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Council grateful for government assistance

Published: Tue 12 Jun 2018 12:32 PM
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Release date: 12/06/2018
Council grateful for government assistance following flooding
Gisborne’s mayor Meng Foon says it is a huge relief to have government support following the weather bomb event that caused widespread flooding and damage to parts of the East Coast last week and this week.
This morning Ministers Damien O’Connor and Meka Whaitiri announced it was being deemed a “medium scale adverse event” following a formal request for support from Council. This has triggered much needed financial support for the region.
“We are grateful to the minister and government for supporting the region. We have a lot of work to do in terms of keeping the community safe, repairs to bridges and roads and clearing of forestry slash,” Mayor Foon said.
“We appreciate that this immediate response from the government will lighten the burden on our community and help us to get on with the work that needs to be done. We are resilient – our residents and farmers are doing their best to manage but in terms of the large to medium-scale impact, the assistance is welcomed.
“I would also like to acknowledge the quick response from our local Minister Meka Whaitiri and MP Kiri Allan in coming to the district to view first-hand the devastation at the coal face and also the Minister for Civil Defence the Hon Kris Faafoi who is visiting today.”
The clean-up operation has been exacerbated by more heavy rain and high winds overnight, resulting in more road closures and flooding around the district.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there would be discussions in cabinet about the issue of forestry slash.
"That's a wider issue that ministers are doing work on as we speak, and I think Minister Jones has made it really clear and rightly so that the priority has to be that we get the clean-up done, but we have to look at whether we are planting the right tree in the right place."
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