‘Very helpful’ financial help available after region’s ‘medium scale adverse event’

The two floods over the past week have been classed as a “medium scale adverse event”, which means the region can ask for financial help.
Mayor Meng Foon has described the flood package announced by the Government yesterday as being “mainly in the welfare and investigation area to identify exactly what is needed and the sum of money that is needed”.
Mr Foon could not name a figure but said the package was ‘‘very helpful”.
“We have identified that cleaning up the slash will cost well over $10 million.
“It has very pleasing to have been in contact with Cabinet ministers, including Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri and other local MPs Anne Tolley and Kiri Allan.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there would be discussions in Cabinet about the issue of forestry slash.
“That’s a wider issue that ministers are doing work on as we speak, and I think Minister Jones has made it really clear, and rightly so, that the priority has to be that we get the clean-up done. But we have to look at whether we are planting the right trees in the right place.”
Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi visited Gisborne yesterday and said civil defence had been doing “a sterling job”.
Mr Faafoi said he had been in close contact with the Mayor to discuss any required ongoing support.
“Obviously things have moved (since the Government package was announced for last week’s storm) with what has happened in the last few hours or so."
It was too early to discuss needs after the latest storm.
Mr Faafoi said support offered to farmers “would have to be augmented after what we have seen today’’.
It was too early to see if the forestry industry would contribute to the package.
There had been more slash damage in the first storm.
But there could be ongoing discussions “given we have had two events in quick succession”.
Mr Foon said 40 roads were closed in the district and 23 bridges needed to be inspected.
“Some of the bridges have shifted up to a metre.”
Ten schools and 14 kindergartens were closed due to flooding or access difficulties.
“It is important to keep people safe.
“There are communities that were shut off like Mangatokerau and Te Karaka — the flood waters were above fence height.”
Mr Foon said about 600 households were still without power.
Eastland Network was “working hard”.
Mr Foon advises the public to go online to remain updated.
“Look after neighbours and don’t go rubber-necking.

Mr Foon thanked Downer, Fulton Hogan and small contractors for their work on roading and engineering issues.​

The two floods over the past week have been classed as a “medium scale adverse event”, which means the region can ask for financial help.
Mayor Meng Foon has described the flood package announced by the Government yesterday as being “mainly in the welfare and investigation area to identify exactly what is needed and the sum of money that is needed”.
Mr Foon could not name a figure but said the package was ‘‘very helpful”.
“We have identified that cleaning up the slash will cost well over $10 million.
“It has very pleasing to have been in contact with Cabinet ministers, including Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri and other local MPs Anne Tolley and Kiri Allan.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there would be discussions in Cabinet about the issue of forestry slash.
“That’s a wider issue that ministers are doing work on as we speak, and I think Minister Jones has made it really clear, and rightly so, that the priority has to be that we get the clean-up done. But we have to look at whether we are planting the right trees in the right place.”
Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi visited Gisborne yesterday and said civil defence had been doing “a sterling job”.
Mr Faafoi said he had been in close contact with the Mayor to discuss any required ongoing support.
“Obviously things have moved (since the Government package was announced for last week’s storm) with what has happened in the last few hours or so."
It was too early to discuss needs after the latest storm.
Mr Faafoi said support offered to farmers “would have to be augmented after what we have seen today’’.
It was too early to see if the forestry industry would contribute to the package.
There had been more slash damage in the first storm.
But there could be ongoing discussions “given we have had two events in quick succession”.
Mr Foon said 40 roads were closed in the district and 23 bridges needed to be inspected.
“Some of the bridges have shifted up to a metre.”
Ten schools and 14 kindergartens were closed due to flooding or access difficulties.
“It is important to keep people safe.
“There are communities that were shut off like Mangatokerau and Te Karaka — the flood waters were above fence height.”
Mr Foon said about 600 households were still without power.
Eastland Network was “working hard”.
Mr Foon advises the public to go online to remain updated.
“Look after neighbours and don’t go rubber-necking.

Mr Foon thanked Downer, Fulton Hogan and small contractors for their work on roading and engineering issues.​

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