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


Recovery team goes back to the government for help

For immediate release

Recovery team goes back to the government for help

Gisborne’s flood recovery team will ask Government to reconsider last week’s decision not to provide financial assistance to flood-stricken growers and land-owners.

Recovery manager John Clarke says that the flooding of the past three days has put pressure on newly-planted crops, caused widespread surface flooding and saturated the ground. High winds added to the problems.

“If the Labour Weekend flood event left a hole in the region’s economy, the rain over the past four days has widened that hole into a drop-out.

“A lot of the crops replanted after the Labour Weekend flooding will have suffered further damage. And the window of opportunity for replanting will be lost completely this time. It will simply be too late.”

In the past three days between 200 and 250mm of rain fell in the hillcountry north of Gisborne with the highest 305mm inland from Tolaga Bay.

On the Gisborne Flats, up to 160mm fell with 200mm at Te Karaka where residents were put on standby to evacuate last night because of rising river levels.

“We will be going back to the Government to put our case again. Agriculture Minister Jim Anderton said the Government wanted to hear from us if circumstances changed. Our view is that circumstances have definitely changed. I will need to be convinced that the two events combined are not an event of national significance or that the region can reasonably be expected to recover on its own.

“This time around I will want assurances from Government that any request for assistance will be viewed positively. I don’t think it’s fair to ask growers to provide further details nor is it fair for us to put huge effort into our request, for them to string a response out for five weeks and then tell us ‘no’.

“This time, it is not just the severe financial impact of the flooding. The mental effect on landowners and growers can’t be underestimated. For that reason it’s important we get some clear direction sooner rather than later.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>


Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>


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. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. 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>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election