Monday, March 4, 2024

Cyclone Gabrielle: Rebuilding Land and Lives

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.
Gabrielle recovery is no ‘one-year sprint’

Gabrielle recovery is no ‘one-year sprint’

In some respects life has returned to normal on the east coast, but in others there are years of work still ahead.
Tairāwhiti farmers not out of woods yet

Tairāwhiti farmers not out of woods yet

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.
A Rod of iron that proved tough enough

A Rod of iron that proved tough enough

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.
Gabrielle’s touch continues to knock growers

Gabrielle’s touch continues to knock growers

Some kiwifruit vines were wiped out in a matter of hours, but even some of those that appeared unscathed are manifesting problems.
More speed needed for road to recovery

More speed needed for road to recovery

Gisborne mayor calls for an urgent need to review of how regions like hers receive roading recovery funding.
Native plants may help heal Tairāwhiti

Native plants may help heal Tairāwhiti

A community leader calls for thinking beyond costly roadways to ensure the future of the region.
Finding yourself downstream of a dam-burst

Finding yourself downstream of a dam-burst

With the water rising fast, it was time for Chris Ward’s house guest to remember how to swim.
Luck and great neighbours will get you through

Luck and great neighbours will get you through

Harvie Beetham didn’t let eight decades on the clock hamper his rescue efforts.
Gabrielle pushes climate change to top of worry list

Gabrielle pushes climate change to top of worry list

Survey of primary sector experts ranks top-of-mind concerns.