The Tairāwhiti Recovery Office is well underway and working with partners.
What does recovery mean?
The Civil Defence and Emergency Act requires councils and CDEM groups to carry out recovery.
Recovery is one of the 4 ‘phases’ of disasters – reduction, readiness, response and recovery.
As we've come out of the response to Cyclone Gabrielle and are now in the recovery phase.
Recovery is essentially about the regeneration of a community following a disaster and is focussed on 4 key areas - community and social welfare, the built environment, the natural environment and economic recovery.
The key focus for the Tairāwhiti recovery
Is to support and encourage communities/iwi to be at the forefront of developing the priorities for recovery in their areas.
We'll assist with their planning where needed, and then put together an overarching regional plan based around the 4 focus areas. More than anything it’s also about ensuring we have resilience in any re-build efforts.
We're engaging with community leaders to work with them on developing priorities for recovery in their areas.
We're working closely with Trust Tairāwhiti looking at what’s needed in the economic recovery space. We're liaising with government departments to ensure work towards developing a regional recovery plan is aligned.
Phases for recovery planning
For our recovery planning, we are taking a phased approach.
Requested funding for recovery
In May, we asked ministers for the funding needed to recover after Cyclone Gabrielle.
Focusing on landslides, flooding, sediment, flora and fauna (kaimoana and mahinga kai), woody debris, water catchments.
Focusing on housing, critical infrastructure, roads, bridges, stopbanks, water supply and buildings.
Focusing on health, social support systems, education, welfare, wellbeing, housing.
Agencies involved in Tairāwhiti recovery:
- Te Runanga o Turanganui a Kiwa (TROTAK)
- Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou (TRONP)
- Ministry of Education
- Ministry of Social Development
- Te Whatu Ora
- Te Puna Waiora
- Te Puni Kokiri
- Ministry of Primary Industries
- Ministry of Urban Housing & Development
- Whaikaha – Ministry for Disabled People
- Department of Internal Affairs
- Trust Tairāwhiti
- Temporary Accomodation Service
- NZTA / Waka Kotahi
- MBIE - Kanoa
- Ministry for the Environment
For more information on what's happening
Advice and information on the clean-up and our local road network including bridges.