Cyclone Gita a medium-scale adverse event

Taranaki and Tasman

Published on Thursday, March 01, 2018

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/cyclone-gita-medium-scale-adverse-eventDamien O’Connor

Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor today announced that the damage wrought by former Cyclone Gita in Taranaki and parts of the Tasman district meets the criteria for medium-scale adverse event classification. 

The classification triggers funding for recovery efforts across the primary sector including activity coordination and events delivered through the Rural Support Trusts. 

“These two regions bore the brunt of Cyclone Gita,” says Mr O’Connor.   

“Our farmers and growers in Taranaki were suffering from drought including a severe lack of feed for the last few months and then coastal, southern and eastern Taranaki in particular was hit hard by the storm. 

“Intense winds caused significant damage. Thousands of trees are down and the wind has collapsed sheds and damaged roofs. Pockets of rural areas are still without power while repairs are made and the network needs to be rebuilt in some areas.” 

The local Rural Advisory Group has been working alongside Civil Defence and Emergency Management to visit affected farms and build up a picture of the impact and path to recovery. The Fonterra Emergency Response Team has been helping clear fallen trees as a priority. 

“A lot of work is needed to make farms safe, rebuild infrastructure, and clean-up the mess. MPI is working with the Ministry of Social Development to confirm if Enhanced Task Force Green teams will be set up to help with some of the clean-up.” 

In the Tasman region, Civil Defence and Emergency Management, the local Rural Support Trust and Federated Farmers have been working together to assess welfare needs and impacts for farmers and growers in the worst-affected areas of Motueka Valley, Riwaka and Marahau. 

“Travelling around Tasman immediately after the cyclone the early impacts were clear, but a week later there’s more damage everywhere you look. 

“In this area it was flooding from the storm, as much as wind damage,” says Mr O’Connor. “Silt and debris have been washed into farm and orchard land, and orchardists are working to urgently clear silt away from apple and other production crops.” 

While the closure of Takaka Hill SH60 added to the challenges, Fonterra was able to continue to collect milk and to operate its Takaka plant, so dairy farms could get through the immediate aftermath.  

The Minister of Revenue Stuart Nash has welcomed the activation of Inland Revenue’s income equalisation discretions for this event, and Inland Revenue will also consider hardship situations. Affected farmers should contact their accountant in the first instance.

Help available:

Recovery measures that could be made available for farming families, on top of hardship assistance that is routinely available, include:

  • Recovery coordination
  • Pastoral support
  • Community and technology transfer events
  • Flexibility with the Income Equalisation Scheme
  • Enhanced Task Force Green (subject to Minister for Social Development approval) 
  • Rural Assistance Payments if needed by the community (subject to Minister for Social Development approval)
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Author: Terri Anderson

Categories: National, Taranaki, Top of the South




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Rural Recovery BBQ's - 1 year on

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Post-flood advice for rural people **update on bore water**

Bay of Plenty 5 May

Friday, May 04, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson


Download this sheet for details on taking care of yourself, your family, your animals and your business.

Update from Rotorua Lakes Council: Rural properties on bore water

Septic tanks are a potential source of faecal contamination to flood waters and it is possible for surface water to travel down the outer casing of a bore into groundwater.

If your drinking water supply is from a bore and there was flood water around the borehead, then there is a risk that your bore water might be contaminated. If this is the case then please boil your water before drinking and have your water tested to confirm whether your water supply is safe.  

Rotorua Lakes Council's laboratory can test your drinking water to determine the presence of Ecoli, which is an indicator of faecal contamination, free of charge to those affected by the storm. To arrange a sample, collect a bottle from the lab at the Wastewater Treatment Plant off Te Ngae Road or contact Council on 07 348 4199 for more information.


Other useful contacts and information

Rotorua Lakes Council helpline: 0800 020 001

 Rural Support Trust 0800 787 254

 Ministry for Primary: Industries (Animal Welfare): 0800 00 83 33

 Rotorua SPCA: 07 349 2995

 EQC: https://www.eqc.govt.nz/about-eqc/our-publications/factsheets/storm-damage.

 Your insurer, bank, advisors and accountant.

 Bay of Plenty Regional Council: 0800 884 880: www.boprc.govt.nz

 Waikato Regional Council:0800 800 401: www.waikatoregion.govt.nz

 DairyNZ: 0800 4 DairyNZ (0800 4 324 7969)

 Fonterra for milk collection issues / special collection arrangement 0800 656568

 Federated Farmers: 0800 FARMING (0800 327 646)




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Good Yarn Workshops coming up!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Author: Bridget Frame

Good Yarn Workshops:

  • KAIKOURA - Wednesday 9th May 10.30pm - 2pm Lobster Inn
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GoodYarn is a hands-on workshop that will give you the practical tools and confidence to be able to talk to people in rural communities about mental health.
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First winter storm sweeping the country

midday, 10 April 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

As the winter weather is making itself felt, most recently with tornadoes in Taranaki and Ruapehu, please stay safe and travel only if absolutely necessary.

Treat all lines as live and report power outages to your supplier.

Please ask for assistance if you need it, and keep an eye on your neighbours.

For updates at this stage please refer to https://www.facebook.com/TaranakiCivilDefence/ and https://www.facebook.com/ruapehudc/

Weather updates http://www.metservice.com/national/home.

Pic below of unoccupied home, taken from Ruapehu District Council facebook page.


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