28 February 2024

City council starts campaign to support Auckland rebuild from Cyclone Gabrielle

Hamilton City Council has pledged support for Auckland Tāmaki Makaurau in their efforts to recover and rebuild, following flooding and damage from Cyclone Gabrielle that hit the region earlier this month.

Local Government New Zealand has established an ‘Adopt a Community’ campaign to support the 11 councils who declared a state of emergency during Cyclone Gabrielle.has been paired with Auckland to provide additional support by raising funds to assist with their recovery efforts.

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Hamilton Council is fundraising for Tāmaki Makaurau (Supplied/HCC)

As part of this initiative, Hamilton has been paired with Auckland to provide additional support by raising funds to help fund their local clean-up and recovery efforts.

“We want to show as much support as possible to our northern neighbours as they recover from not just Cyclone Gabrielle, but multiple disasters which have already severely and tragically impacted them this year,” says Mayor Paula Southgate.

“We have provided staff and other support already over the last few weeks, but we want to go further – and help provide as much financial support as we can – as this is what’s needed now in their long road to recovery.”

This initiative has been welcomed by Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown and has thanked Mayor Southgate and Hamiltonians for the pledge of “support and generosity.”

Hamilton City Council is rolling out a campaign to promote the fund raising efforts and is urging everyone to ‘dig deep’.

“Times are tough for all of us, but if you’re in a position to donate, I would encourage you to consider it, as every dollar counts,” said Mayor Southgate.

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