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Central Hawke's Bay Mayoral Relief Flood Response Fund opens

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Central Hawke’s Bay Mayor Alex Walker has today announced a Mayoral Relief Flood Response Fund, to help Central Hawke’s Bay people and communities affected by Cyclone Gabrielle.

“Across the thousands of people affected by this unprecedented event, we know there are many people who specifically want to donate to the response efforts in Central Hawke’s Bay, and this fund enables that”, says Mayor Alex Walker. 

“We know that people are concerned about our most hit communities from these floods – including Pōrangahau, Waipawa and our isolated rural communities. Donating money to the fund will help communities in the best way we can at this time”.

People or organisations wanting to donate to the Mayoral Relief Flood Response Fund can visit any Central Hawke’s Bay Library or the CHBDC Customer Service Centre (for cash or eftpos donations) or make online deposits to Central Hawke’s Bay District Council’s ANZ account 01-0777-0038665-000, with reference “Relief”. Please note that Donations made to the Mayoral Relief Fund will not qualify for a charitable donation rebate.

Information on how residents can apply to the fund, including eligibility criteria will be released in the coming days. To keep up to date with the latest on the response and to find other ways that people can support the Flood response effort – including volunteering and offers of support, please head to our website  and search ‘cyclone gabrielle relief’.


Media Contact 
Doug Tate, Chief Executive, Central Hawke's Bay District Council  | T 06 857 8060 | M 027 422 9977
For direct quotes contact Mayor Alex Walker I M 027 860 7752

Editors Notes:
There are multiple other ways that people can support the response effort in Central Hawke’s Bay:
Head to ‘Volunteer in Central Hawke’s Bay’ on Facebook
A dedicated Facebook page has been established to connect those wanting to volunteer directly with those who need help and assistance. Head to Facebook and search ‘volunteer in Central Hawke’s Bay’ to post the services you can provide or to ask for help and support.
Head to the Volunteer Hub
A local volunteer hub has been established by community in Waipawa. Head to the top of Bibby Street in Waipawa to register your help.
Donations of Food and Baking
Donations of baking, cooked food and sandwiches to feed isolated rural communities and our incredible team of volunteers and service workers, we can use these any time! They can be dropped to the Central Hawke's Bay Municipal Theatre on Kenilworth Street in Waipawa.
Donate to the Hawke’s Bay Disaster Relief Trust
Hawke’s Bay Mayors have reactivated the regional Disaster Relief Trust, making it easy for people from anywhere in New Zealand to donate to the region’s Cyclone Gabrielle recovery effort. Set up for the same purpose during the 2020 droughts, Hawke’s Bay’s Mayors and Regional Council Chair have reactivated the Trust so that people can give knowing their donations will be spent on the most urgently needed support for the people and communities who need it most.
People wanting to donate can do so to the Hawke’s Bay Disaster Relief Trust is 02-0700-0010824-002.



20 February 2023

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