National Transition Period - Cyclone Gabrielle

Thursday 16 Mar - last updated 9:35 am

The State of National Emergency that was declared due to Cyclone Gabrielle has ended.

A National Transition Period is in place covering the Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Tairāwhiti and Hawke's Bay regions and the Tararua, Masterton, Carterton and South Waikato districts.

A national transition period enables a seamless transition from the emergency response phase to the recovery stage. It provides local Civil Defence teams with the powers they may need during the early stages of the recovery, such as clearing roads and disposing of dangerous materials. The national transition period also enables remedial works to be carried out, for example to restore access to cut-off properties or make temporary infrastructure repairs.

Local updates

Local updates are being provided by Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups.  

Cyclone Gabrielle - What support is available

Information about the various support available to those affected by Cyclone Gabrielle is available in the Cyclone Gabrielle All-of-Government welfare factsheet. This factsheet has been translated and is available in alternate formats.

Cyclone Gabrielle - Welfare Support Grant

Information and guidance to organisations wishing to make an application for a Cyclone Gabrielle Welfare Support Grant.

This page includes: 

  • Eligibility criteria for organisations.
  • Eligibility criteria for costs that can be met by a Grant.
  • A list of eligible and ineligible costs.

Cyclone Gabrielle - Welfare Support Grant

Cyclone Gabrielle - Solid Waste Management Fund

Information on funding available to support councils with the management of residential solid waste resulting from Cyclone Gabrielle.

This page includes: 

  • Eligibility criteria for organisations.
  • Eligibility criteria for costs that can be met by the Fund.
  • Conditions on pariticipating in the Fund.
  • Guidance on seeking reimbursement from NEMA.

Cyclone Gabrille - Solid Waste Management Fund

Temporary Accommodation Service

Temporary Accommodation Service has been activated following Cyclone Gabrielle, to support people in:

  • Te Tai Tokerau/ Northland Region
  • Waikato Region
  • Tairāwhiti/ Gisborne Region
  • Te Moana a Toi/ Bay of Plenty Region
  • Te Matau-a-Māui/ Hawke’s Bay Region
  • Tararua District

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment also remains active in Tāmaki Makaurau/ Auckland. If you need help finding somewhere to live while your home is repaired or rebuilt, their coordinators can connect you to services and resources to help get you back on your feet.
Visit www.tas.mbie.govt.nz/cyclone-flooding or call 0508 754 163 (Mon-Fri: 8:30am-5pm, Sat/Sun: 9am-5pm).

Support available for Auckland and where you can get help

Information about what support is available for Auckland and where you can get help is provided in the All-of-government welfare factsheet. This factsheet has also been translated and is available in alternate formats.

Put safety first. Don’t take any chances. Stay out of flood water

Do not try to walk, play, swim, or drive in floodwater: even water just 15 centimetres deep can sweep you off your feet, and half a metre of water will carry away most vehicles. Flood water is often contaminated and can make you sick.

Keep children away from flood waters. It is not safe for them.

If you come in contact with floodwater, thoroughly clean hands, clothes and any property touched.

If your property has been damaged, please take pictures for your insurance company and contact them as soon as you can

Help others if it is safe to do so, especially people who may require special assistance.

More information about what to do before, during and after a flood is available at getready.govt.nz/en/emergency/floods

How to help affected communities

Civil Defence Groups across the motu are encouraging those who can help to make monetary donations directly to relief funds. This is the most useful way to support affected communities and it means organisations can provide what is really needed to those affected.

If you would like to provide financial support to the communities affected by Cyclone Gabrielle, you can donate to mayoral relief funds.

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