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Immediate assistance needed for those who have lost their homes and their livelihoods.

Hawke's Bay

The impact of Cyclone Gabrielle is immeasurable and has disproportionately impacted the horticultural community. Large numbers of people have experienced trauma, lost their homes, their jobs and their livelihoods. This is a lifechanging event for many.

The Hawke's Bay Fruitgrowers' Charitable Trust is setting up a fund to provide assistance to those in need. All contributions will be used to address immediate needs and to provide longer term pastoral care to assist in getting people back on their feet.

We need your help.

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About us

HBFA Charitable Trust https://register.charities.govt.nz/Charity/CC20811

Was established in 2008 to support the Hawke's Bay Fruitgrowing community.

Use of funds

Funds will be used to assist with the clean up, to get people into temporary accommodation, and provide ongoing pastoral support.

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Latest update

Technical Support for Growers  9 March 2023

The cyclone hit at the worst possible time for most of our region's growers. They had trees laden with fruit and had already incurred all the costs associated with getting through to harvest.

The damage caused is now creating some extremely complex decisions for growers to make as they consider the feasibility of saving trees and removing debris from their properties. There is so much uncertainty (and huge cost) to navigate.

A “flood taskforce” has been assembled with representation from technical experts from across the industry. This group has been developing technical advice as well as visiting orchards to assist with developing bespoke strategies for land owners. Initial work has been done “pro-bono” but this is clearly not sustainable.

With your support our Charitable Trust has agreed to underwrite an amount of $50K to ensure the continuity of this time critical work. We have also lodged an application with the government which we hope will unlock funding to enable a longer term strategy to be developed. We don't want cost to prevent growers from getting the advice they need - they have enough on their plate at the moment.

Thanks again for your support.

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