Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) is working with Federated Farmers to implement a comprehensive recovery plan for cyclone-impacted farmers along the Tairāwhiti coast.
There is still a lot of work to be done in the heavily impacted Tairāwhiti coast after cyclones Hale and Gabrielle devastated the region in early 2023.
B+LNZ’s Mātanga Whenua Māori Advisor, Pania King, has teamed up with Federated Farmers' cyclone recovery advisor, Ben Moore, to spearhead a comprehensive recovery plan for farmers along the Tairāwhiti coast.
“We’re working together to ensure support reaches farmers affected by cyclones, particularly those impacted by cyclone Gabrielle. The focus is on repairing and reinforcing waterway fencing and boundary fences, critical for stock management and the safety of rural communities,” says King.
One aspect of the recovery plan involves fortifying the fences along Highway 35. King says, “We’re stock proofing the highway to mitigate the risks associated with wandering stock on roads as a result of the cyclones.”
The recovery efforts mark the commencement of the reference programme, with Federated Farmers providing secured NIWE funding for the initiative and B+LNZ providing crucial connections and guidance to deliver meaningful results
“The level of support for this initiative has been absolutely fantastic to see in the region. It is really important that this continues to be a collective commitment to supporting farmers and ensuring the resilience of the Tairāwhiti region in the face of natural disasters,” says King.
To get the mahi done, the programme enlisted two skilled fencers, a tractor, and a rammer.
This support is funded until 23 March 2024, ensuring sustained support for affected farmers.
Despite challenging weather conditions, the team have begun their work and is making steady progress from Te Araroa back down to Gisborne.
“The joint efforts are not only benefitting farmers but also contributing to the overall safety of rural communities,” says King.