February 2023

In this month's pānui, we provide updates on the Ngāpuhi Iwi collective response and first steps recovery plan for Cyclone Gabrielle.

Cyclone Gabrielle - Ngāpuhi Iwi Collective Response

“He moana pukepuke e ekengia te waka
A choppy sea can be navigated”

Ka Tika te Kōrero

In just over two weeks, Te Tai Tokerau has been through State of Emergency twice. Although the weather is starting to ease, we know many in our rohe have been affected or impacted by this weather.

You will find the following in this pānui:

  • Ngāpuhi Iwi Collective Response
  • First steps to recovery
  • Ngāpuhi Iwi Collective Planning
  • Ngāpuhi is here to tautoko
  • Radio Interview with Te Uri Reihana-Ngatote
  • Ngāpuhi Iwi Collective Givealittle
  • Photos from the past two weeks

Our thoughts and prayers are with all whānau throughout Aotearoa who have lost so much due to the floods and Cyclone Gabrielle. E mihi ana to all our emergency services that have helped our whānau to safety, to all marae that has helped and are still currently helping shelter our whānau.

If you are concerned about yourself or someone else, call us on 0800 KIA RITE or 0800 542 7483, or you can email thoon.referrals@ngapuhi.org and our team will help.

Ngāpuhi Iwi Collective Response

He mihi nūnui ki ngā ringa raupā me te whānau whānui o Ngāpuhi nui tonu

Since Cyclone Gabrielle hit marae, the community and whānau. THOON mobilised quickly to check in on the vulnerable and assess the damage. It was important how we, as TRAION, THOON, NISS in partnership with Takiwā, marae/whānau leaders, community partners, funders and supporters could get help to where it was desperately needed. We saw not only the horrific immediate damage the cyclone caused, but also the significant longer-term impacts on the housing and infrastructure that left many of our people to deal with frightening, week-long blackouts.

Our Kaiwhakahaere Tia Ashby says:

"Thankfully, we already had the bones of our approach ready to go from the COVID response so our call centre was activated the day the storm hit. We also had teams deliver preparedness packages as we knew that some whānau did not have equitable access to civil defence resources. To help deal with the broader issues across the motu and within our region, our 'Taki-O-Autahi' (National Call Centre) team, kaimahi, volunteers, marae, hāpu and NGO's worked in collaboration with Te Arawa, Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga and Whakarongorau so our manaaki and tautoko extended to whanaunga in the East coast where we can offer navigational and triage support to hauora services in their area.

We were also able to quickly stand up the Crisis Response Centre in Kaikohe and send out reconnaissance teams to check across Te Whare o Puhi to understand what help/awhi and tautoko our marae, takiwā and whānau needed"

Collaboration has been critical in these local efforts and we are eternally grateful to our different marae who stood up evacuation and support centres in their community, whānau leaders and our Iwi teams who rolled their sleeves up to pack and deliver kai and support packs for whānau.

Below are photos from some of our collective efforts, ngā mihi ki a:

  • Te Kotahitanga e Mahi Kaha Trust
  • Te Kona
  • Te Whatu Ora
  • MSD
  • Hato Hone
  • PGG Wrightsons Kaikohe
  • Bunnings Kaikohe
  • Kerikeri Water Supplies
  • New World Kaikohe
  • Swanie Nelson
  • Brown Butterbean BBM
  • NZ Defence Force
  • Civil Defence
  • And recently Sanitarium who have also jumped on board
  • Huakina Development Trust,
  • Papakura Marae,
  • Turuki Healthcare,
  • Te Ahiwaru
  • Te Ākitai Waiohua
  • Kōhanga Reo ki Tāmaki
  • Te Roopu Waiora
  • Te Puea Memorial Marae
  • Māori Women’s Welfare League
  • Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei
  • Ruapōtaka Marae
  • Te Mahurehure Marae
  • ira.dot
  • Hoani Waititi Marae
  • Te Hā Oranga o Ngāti Whātua

How to koha to local efforts:

We recognise that many whānau are still without power and fuel/food, supplies are running low and many have urgent housing repair needs.

Te Hau Ora o Ngāpuhi
has set up this Give a Little page to help respond to these immediate needs so we can deploy resources faster:


If you wish to donate to the other marae and local causes across the motu you can give here: Relief funds and places to donate

We acknowledge the significant efforts that have gone on across Aotearoa to support those who have been significantly impacted across Kahungunu and Ngāti Porou territories.

First Steps to Recovery

Ngāpuhi Iwi Collective Planning

Our team has been working collectively alongside Te Runānga o Ngāpuhi to ensure we are meeting our rohe needs during this time.

Ngāpuhi is here to tautoko

If you are concerned about yourself or someone else, call us on 0800 KIA RITE or 0800 542 7483 and our team will help.

We will accept any walk in appointments. Our hours for the drop-in service are
10-2pm daily at 113 Broadway Kaikohe.

For access to our outreach service, please call the 0800 number above. Please note that this service is open for all those who have been affected by the recent weather.

We are on the ground completing check-ins on our vulnerable whānau and delivering support packs where needed. Our different support packs include:

  • Kai
  • Water
  • Pēpi + Mama packs (Female hygiene)
  • Cleaning + hygiene packs
  • First aid
  • Temporary loan of generators (depending on stock availability)
  • Emergency housing
  • Delivery of prescription medication
  • Fuel vouchers

If you are in need of help call us on 0800 KIA RITE or 0800 542 7483 and our team will help.

Otherwise, come and see us at 113 or 125 Broadway, Kaikohe.
PLEASE remember, in an emergency call 111.

Social Service Manager Te Uri Ngatote

Te Hau Ora o Ngāpuhi Social Services manager Te Uri Reihana Ngatote gives an update on the flood situation in Te Taitokerau. Whakarongo mai!

A message of tautoko and how Ngāpuhi could help whānau streamed across, Tautoko FM, Ngāti Hine FM and Te Hiku radio, on the hour for multiple days.


Ngāpuhi Iwi Collective Givealittle

Te Hau Ora o Ngāpuhi are collecting koha/donations from those who wish to direct funds to whānau, marae and communities in Te Whare o Puhi directly affected by Cyclone Gabrielle. We will take guidance from our call centre, marae, whānau and community leaders where resource needs to be deployed for the greatest impact.

Donate here

Photos from the past two weeks