Recovery needs survey to gauge assistance: Feds

PASTURE DAMAGE: Riverside paddocks throughout the Tolaga Bay-Whangara area were left strewn with debris. In some cases, the water flowed so fast it did not leave a lot of silt behind - just forest slash and logs. Picture by Liam Clayton
Farmers like Norm Thomas at Whangara have had to write off pasture for winter because of silt and forest debris across their flat land paddocks. Picture by Norm Thomas

The new Rural Co-ordination Group for Tairawhiti has initiated a survey to gauge individual recovery needs among farmers and other rural residents in the flood-struck Tolaga Bay-Whangara district.

The group comprises Federated Farmers, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Farming Women Tairawhiti, the Ministry of Primary Industries and Gisborne District Council’s Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM) team.

“We have all seen the pictures of the devastation caused by last weekend’s weather bomb rain event and resulting flooding,” said group chair Sandra Faulkner (provincial president of Federated Farmers).

“The group wants to complete an individual needs assessment survey and we urge the rural community in those affected areas to take part in it.

“Not just farmers, but everyone who has been affected.”

Mrs Faulkner said the survey link would be sent out via email to everyone currently listed on the databases operated by Federated Farmers, B+LNZ, and Farming Women Tairawhiti.

“Anyone who is not on those databases can contact either myself at 021 529 041, or contact the council’s CDEM team, to get directions on how to partake in the survey.

“We want the information and feedback from people affected so that we can best plan assistance for them going forward,” she said.

“We will have to wait a little while longer before was know exactly what assistance will be available.

“In the meantime, the rural community, as always, is doing its best to help itself,” she said.

The new Rural Co-ordination Group for Tairawhiti has initiated a survey to gauge individual recovery needs among farmers and other rural residents in the flood-struck Tolaga Bay-Whangara district.

The group comprises Federated Farmers, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Farming Women Tairawhiti, the Ministry of Primary Industries and Gisborne District Council’s Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM) team.

“We have all seen the pictures of the devastation caused by last weekend’s weather bomb rain event and resulting flooding,” said group chair Sandra Faulkner (provincial president of Federated Farmers).

“The group wants to complete an individual needs assessment survey and we urge the rural community in those affected areas to take part in it.

“Not just farmers, but everyone who has been affected.”

Mrs Faulkner said the survey link would be sent out via email to everyone currently listed on the databases operated by Federated Farmers, B+LNZ, and Farming Women Tairawhiti.

“Anyone who is not on those databases can contact either myself at 021 529 041, or contact the council’s CDEM team, to get directions on how to partake in the survey.

“We want the information and feedback from people affected so that we can best plan assistance for them going forward,” she said.

“We will have to wait a little while longer before was know exactly what assistance will be available.

“In the meantime, the rural community, as always, is doing its best to help itself,” she said.

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