Whakatāne Mayor promises Edgecumbe donations will go to hardest hit

An announcement will soon be made about how officials plan to distribute the sixfigure sum raised in the Whakatāne Fund.

The money raised will be used to help Edgecumbe recover from devastating floods, with one Givealittle page raising $65,000 alone. 

Mayor Tony Bonne says the generosity of donors who've helped make up more than $100,000 of donations to the Mayoral Fund is overwhelming.

He's assuring donors their money will go to people who need it most.

"It's going to go to people that are struggling - and that's not just the people that are uninsured.

"There are many people that were insured but they're underinsured."

Repairs to infrastructure in the town will come from a separate council fund, he says.

The town of Edgecumbe was severely flooded when stopbanks were breached following heavy rainfall in early April.

The entire town was evacuated - around 1600 people - and a state of emergency declared.


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