Cyclone recovery

During January and February 2023, Wairarapa was hit by two cyclones – Hale and Gabrielle, that impacted rural communities along the south and east coasts of the region.

The cyclones caused severe flooding and slips, with several communities cut off and families in the Tinui area evacuating their homes.

Following the initial response to the cyclones, a longer term recovery programme was established, involving local councils, support agencies and organisations in the rural sector.

Along with coordinating efforts across these organisations, the recovery programme has assisted in securing funding to support families and communities that were impacted.

It is also working with agencies and local communities on ways to better prepare for and better recover from future emergency events. This includes establishing community hubs in locations across the region.

Category 3 buy-out programme

Future of Severely Affected Land (FOSAL) voluntary buy-out and relocation programme options for people with Category 3 land.

Need support?

Find out what financial and wellbeing support is available if you were affected by Cyclone Gabrielle.

Community hubs in your area

In a disaster, the people you live nearest to will be your most immediate, and ongoing, source of support.

Latest cyclone recovery news

Read the latest news about cyclone recovery efforts and activities to build community resilience for future natural disasters.

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Contact your Council

Masterton District Council

161 Queen Street, Masterton
27 Lincoln Road, Masterton



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Phone: 06 370 6300



Carterton District Council

28 Holloway Street, Carterton



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Phone: 06 379 4030



South Wairarapa District Council

19 Kitchener Street, Martinborough



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Phone: 06 306 9611




Recovery Manager,
PO Box 444, Masterton, 5840

This page brings together information and resources for individuals and communities across Wairarapa impacted by natural hazards.