Gisborne flooding a medium scale event

Published on Tuesday, June 12, 2018

 

Flooding damage around the Tolaga Bay area of Gisborne meets the criteria for a medium scale event, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor and Associate Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri announced today.

Metservice has forecast heavy rain and severe gales for parts of northern and central New Zealand over the next two days, including parts of Gisborne, where significant damage was caused from 200mm of rain falling in 24 hours a week ago.

“The second storm in a week is bringing more intense rainfall to Tolaga Bay and the surrounding area,” said Damien O’Connor.

“The people in this area were just starting to clean up from the impact of the severe rainfall over Queen’s Birthday weekend.”

“During last week’s storms, the Hikuwai River rose three metres and passed flood warning levels within half an hour, worse than forecast and overnight, leaving farmers with little time to prepare.

“The area’s infrastructure, farm land and plantation forestry was significantly damaged, with silt and forestry debris washing up over farmland and damaging bridges.  People were evacuated to safety, and stock including 350 ewes and several horses were reported as lost.”

Tairāwhiti Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) has been leading the response so far. Minister Whaitiri, Associate Minister of Forestry and Agriculture, observed the affected area in a flyover last week with Te Uru Rākau officials and Gisborne District Council staff and has maintained close contact with those on the ground.

“The next 24 hours are critical,” says Meka Whaitiri. “It’s unfortunate this weather is coming in so close to the first storm, but people are prepared this time, and will either move, or are wary that another downfall will cause more damage.

“The bigger picture is emerging that it’s not just about cleaning up the immediate damage and stock losses. It’s about support to our communities and how to feed stock over winter when the pasture and winter crops are now under silt and water,” says Meka Whaitiri.

Ministers, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) officials and industry bodies are working closely with local CDEM, industry and community groups in parts of Gisborne.

“Getting farmers, their families, workers, animals and businesses safely through the next couple of days is paramount,” says Damien O’Connor.

 “When this storm passes, we are ready to focus on clean up and recovery.”

Background

Classifying an adverse event as medium-scale means a range of recovery assistance measures can be brought in for the rural community.  This can include:

  • Resourcing for rural recovery co-ordination.
  • Resource for on-farm farm clean-up. This could involve the co-ordination of volunteers or the use of Enhanced Taskforce Green.
  • A boost for the local Rural Support Trust to help serve their communities with pastoral care, including organising local events and arranging recovery facilitators who work one-to-one with farmers.
  • Technology  transfer activities and events.

Other usual recovery measures, which may include tax flexibility and income assistance options, can be made available as appropriate. 
 

Advice for farmers

  • Take care of yourself, your family, your workers, your neighbours and your animals
  • Ensure stock and domestic animals have food, clean water, shelter, and are secure.
  • If you move stock during flooding update your NAIT records. 
  • For any advice or assistance call your industry body or local Rural Support Trust on 0800 RURAL HELP (0800 787 254). In an emergency dial 111.

 

Background

What are the criteria for declaring a medium scale adverse event?

There are three levels of ‘adverse events’ – localised, medium and large-scale. These can cover events like droughts, floods, fire, earthquakes and other natural disasters.

The criteria for assessing the scale of an adverse event are:

  • Options available for the community to prepare for and recover from the event; 
  • Magnitude of the event (likelihood and scale of physical impact), and;
  • Capacity of the community to cope economically and socially.

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Nelson Tasman Fires

Update as at 11 Feb 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson
Who do I call and where do I go?
Concerned about safety of people? Call 111.

Evacuating? You can go to Civil Defence Centre at Saxton Field Stadium, Stoke

They can help with:

  • Your pets
  • Welfare information and advice
  • Help with accommodation if you need it.

Please register with CDEM if you evacuate

  • If you don’t use the centre or need any help, please call 03 543 8400 to register
  • This means you’re on our list to send you information about getting back home.


Civil Defence payments

  • Do you need food, petrol, clothing? Civil Defence payments can be made available for evacuated people. Talk to Work and Income on 0800 559 009.

Work and income

  • If you don’t know if you can get help, or are finding supporting your family tricky: talk to Work and Income on 0800 559 009. They may be able to help cover urgent or unexpected costs, living expenses, lost wages, benefits, and housing assistance.

Health and support

  • GP visits and pharmacy prescriptions will be waived for fire-related appointments. For help accessing a GP call 03 543 7841
  • Wakefield Health Centre is in the Richmond community health hub (281 Queen St)
  • Or call the freephone Healthline on 0800 611 116
  • Rural people can call the Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254.
  • After hours and weekends: Medical and Injury Centre (Nelson) and in Motueka (Greenwood Health or The Doctors) Nelson Bays Primary Health. www.nbph.org.nz

Insurance

  • When you return to your property take photos and call your insurance company.

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For the most up to date information about the fires visit: Nelson Tasman Civil Defence website: www.nelsontasmancivildefence.co.nz/news  or https://www.facebook.com/nelsontasmancivildefenceandemergencymanagement


Not sure who to talk to?  Call Tasman District Council on 03 543 8400 (24 hours)

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For animal welfare call MPI on 0800 008 333 (option 4)                        

If you may need to evacuate, try to move or prepare your animals beforehand.

If you need help with this, or if you have evacuated and had to leave your animals behind,
please call MPI on 0800 008 333 (option 4) with as much information as you can give them.

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RMPP-funded courses nationally

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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Understanding Your Farming Business equips and supports women involved in sheep and beef farming to lift business performance. Whether you’re farming with others or on your own, you’ll gain the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to help create a positive future.   

Fully funded by the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP), this programme will ensure you return to your business with fresh eyes, be equipped to play a greater part in decision making and be able to communicate powerfully with farming partners, financial advisors and rural professionals. 

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

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Next meeting of the Southland Rural Support Trust -

General Meeting

Location:  ***Note Change***

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Tuesday 12 February 2019

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Trustees Only: 10am

Facilitators and Key Partners: 11am

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Cyclone Season

What to do in case of severe rain/storm

Monday, December 24, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

Before severe rain

· Keep an eye on weather reports and enact your plans for moving stock and supplementary feed to higher ground if needed.

· Clear gutters and drains where possible

· Have to hand a smartphone, a charger for the car, a torch, and a battery-powered radio

· Check your insurance cover details

 

During a flood or storm

· Keep an eye on https://www.civildefence.govt.nz/ and your regional council websites/facebook or radio station

· The safety of you, your family, and workers comes first.

· Move stock to safety, shelter and water and make sure they can't wander. Are the electric fences working?

· Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities as it can help prevent damage to your home or community. Unplug small appliances to avoid damage from power surges.

· Do not attempt to drive or walk through floodwaters unless essential.

· Check power and phones. Report outages.

· Check dogs, poultry and pets.

· Check on neighbours - do they need help or can they help you?

· Check buildings at risk, feed stacks. · Use generators if necessary to keep pumps, refrigeration, electric fences and household appliances running. Flood pumps may need attention. 

 

Further information:

https://www.dairynz.co.nz/business/adverse-events/flood/

https://beeflambnz.com/news-views/topics/flooding

MPI Animal welfare 

 

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