Kia ora and welcome to the Hīkina Wairarapa – Wairarapa Recovery website. This site brings together information and resources for individuals and communities across Wairarapa impacted by natural hazards.
Our current recovery response
Over the course of 12-13 February 2023, Wairarapa was struck by Cyclone Gabrielle, a tropical cyclone that caused widespread damage to regions across the North Island, with nine regional states of emergency declared.
Eastern and coastal communities in Wairarapa were hit, with some communities experiencing severe flooding and slips, damage to farm equipment, pastures and fencing, and stock losses. Several communities were cut off, and damage in our rural sector saw some families evacuating their homes.
On this site you will find:
- Wairarapa Mayoral Relief Fund
- Other financial support available
- How to deal with damaged buildings
- Health and wellbeing support
- How you can help
- How to contact your council
Te Whai Āwhina
If you were affected by Cyclone Gabrielle, there are a number of ways to access financial and wellbeing support.
Mayoral Relief Fund
The Relief Fund is to support affected individuals, families, community organisations, businesses, and marae. Read more about the criteria and how to apply.
Business Recovery Grant
If your business has been impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle, you may be able to get a grant from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
Other Financial Support
There are other grants and payments available from Civil Defence and Central Government.
Health and Wellbeing Support
Anxiety is very common during an emergency event, see more about where to get support.
Te Āhua o Tō Āwhina
How You Can Help
Make a Donation
The three Wairarapa mayors have set up a relief fund in response to the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle. Funding is open to anyone across Wairarapa who has been impacted by Gabrielle.
If you would like to contribute directly to the fund, donations can be made to:
Masterton District Council Westpac Account
Masterton District Council is also accepting cash donations at its offices at 161 Queen Street.
See more information about other Mayoral Relief Funds across the North Island.
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Contact your Council
Masterton District Council
161 Queen Street, Masterton
27 Lincoln Road, Masterton
Phone: 06 370 6300
54 Queen Street, Masterton
Carterton District Council
28 Holloway Street, Carterton
Phone: 06 379 4030
50 Holloway Street, Carterton
South Wairarapa District Council
19 Kitchener Street, Martinborough
Phone: 06 306 9611
70 Fitzherbert Street, Featherston
89 Main Street, Greytown
PO Box 9, Carterton, 5743
This page brings together information and resources for individuals and communities across Wairarapa impacted by natural hazards.