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46 year old community sustains severe damage from cyclone Gita

  • $2,204.00 donated
  • 28 generous donors

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 https://facebook.com/1NEWSNZ/videos/10155191822916218

RNZ checkpoint, 28 feb 2018 https://radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/2018634107/marahau-asks-hard-questions-about-the-future-of-logging

One News, 01 mar 2018 https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/families-risk-houses-tasman-residents-ask-tighter-forestry-controls-after-homes-ruined-gita

Gita slip, 20 feb 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfA3lxrRNbs

Logjam lets go, 20 feb 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTypB4-6MAc


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

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Nelson / Tasman

Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of Marahau Valley Farm Community.

  • $2,204.00 donated
  • 28 generous donors

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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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