Friday, 17 November 2023 16:55

Community resilience shines

Written by  Staff Reporters
A recent community-led event in Ruatoria provided aid for farmers and communities still grappling with the aftermath of Cyclones Hale and Gabrielle. A recent community-led event in Ruatoria provided aid for farmers and communities still grappling with the aftermath of Cyclones Hale and Gabrielle.

A recent community-led event in Ruatoria provided aid for farmers and communities still grappling with the aftermath of Cyclones Hale and Gabrielle.

Nine months after the two cyclones made landfall, rural communities along the East Coast are still working hard to bring some form of normality to their families, land and businesses.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) Mātanga Whenua Māori advisor Pania King, in collaboration with the Rapid Relief Team (RRT), Ngāti Porou Runanganui and Oranga, and Indevin NZ led the East Coast community event in Ruatoria last week (10 November) for farmers and communities impacted by Cyclones Hale and Gabrielle.

The event provided the resources needed to help with recovery from many sponsors to aid those facing challenges in the rebuilding process and also featured a barbecue kai, a bouncy castle, sweet treats, health checks, and specialist advice.

B+LNZ Mātanga Whenua Māori advisor, Pania King says it was important for this event to not only address the immediate needs but also the overall wellbeing of the community.

“We had over 200 impacted farmers and community members attend the event where we celebrated our resilience as a community whilst also acknowledging there is a lot of mahi still to be done,” says King.

“The event was driven from the ground up by wanting to offer real value and solutions to those in need. That’s why it was fantastic that we were able to offer tangible resources like fencing materials, floodgates, water pumps and water tanks.

“We are grateful to the sponsors who made it all possible and the behind-the-scenes team who worked so hard to make it happen,” she says.

The event was sponsored by B+LNZ, RRT Rapid Relief Team, Indevin NZ, NIWE, Ngāti Porou Runganui, Ngāti Porou Oranga, Coates Associates LTD, BDO Gisborne, Radio Ngāti Porou, Air Ruatoria, FMG, Ravensdown, Ballance Fertiliser, Fergus Rural, Headline Ballance st, Property Brokers, H Blackbee Contractors EC, PGG Wrightson, Thinkwater Gisborne.

More like this

Off the radar

A year on and the problems created by Cyclones Hale and Gabrielle has largely dropped off the radar of media and politicians.

Featured

Viability of farming questioned

People are starting to question the viability of sheep and beef farming as profitability in that sector falls to one of its all-time lows, according to Federated Farmers board member and Gisborne sheep and beef farm, Toby Williams.

Zespri's net profit down $60m

Kiwifruit exporter and marketer Zespri has reported a $60 million drop in net profit, mainly driven by reduced licence revenue from lower pricing per hectare than 2022/23.

UAE FTA welcome news

The dairy and red meat sectors have welcomed news that New Zealand will begin formal negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

National

Flock House and its secrets

Plans are in place to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the legendary Flock House opening its doors for the first…

$160 billion cargo shipment deal

New Zealand’s major primary industry exporters have secured shipping capability to export $160 billion worth of products over the next…

Play by the rules

Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says the Government is always working to ensure that our food exporters are treated…

Machinery & Products

GPS in control

In a move that will make harvesting operations easier, particularly in odd-shaped paddocks, Kuhn has announced that GPS section control…

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

True colours

OPINION: The watermelon party (AKA the Greens) try to portray themselves as an upright, self-righteous, caring bunch of woke, bicycle-riding…

Peace at last?

OPINION: Good news for hunters as Forest & Bird have "paused" legal action against the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation and agreed…

» Connect with Rural News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter