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

 


Mayoral Relief Fund to help those most in need

Mayoral Relief Fund to help those most in need


A Mayoral Relief Fund has been established to assist Whangarei District residents who have suffered hardship as a result of the July 2014 storm.

Earlier this week Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye visited Northland and pledged $100,000 of Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management funds to help meet the welfare needs of the region’s households affected by the storm.

Whangarei Mayor Sheryl Mai said that the bulk of the $100,000 allocation from Minister Kaye will go to the Far North where the immediate welfare needs are greater than ours.

“Whangarei’s $10,000 will be matched dollar for dollar by Council to boost the Fund’s reach, although that may still fall short of the amount the District needs.

Whangarei Mayor Sheryl Mai said that our communities are amazingly resilient and have coped very well so far.

“We have had teams out this week, assessing the welfare needs of those in the most affected areas and have found that most people are doing really well.”

“This fund is designed to provide a helping hand to people who are suffering real hardship,” she said.

People whose main place of residence is the Whangarei District will be able to apply to the Council for grants of up to $1000 to repair homes, replace damaged property or meet costs incurred as a result of the storm.

Priority will be given to people who have been unable to get financial help from other agencies, including Work and Income and insurance companies. In some situations grants above $1000 may be considered.

People struggling in the wake of last week’s storm can apply to the fund by contacting Council on 0800 932 463.

People wishing to make donations to the fund can do so at any BNZ branch, at Customer Services in Forum North or direct to the following bank account with the reference Mayoral Relief Fund: Whangarei District Council - BNZ 02-0492-00358315-000

More information is available at Council service centres or at www.wdc.govt.nz.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news