February 17, 2023
Government kick starts disaster relief funds
Emergency Management Minister Kieran McAnulty has announced an initial contribution of $2 million to support east coast communities hit by Cyclone Gabrielle.
The putea is split between the Tairāwhiti and Hawke’s Bay disaster relief funds.
He says it’s too early to know the full cost of the damage, but the Government want to make sure the regions have the resources to get immediate support to those who need it.
Mr McAnulty was in Tairawhiti yesterday with the Prime Minister and East Coast MP Kiritapu Allen to gauge the impact firsthand, and he says what they saw was gut wrenching.
He thanked everyone who has moved quickly to respond to this event – the Council, Civil Defence Emergency Management Group, marae, volunteers, and first responders who have all stepped up to keep people safe.