Supporting community-led recovery
5 May 2023
Fortnightly update 5: New Zealand Disaster Fund
How we’re helping
Helping Puketapu families get back on their feet
When the Tutaekuri river burst its banks in February, the Puketapu community and surrounding rural areas, including Rissington, Omaranui, Waihau, Dartmoor, Puketitiri and Patoka were severely affected.
Our grant of $100,000 will support the work of the Puketapu School Parent League to help their community get back on its feet.
“Many families have lost everything – including their homes and businesses. Farmers in the community have experienced significant damage – large slips creating significant damage, huge amounts of fencing have been wiped out, not to mention the stock that has been lost.” Katrina Horrocks, Parent League member.
Families have had to relocate to temporary accommodation, with only a few donated household items. The Puketapu School Parent League set up a committee within a couple of days of the cyclone. They have been helping families to get back on their feet again, through clothing, furniture, appliances and financial assistance for utility bills and food.
“The financial assistance that the Red Cross is giving our League, is helping to fill the gaps for what donated goods and services haven’t been able to extend to.” says Katrina Horrocks.
Spreading kindness with the Kindness Collective
The Kindness Collective have received $100,000 to support their work within communities affected by the Auckland flooding and Cyclone Gabrielle.
Their work includes distributing winter clothing, food and toiletries, whiteware, baby essentials such as car seats, nappies and prams that were damaged, school supplies and uniforms for families that need it.
Helping volunteers and community hubs across Hawke’s Bay
We’ve awarded $50,000 to One Voice Community Services Trust to support volunteers and community hubs with clean up supplies.
“The funding we’ve received is 100% going towards the clean-up programme. We’re going around all of the community hubs across Hawke’s Bay to provide vouchers to help them through the clean-up process.” Lynsey Abbott, One Voice Community Services Trust.
Vouchers will go towards food, clothing, bedding, petrol, clean up gear and food.
“They’re over the moon, very cheerful.” says Lynsey Abbott.
Practical and emotional support after a traumatic event like Cyclone Gabrielle
As part of our commitment to response and recovery, our Psychological First Aid advisor has been providing training and support throughout badly affected areas.
Cyclone Gabrielle and the severe weather events earlier this year were traumatic events, and these courses offer a best practice approach to providing initial emotional and practical support for communities.
Over the last week, our Psychological First Aid (PFA) advisor has been working with local iwi to provide courses in Gisborne, Tologa Bay and Hicks Bay. “It was a fantastic weekend of PFA training in Gisborne and Tologa Bay. Such strong and empowered Aunties and open and willing learners” New Zealand Red Cross PFA Advisor.
Hastings getting prepared
Hastings District Council has received a grant of more than $339,000 to kit out two Civil Defence Centres with equipment so they can provide shelter for up to 600 people in the event of an emergency.
Council identified an immediate need to have resources to support the stand-up of two Civil Defence Centres, at Hastings Sports Centre and Flaxmere Community Centre.
“With climate change there is an increasing likelihood of events such as Cyclone Gabrielle and it’s important that we take the lessons and knowledge from this event and make good decisions for the future. My thanks to New Zealand Red Cross for accepting our request for this assistance.” Hastings Mayor, Sandra Hazlehurst.
By the numbers
Total committed funds: Approximately $4.2m
Total donations: $24m
|Partnership grants Programme||
Using support and enable grants to fund organisations who can make an impact supporting affected communities.
Entities supported so far include:
Total approximate spend $3.18m
Community Enable Grants approved: 10 grants
|Response and recovery Programme||
People trained in Psychological First Aid: 345 people in 24 courses.
Entities supported so far include:
|Total approximate spend $1.02m|
|Investment Programme||Preparing communities for future disasters and emergencies. This includes activities like community resilience workshops||Total spend $ -|
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Support our work
Our emergency management work is funded through the generosity of donors.
- $1 million grant to Hawke’s Bay Disaster Relief Trust from New Zealand Disaster Fund
- How our Red Cross Shops are helping after Cyclone Gabrielle
- New Zealand Disaster Fund reaches $15 million
- Psychological First Aid courses provide wellbeing support after Cyclone Gabrielle
- Delivering generators in the Far North
- Preparing for and responding to Cyclone Gabrielle
- Free mental health training for emergency-affected communities