Council media releases February 2023
State of Emergency extended for seven days
Around 15 homes in Mangapapa evacuated or self-evacuated after heavy downpours caused flooding.
Water Update – Matawhero and Manutuke supplied on Tuesday
A slight change to the restrictions on Gisborne city’s water supply today mean some small businesses can now operate
Thank you for the help
Volunteers have given thousands of hours and $134,604.25 has been raised for the Disaster Relief Trust in Tairāwhiti so far.
Precautionary evacuation of Tokomaru Bay underway
The incoming rain tonight brings a risk of failure to a debris dam upstream of the township.
Ministerial inquiry into log slash a welcome relief
The two-month inquiry will cover Tairāwhiti and Wairoa.
Where to dump your silt - open tomorrow
Two disposal sites for silt open tomorrow - click here for locations.
Waikanae and Midway beaches are closed
Waikanae and Midway beaches are closed until the extreme danger of woody debris is removed.
Financial donations best way to help
The best way to donate is by making a financial donation to the Disaster Relief Trust so we can match the specific needs of our residents.
Search and Rescue touch down to hear "everyone's ok"
“We didn’t know what we were flying into or what they had in the way of supplies.“ Search and Rescue police constable Tina Zabern.
Please stay off the beaches
Tairāwhiti Civil Defence asks everyone to stay off beaches as piles of wood and large logs reach up to two metres high in some places.
If you want to help - here's where to donate
Anyone who wants to help recovery efforts in Tairāwhiti can donate directly to the Disaster Relief Trust.
Silt removal - please wear a mask
Dry silt poses a health risk as it’s likely to contain faecal matter and other contaminants that could become airborne.
What red and yellow stickers mean on properties
Red or yellow stickers indicate that a house has suffered severe (red) or moderate (yellow) damage.
Water crisis continues – conservation still needed
We must continue to reduce their water use to an absolute minimum for at least the next couple of days.
The latest from Civil Defence
As connections and utilities slowly come back online, cash remains the most sought-after currency in the district.
$1 million available for disatser relief in Tairāwhiti
Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty has confirmed a $1 million injection into Tairāwhiti’s Mayoral Relief Fund.
Day five - focus on those still isolated
Starlink satellite connections are being sent to rural police stations to reconnect our rural areas
Resupply of region underway
A short-term solution to bring essential supplies into the region has started today.
Water demand exceeds supply -- please conserve!
Residents in Tairāwhiti are being asked to limit water and power use, and a $40 cap has also been applied to all fuel purchases.
Gabrielle leaves chaos in wake
Tairāwhiti continues to have no internet or cell connection, there is a water crisis, all state highways remain closed and all schools closed until Monday.