News | 17 February 2023
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Ways to show support for those affected by Cyclone Gabrielle

We are sending aroha to those impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle across the motu. This has been a damaging event and we are thinking of everyone affected.

If your heart is heavy after seeing the damage, the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) has provided tips on what you can do. Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.

Heart drawn in the sand.

1. Make a financial donation

Financial donations are the most useful thing but only donate what you can afford to give. These avenues will be set up through various mayoral relief funds. These tend to be a safe and trustworthy way to help alongside other reputable charities. 

Some genuine groups and organisations like local marae and community groups may be doing their own fundraising, but be cautious of individuals asking for money.

2. Get in touch with relevant volunteer groups

If you don’t have the means to donate but still want to help, you can! Larger organisations such as the Red Cross, Student Volunteer Army and other community organisations will be organising clean-up support and other measures once we have a clearer idea of what is going on. If this sounds like you, get in touch with the relevant groups to see how you can help.

3. Hold off on sending donated goods directly 

In most cases, donated goods with the absolute best intentions end up more of a hindrance than a help. Roads are impassable in many areas and more importantly, teams on the ground just don’t have the facilities, time, or people to sort through donations. Hold off on sending them directly. 

4. Pull together specific items to donate that locations need 

If you are hearing calls for specific items in an affected area and are close by (for example a local marae is asking the community for donations of bedding) and able to make that specific donation right away, that's all good, go ahead.

5. Stay in touch with friends and whānau 

Try to reach out to the people in your life that have been impacted. Ask them if there is anything they need help with, or just simply let them know that you are there for them if they need you. 

For more information, keep an eye on the WREMO website