Help coming for cyclone-hit farmers in Taranaki and Tasman

  • 01/03/2018
A Mārahau forest, in the Tasman district, was badly hit.
A Mārahau forest, in the Tasman district, was badly hit. Photo credit: Newshub.

Farmers in Taranaki and parts of the Tasman district are going to be helped with recovery work now the damage wrought by Cyclone Gita has been declared a medium-scale adverse event.

Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor says funding will be available through Rural Support Trusts.

"These two regions bore the brunt of Cyclone Gita," he said.

"Intense winds caused significant damage. Thousands of trees are down and the wind has collapsed sheds and damaged roofs."

Mr O'Connor says a lot of work will be needed to make farms safe, rebuild infrastructure and clean up the mess.

Enhanced Taskforce Green teams could be set up to help.

The help available is:

  • Rural Assistance Payments
  • Recovery coordination
  • Pastoral support
  • Community and technology transfer events
  • Enhanced Task Force Green (subject to Minister for Social Development approval)
  • Flexibility with tax payments.

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