Cyclone effects remain in Te Tai Rāwhiti

From Morning Report, 8:23 am on 14 February 2024

The effects of Cyclone Gabrielle are still being felt, and seen, every day around Te Tai Rāwhiti.

The torrential rain one year ago washed slash, the leftovers from forestry harvests, off the hillsides and down the raging rivers; washing away bridges, dislocating and isolating communities along the coast.

Residents lost power and communications, and could not be reached by officials for days.

But well-organised locals, primed by years of civil defence planning, rallied to check in on each other - to help everyone be housed, clothed, and fed.

Tolaga Bay health centre, Te Whare Hauora o Te Aitanga a Hauiti, has helped about 800 people in the last year.

Chief executive Rina Kerekere spoke to Corin Dann.