Helping those affected in this small rural community to find some relief after being affected by Cyclone Gabrielle
Te Karaka, Gisborne
In the early hours of Tuesday 14th Feb 2023,
500 Te Karaka residents self evacuated from their homes, gathering what they could and climbed the surrounding hills of Te Karaka.
They watched as their homes, work places, cars, school, Marae were flooded out.
They were stranded on the hills for 27 hours without any communication. Some risked their lives to go back to nearby houses for what food was left.
There are families left homeless after the devastation with no where to go.
There is a board who meet in Te Karaka weekly at the Waikohu Civil Defence Centre to discuss any matters concerning Te Karaka.
Once the funds have been received, we will work together as a board to distribute the funds where they are most needed.
Our whānau are from Te Karaka. Our whānau home on Paulson Road is next to the Waipaoa River. All houses down Paulson Road have been destroyed and are not liveable. Families are left homeless are are in need of support.
I have permission from the folks at Waikohu Civil Defence to receive the funds first before distributing them to the wider community.
Provided to Te Karaka families and Takipu Marae.
To aid in recovery, to buy emergency relief goods and to help restore the local economy and livelihoods.