February 12, 2024
Glimmer of light at Wairoa marks Gabrielle year on
Wairoa is this week marking a year since Cyclone Gabrielle ravaged the northern Hawke’s Bay town.
Benita Tahuri the recovery manager for the Wairoa DIstrict Council, says the recovery effort has been led by a tripartite organisation including the council, post settlement organisation Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa and the Wairoa taiwhenua.
A dawn hikoi on Wednesday will start at the showgrounds where the Wairoa River breached its banks during the cyclone, and finish with a community breakfast.
The commemoration theme is Hinatore – the community working together towards the dawning of a new day.
“Because we’ve come through the darkness and hopefully we’ve supported whanaut to just see there is hope on the horizon, if not roght now, because we are still in the full-blown impacts one year later – a hugely significant event that has transformed the face of our community and lots of people still suffering and displaced from homes,” Ms Tahuri says.
A region wide one-minute silence will be held at midday to remember the lives lost in Wairoa and Hawke’s Bay, and the day will end with a whanau concert featuring local and New Zealand acts at the Tapuae Grounds.