Image: Flooded properties in the Nelson region of New Zealand on Friday. Days of rain have led to more than 1,200 people being displaced. Photograph: Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter/Reuters
Te Taumata would like to mihi all our Te Tai Tokerau and Whakatu members who are battling this storm and its ongoing warpath. We know hundreds are still without power, safe homes and will now struggle to rebuild their livelihoods after being hit with flooding of this scale.
We stand in solidarity with you for today, tomorrow and however long it will take to get roads open, slips cleared, and damage remedied – He waka eke noa, we are all in this together.
For the most accurate assessments follow your region’s Civil Defence Emergency Management Facebook page for updates.
Care packages for the far north are being coordinated by Kiri from Te Kahu o Taonui (021 420 257) and Lorraine from Te Ātiawa Trust (0800 284 292) is collecting on behalf of Te Tau Ihu whānau.
Ngā mihi nui,
Chris Karamea Insley.