Cyclone Gita Update 015 - Recovery moves on
The Tasman District is moving into recovery mode after cyclones Gita and Fehi.
Serious damage has been caused to large areas – and council scientists and NIWA continue assessments to give us greater understanding of the events. We’ve also appointed a recovery team to co-ordinate ongoing efforts to clean up and they have been exceptionally busy to date.
More than 600 welfare visits have been completed and more than 200 follow up visits to those most affected. 30 families are still actively being contacted.
633 residential buildings have been inspected resulting in eight red stickers and 14 yellow stickers, which restrict use of a property, and 14 section 124 notices have been issued under the Building Act as these buildings are unfit for use.
Seven meetings have been held with various communities and the council has worked with several agencies to get assistance to families and communities in need. The temporary accommodation service has been set up by MBIE. More meetings will be publicised soon.
After a massive effort by crews, most roads are open and infrastructure has been temporarily repaired. Contractors continue to work in Golden Bay, Riwaka Valley, Brooklyn Valley, Swamp Road Motueka Valley Road, Motueka West Bank and Marahau.
Arrangements have been made for collection of some silt and debris from some residential properties. The assessment of work required and the booking of the removal is being facilitated by Motueka Community Board member Barry Dowler on behalf of the Council. Property owners who wish to use this service can start the process by ringing the Council on 03 543 8400.
NZTA have made impressive progress with SH60. The Takaka Hill Road is open and functioning well, with convoys at 7.00am and 5.00pm and 8am to 5pm travel on Sundays. Work will continue on this road for several months. Their website, http://nzta.govt.nz is updated regularly.
The Tasman District Council is very aware of the effects on businesses, including horticultural and tourism sectors. Mayor Richard Kempthorne is actively seeking central government assistance and council is working with the Nelson regional Development Agency to measure the impact and work on options to allieviate it.
Key areas of focus
- Supporting Golden Bay businesses in their request for Government assistance to weather the impact of reduced tourism following Cyclone Gita
- Clearing silt and debris from public land; repairs to roads, bridges, streams and rivers in areas owned by the Council; infrastructure repairs
- Assessment of the scale of remaining debris, and damage to streams etc, on private land, with the aim of seeking an assistance package from the Government.
Now if you need help there are several options available to you:
Navigating the Recovery
We have established a dedicated group to oversee recovery and appointed several staff as ‘navigators’. Their role is to help guide those in extreme need through what can be a difficult time, and match these people up with other agencies who can help.
The navigator model was successfully used in Kaikoura following the 2016 earthquakes.
The Council has a policy allowing it to consider rates remissions for properties severely affected by a natural disaster. If your home or other buildings have been rendered uninhabitable and you cannot continue to use your land as a result of natural disaster, you may be eligible.
Rural Support Trust – a free service
Anyone in a rural area who feels they need support can also contact the Rural Support Trust for a confidential chat on 0800 787 254. The service is free.