A disaster relief fund has been set up by the Council following last week’s Kaiaua coast storm event.
The fund follows an overwhelming response from people wanting to donate money to help devastated coastal communities, including Kaiaua, Waharau, Whakatiwai and Pūkorokoro/Miranda, get back on their feet.
Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga says locals have shown incredible resilience and community spirit during and after the flooding but there is still a long road ahead. The fund is a practical way others who may wish to, can help.
“This area has experienced flooding before, but in all my years in Local Government and as Mayor I’ve never seen anything like this,” he said, “the coastline is completely changed. The sea has come in like a tsunami and just ripped through houses, properties and farmland. Some people have lost everything. It’s heart-breaking.”
The Mayor is contributing $2000 from his discretionary fund to kick things off and will be taking a recommendation to the Council for a further contribution. A proposal for support will also be put to Central Government following a visit from Minister of Civil Defence Kris Faafoi last Tuesday.
“The Minister was very impressed with the way Kaiaua coast communities have rallied together and helped each other through this but he also saw the devastation first-hand and how much work is still to be done. We’ve had some good conversations and we’ll continue to communicate over the coming weeks,” The Mayor said.
You can donate to the Kaiaua Coast Disaster Relief Fund:
- At any branch of the Westpac Bank
- Online banking
- Account Number: 03-0435-0768043-001
- Account Name: Kaiaua Disaster Relief Fund
- At any of our three Council Offices in Paeroa, Waihi and Ngatea
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