The Government has announced it will provide at least
$100,000 towards a mayoral relief fund assisting
storm-affected Northland families.
Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye and Northland MP Mike Sabin
are today visiting affected areas in the Far North, while
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is travelling to the
Hikurangi area, where farms and orchards have been severely
hit by flooding.
Ms Kaye confirmed yesterday that the Ministry of Civil
Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) has liaised with the
Far North District Council, Kaipara District Council,
Whangarei District Council and Northland Regional Council to
establish a mayoral relief fund.
The Government will be contributing $100,000 in the short
term, with further assistance considered if needed, she said.
"There is currently welfare provision available for families
that have been affected, however, the mayoral relief fund
will enable other assistance for families who may need
support at this time." MCDEM will continue working with
representatives from the councils to ensure that assistance
is available for those who are experiencing financial
difficulties as a result of the storm.
An example of Government combining forces with local council
was the recovery centre opened at the Kawakawa Community Link
centre in Gillies St yesterday for people displaced from
their homes or seeking emergency assistance.
The agencies involved -- the Ministry for Social Development
(MSD), Work and Income and the Far North District Council --
were to decide late yesterday whether to operate the centre
for the rest of this week.
Council staff have also been working with MSD staff to access
about 120 flood damaged homes in the Moerewa area to
determine whether the homes are safe to reoccupy.
- By Christine Allen of the Northern Advocate