Civil Defence delivers aid parcels to Tairāwhiti families

Civil Defence says more than 60 parcels containing food or medical supplies have been distributed to Tairāwhiti families left isolated by Cyclone Hale.

Most of the parcels, which the Defence Force helped deliver, have gone to homes in Ruatoria, while about 10 went to other rural areas.

As of yesterday evening, 10 families were still in emergency accommodation, while six others were able to head home on Saturday morning.

Civil Defence said half of around 180 homes contacted yesterday needed help of some form.

The government has offered $100,000 towards recovery efforts in Gisborne, including one-on-one mentoring support.

A $150,000 contribution to the Mayoral Relief Fund has also been announced, to help with the clean-up.