Applications to the Central Hawke’s Bay Mayoral Relief Fund will close from 31 August 2023 and the remaining $20,000 will be distributed to local support trusts dedicated to helping Central Hawke’s Bay rebuild.
At Thursday’s public meeting, Central Hawke’s Bay District Councillors agreed, five months on from the cyclone, the time was right to close the fund. They also agreed to distribute the remaining funds to the East Coast Rural Support Trust ($10,000) to provide ongoing support to those impacted by the cyclone, and to the Rotary River Pathways Trust ($10,000) to help repair the districts pathways and bridges.
Since the fund was established five months ago, $569,867 has been distributed to households, businesses and clubs affected by Cyclone Gabrielle.
Councillor Pip Burne, one of the councillors on the panel administering the fund, said, “Over 300 applications have been approved over the past five months to assist those hit by the cyclone in our community with property repairs, loss of food and income, and additional support like alternative accommodation.
“Thank you to everybody that has generously donated. It’s been heart breaking to read some of the applications coming in, but it’s also been heart-warming to see the funds come in from right across New Zealand.”
Central Hawke’s Bay Mayor Alex Walker also thanked those that generously donated, “It’s been amazing to see the support out there for our community, from groups, households and businesses from all around the country. The councils of Central Otago and Queenstown also continue to support us via the awesome LGNZ Adopt-a-Council initiative. The pain for many households in Central Hawke's Bay continues and I will consider further rounds of applications to the Mayoral Fund as more support becomes available. It's important for everyone in our community to know that there are many avenues for support and I encourage people to continue to reach out for help if they need it."
To apply to the fund before 5pm 31 August visit: https://www.chbdc.govt.nz/our-council/mayoral-relief-flood-response-fund/.
Following 31 August, support will still be available through the Hawke’s Bay Disaster Relief Fund and other funds. People that have been impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle, requiring financial assistance are encouraged to contact the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council on 06 857 8060.
22 August 2023
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