Cyclone Gabrielle Resources 

New advice available on silt management and “do I need a resource consent?”.
HortNZ have put together these resources to help you navigate the processes around silt management and if you need a resource consent for certain remedial works following cyclone Gabrielle.

Infomation factsheet – Download here

Guidelines for removal of silt – Download here

Hawkes Bay Chamber of Commerce
Cyclone and Flood Recovery Fund Application Details.

New Zealand Government
Cyclone and Flood Recovery for Businesses – Find out more here

BRI Factsheet:
How lessons learned in the vineyard from Cyclone Bola can help deal with the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle

BRI has created a factsheet on how lessons learned in the vineyard from Cyclone Bola can help deal with the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle, available here.

Some remediation and recovery approaches applied with Bola are relevant with damage experienced with Cyclone Gabrielle. This fact sheet aims to provide grape growers with practical information and approaches regarding the recovery.

NZW has a dedicated flood response page on their website to collate critical resources.

MPI has a flood response guidance for the primary sector.

Also see Recovering from Cyclone Gabrielle in Hawke’s Bay.

MPI administered Cyclone Recovery Grant
Details and application form here. Or freephone 0800 00 83 33 if you have no internet access.

Viticulture Consultancy Service
NZWG and HBWG have sourced funding from MPI to undertake field inspection by specialist Viticulture advisors of flood impacted vineyards and to help members with situation specific advice. Field visits started yesterday, and it is clear from these initial visits that this is a valuable resource to help you develop a plan and access services. The service will prioritise those vineyards that have crop to harvest this vintage but will move through to remediation strategies for those vineyards looking to future vintages.

This service is free and you can register here Please return completed form asap to

Rural Support Trust Business Advisory Grants
We have clarified the position of eligibility and can confirm impacted members can apply for a grant of $5,000-$6,000 to get specialist business advice (accountant, consultant etc) to help you plan your way forward. Applications currently take a week to turn around, but RST are expecting a significant surge as the pastoral sector comes on line. For more information click here.

Register for help required with Hawkes Bay Winegrowers – email
Dealing with waste from Cyclone Gabrielle
The Hawkes Bay Regional Council has identified a number of waste types and these will need to be dealt with in different ways. See information for grape growers regarding removal of posts and wires here.

UPDATED: Hastings District Council Rural Update – 13th March.
Downoad here

Cyclone Support Directory

All the support you need in one place – Click here

Applications now open for farmer and grower cyclone recovery grants
The Government is providing $25 million for recovery grants to help undertake urgent work, including on-farm repairs to water infrastructure for livestock and fencing and clearing silt to save fruit trees and vines.

Applications are now open. For further details including an application form, application checklist and a fact sheet, see here.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Emergency Relief
People in Hawke’s Bay who have been impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle can now apply for assistance from the Hawke’s Bay Disaster Relief Fund. The fund offers a maximum of $1,000 per property or $2,000 for organisations as one-off grants to alleviate hardship due to flooding, prolonged power outages and landslips. For the rural community, applications can be extended to provide some assistance for emergency funding requirements for livestock and disposal of dead stock.

Please read the fact sheet before making an application
You can apply online here

NZ Wine Community Flood Response Facebook group
The New Zealand wine community is a tight knit one, and we know there is a strong desire for members to help those who have been affected in the industry.

A NZ Wine Community Flood Response Facebook group has been created to connect those that need help with those that can provide it. It is open to members of NZ Winegrowers, as well as stakeholders and service providers of the NZ wine industry.

Health & wellbeing resources:
1737 – Free to call or text for help if you are feeling anxious and stressed or 0800 787 254Rural Support Trust