February 16, 2023
MP eyes devastation around Hastings kainga
Te Tairawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri says getting the power back on has to be a priority as Hawke’s Bay tries to recover from the devastation left by Cyclone Gabrielle.
Speaking from the emergency centre in Hastings, Ms Whaitiri says she has not had pohine servece, for two days, and her Whakatu home has been a haven for whanau from the nearby papakainga becuase she has a barbeque to cook on.
She says there is still a lot of surface flooding, downed bridges and slips everwhere.
“Aroha to our whanau out at Omahu, our largest marae there and the urupa went under water, pur own urupa at Kopatiki was under water, Tangoio Marae devastation through the wharenui and that’s as far as I have been able to see but hopefully getting out and about, talking to our Emergency Management Minister, giving him a low down on Hastings and of course our priority is Wairoa simply because they are completely cut off,” Ms Whaitiri says.
She people should say off the roads to allow repair crews and supplies to get through.