Cyclone Relief Help & Support

Published on 21st Feb, 2023

Below are some of the many initiatives that have been established to support the recovery efforts of Cyclone Gabrielle




A community initiative has been launched to bring generators, pumps and small diggers from around the country into Hawkes Bay as part of the disaster response.

genLEND was developed at Saint Andrews Church in Hastings as a tangible way for people across the country to help power the recovery of Hawke’s Bay communities ravaged by Cyclone Gabrielle. genLend is seeking people from around New Zealand with a spare generator, petrol-powered pump, small digger, or bobcat to lend it for a couple of weeks to get the East Coast through the start of the flood recovery. genLend will arrange the collection, distribution, operation maintenance and return of the gear for a two week period.

Find out more and offer help here:


Cyclone Gabrielle – What support is available and where can you get help


This factsheet provides information about the various support available to those affected by Cyclone Gabrielle.


Victoria University of Wellington | Support for students impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle |


Pūtea Āwhina – Hardship Fund

If you’re a student of Victoria University of Wellington and have been affected by Cyclone Gabrielle or the recent flooding, the university can help with a financial grant from the Hardship Fund. Help from the counselling or enrolment teams can also be specified in the application form below.

You can also make a regular gift to the Hardship Fund, through payroll giving, or a one-off contribution to the Hardship Fund here.

Other universities may also have similar support systems in place.


Community support fund

This funding is for local community groups supporting whānau and communities in Auckland and other regions impacted by recent weather events, who are not contracted by a government agency. This fund is capped at $3,500 per organisation.

The funding will allow community groups to maintain their response and recovery efforts so they can continue to support whānau wellbeing. Examples of community groups who can apply are:

– Local marae, whānau, hapū, iwi

– Multicultural councils

– Ethnic community organisations

– Faith based, religious and church groups

– Community Hubs

– Not-for-profit organisations and social enterprise

Community groups can apply to the Community Support Fund via the MSD website from 16 Febraury 2023.

Have a question? We can help. Get in touch with the Diocese.