March 16, 2023
Marae set to get Gabrielle reimbursement
Fifteen million dollars in government financial support is now available to support community groups who responded to Cyclone Gabrielle.
Roger Ball, the acting director of Civil Defence Emergency Management, says that community groups worked hard to respond to the cyclone and it’s important to reimburse them as quickly and easily as possible.
Iwi, marae and community groups were the backbone of the response, demonstrating manaakitanga when their communities needed it most and keeping people safe.
The Cyclone Gabrielle Welfare Support Grant will reimburse emergency costs that have already been incurred by marae, iwi and community organisations to care for people who were affected, displaced or isolated during the state of national emergency.
It provides a faster alternative to the normal process of seeking reimbursement through local authorities for emergency response costs.”
Applications are now open and community groups can apply directly on civildefence.govt.nz.
The Grant is administered by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on behalf of the government, and potential applicants can find out more on NEMA’s website.