Tuesday, 22 February 2022 11:20

Adverse event classified

Written by  Staff Reporters
An adverse event has been declared across the North Island in the aftermath of ex-tropical Cyclone Dovi. An adverse event has been declared across the North Island in the aftermath of ex-tropical Cyclone Dovi.

Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor has classified severe weather that left a trail of damage across the North Island as a medium-scale adverse event.

“We’re making $200,000 available for local Rural Support Trusts and Mayoral Relief Funds to use to help recovery efforts in Taranaki, Wairarapa, and the Waitomo district,” O’Connor says.

“The Ministry for Primary Industries is working closely with sector groups and other agencies to continue assessing the extent of storm damage and shift towards recovery efforts.”

O’Connor says the funding will help farmers and growers facing a huge clean-up effort after ex-tropical Cyclone Dovi passed through.

"In Taranaki, where storms struck twice within a week, bridges and more than 100 culverts have been damaged, which will require heavy diggers to repair.

"In the Waitomo District floodwaters swept through two valleys, damaging fences and depositing silt over farms. In the Wairarapa, as many as 30 arable farms have been affected by flooding, damaging barley, wheat, peas, squash, and maize crops.”

The funding is designed to help speed the recovery of farming businesses, and includes wellbeing support and specialist technical advice.

It also enables the use of Enhanced Taskforce Green workers, should they be required.

“We will continue to assess whether further support is needed as the full extent of the storm damage becomes more apparent over the coming weeks,” O’Connor says.

Farmers needing help to manage feed shortages are encouraged to contact their levy body, such as DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand, or Federated Farmers. Horticulture NZ, and the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) are on hand to provide support to impacted growers.

Support for North Island farmers follows classification of severe flooding on the West Coast and Top of the South as a medium-scale event, unlocking $200,000 of Government support for farmers and growers there.

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