and an extension of R&D Tax Incentive filing deadlines.

• $500k for the Enhanced Taskforce Green progamme to help hard-hit communities with the clean-up mahi that is required.


A Cabinet Committee has also been set up to help coordinate the Central Government response and recovery from Cyclone Gabrielle. It is chaired by Grant Robertson, with Barbara Edmonds as deputy, and will be led by several Lead Ministers for each of the affected regions.

The following Ministers are tasked with reporting back to government on the local recovery approach for their regions:

Northland - Minister Kelvin Davis
Auckland and Coromandel - Minister Michael Wood
Waikato - Minister Nanaia Mahuta
Tairāwhiti and Bay of Plenty - Minister Kiri Allan
Hawke’s Bay - Minister Stuart Nash
Tararua and Wairarapa - Minister Kieran McAnulty


General get ready info

MetService forecasts

Waka Kotahi

National Civil Defence

Cyclone Gabrielle Factsheet


Civil Defence payments are also available if you are in one of the areas impacted by the cyclone. Visit Work and Income for more information including eligibility and access.


If you are looking for someone or worried about a whanaunga you haven't heard from, head to the Police 10-5 website and complete the appropriate form.

If you are in immediate danger, call 111.


Your regional or local authorities are still the key point for information - see links to each region below:


Te Tai Tokerau | Northland

Far North District Council

Kaipara District Council

Whangārei District Council

Northland Civil Defence

Far North Mayoral Relief Fund


Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland

Auckland Severe Weather Welfare Factsheet

Auckland Emergency Management Website

Auckland Emergency Management Facebook Page

Auckland Council

Auckland Mayoral Relief Fund

Auckland 'Back to Work' Grant for businesses



Waikato Regional Emergency Management Website

Civil Defence Waikato Facebook Page

Waikato Regional Council

Waikato District Council

Hauraki District Council

Waikato District Council Mayoral Relief Fund


Waiaua | Coromandel

Thames Coromandel District Council Website

Thames Coromandel District Council Facebook

Emergency Shelters

Roading Networks

Thames/Coromandel Mayoral Relief Fund


Tairāwhiti | East Coast

Tairāwhiti Civil Defence Facebook

Gisborne District Council

Tairāwhiti Mayoral Relief Fund


Te Moana-a-Toi | Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty Civil Defence

Tauranga City Council Website

Whakatāne Mandatory Evacuation Information

Whakātane District Council 

Ōpōtiki District Council Facebook

Ōpōtiki District Council Website


Te Matau a Māui | Hawke's Bay

Hawkes Bay Civil Defence

Wairoa District Council Facebook

Wairoa District Council Website

Napier City Council Facebook

Napier City Council Website

Hastings District Council Facebook

Hastings District Council

Central Hawke's Bay District Council Mayoral Relief Fund


Tararua | Wairarapa

Tararua District Council Facebook

Tararua District Council

Tararua Mayoral Relief Fund


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