Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


No flood relief package a disappointment

24 November 2005

No flood relief package a disappointment

Cabinet’s decision today not to fund a full agricultural recovery package after Gisborne’s October flooding has disappointed its proponents. The Government has agreed to pay up to $25,000 as its share of a feasibility study on the establishment of flood protection measures in Tolaga Bay.

Recovery Team manager John Clarke says the many professionals involved in the recovery package proposal are saddened that their attempt on behalf of flood-affected growers and landowners was unsuccessful.

“There will be many disappointed growers and landowners who were hopeful the Government would provide further assistance.” Agriculture Minister Jim Anderton said today the scale of the flooding was not considered “significant enough to meet current criteria”. Further Taskforce Green help, rural assistance and New Start programmes, which assist people off their land to make a new start somewhere else, would be extended if required.

Mr Clarke said the New Start programme was probably the last thing Gisborne landowners wanted at the moment.

“My greatest concern is the current criteria which are wide enough to drive a horse and cart through. Cabinet is now only including events of national significance that are beyond the capacity of local communities to respond.

“We have endeavoured to show the flooding was of major significance, as was the Matata flooding which the Government poured millions of dollars into.

“Our only consolation is that the Minister has given an assurance that he wants to hear if there are any growers and landowners in severe financial difficulties at the end of the season. But that is of no immediate value to those affected.” In a press release, Mr Anderton said farming was vulnerable to a variety of weather events.

“Government aid has been provided on the basis that no regional economy is left devastated by serious weather events but the scale of the recent East Coast event is not considered significant enough to meet current criteria,” Mr Anderton said. Mr Clarke said the Recovery team had worked hard on behalf of those affected.

“If the proposal has done nothing else, it has prompted a major discussion between central and local government, the primary sector and land-based industries about risk management and government’s role in funding recovery for such events. “Unfortunately this discussion is at the expense of Gisborne and East Coast growers, landowners and the regional economy.”

The Taskforce Green project is to be reviewed in the next few weeks.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them.

Finally, yesterday’s announcement by the Ardern government that a new state agency will be set up to assess and plan the manned re-entry to the mine (on a set timetable) goes a long way to meeting the families’ remaining request: that they be enabled, if at all possible, to bury their loved ones. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election