Cyclone Gabrielle: Rebuilding Land and Lives
About this special report
The Farmers Weekly team checks in with rural communities and key players in the post-flood recovery one year after Cyclone Gabrielle devastated the region.
In some respects life has returned to normal on the east coast, but in others there are years of work still ahead.
But ‘if a war should ever break out, I would take an army of Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay farmers’, says a local farm adviser.
They don’t breed them tougher than Rod Vowles, a Hawke’s Bay farmer who climbed out of a steep gully cradling his broken neck after being caught in the aftermath of the cyclone.
Some kiwifruit vines were wiped out in a matter of hours, but even some of those that appeared unscathed are manifesting problems.
Gisborne mayor calls for an urgent need to review of how regions like hers receive roading recovery funding.
A community leader calls for thinking beyond costly roadways to ensure the future of the region.
With the water rising fast, it was time for Chris Ward’s house guest to remember how to swim.
Harvie Beetham didn’t let eight decades on the clock hamper his rescue efforts.
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