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For Tairāwhiti With Aroha

Council has launched a campaign called “For Tairāwhiti With Aroha” to bring some positive support to our region as we near the 1-year anniversary of Cyclone Gabrielle. Impacts from the cyclone are still being felt today, along with continued vulnerability of individuals, communities and infrastructure.


The campaign encourages people from Tairāwhiti to share their stories about what happened in the cyclone as well as to share their messages of support for others in the region. We’d also love it if people from across the country  shared messages of love and support.


The campaign is also looking for Tairāwhiti Superheroes. These could be people who went above and beyond during the storm and afterwards, people who supported individuals or communities or those who are still supporting people affected by the cyclone. Nominations close on Tuesday 16 January.


You can help share the aroha in the following ways:

  • Send your messages of aroha and support - visit, scroll down to 'post your story' and share.

  • Tell a story or share a memory about your experience during and after Cyclone Gabrielle.

  • Nominate a local superhero who stood out for you or your community during and following Cyclone Gabrielle.

  • Encourage someone you know to share their love and support/stories. 

Council is also producing a keepsake booklet that will include stories and photos with a timeline of the event we all went through. A copy will be delivered to every household in Te Tairāwhiti by 14 February 2024. Council is looking for volunteers to help with the delivery of the booklet. To register your interest please contact Sophie Rishworth at or call 0800 653 800 


Superhero Awards | Send your aroha | Participate (

Send your aroha | Participate (


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