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46 year old community sustains severe damage from cyclone Gita

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Raising funds to help restore the natural beauty to Marahau Valley Farm Community and ensure the safety of its residents.

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Marahau Valley Farm Community is a co-operative community on the southern boundary of the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park. We have 10 families, some with children, and numerous visitors- who value living with each other, the environment, and the chance to live sustainably.

With the 350mm downpour which Ex-Cyclone Gita brought us, we were going through near apocalyptic events that have left us shaken. Our community land and livelyhoods were severely damaged from massive slips, on steep terrain, below an area which has been commercially logged. These slips brought down with them many cut pine logs, stumps and general debris which wiped out large sections of native bush as they carved out a new path to the valley floor- which has endangered numerous houses. It also brought with it unimaginable amounts of silt/sand/gravel with it, creating a up to a 2-metre blanket over roads, carparks, orchards/ gardens and farmland- with the permanant loss of two grazing paddocks, .

We are incurring large expenses to repair heavy damage in relation to: access roads, retaining walls protecting houses, river redirection, debris removal, replacement water supply, grey water systems, fencing, future legal costs, etc

Some of our residents carry insurance and EQC claims are in process, however it is very unlikely this will be sufficient for all community repairs. Due to safety concerns- some residents are questioning the viability that they can remain here. We are hoping to raise funds to help restore our community to the beautiful/ peaceful place it was before the cyclone.

Please note that our fundraising target is likely to change as more expenses are realised during cleanup & restoration.

One News, 21 feb 2018

RNZ checkpoint, 28 feb 2018

One News, 01 mar 2018

Gita slip, 20 feb 2018

Logjam lets go, 20 feb 2018

Use of funds:

Funds will be used for various expenses in relation to the cleanup, restoration of the land, and the safety of those who live there (as outlined above).

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Marahau Valley Farm Community

Nelson / Tasman

Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of Marahau Valley Farm Community.
“We hope things are coming right. We’re sorry to know that you and your community were so hard hit. xo”
“wish I could give more but if we all give a little.... best wishes friends x x x”
“All the best”
“Live long!!! This place is a nursery for magic and eye-to-eye love making. May it remain so, through the ups and the not-so-ups.”
“Hope my small contribution could be some help.”
“kia kaha! big love”
“Much love dear Vasumi and family. May these new seeds let the land and community flourish again”
“I hope to return to help out in person....”
“Sending Love”
“Sending so much love to you all. Looking forward to being able to come and put my hands in the garden and help out in person <3”
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  Closed This cause page was created on 01 Mar 2018 and closed at 23:59 NZST (UTC +12:00) on 28 Aug 2018.

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