Community thanked for cyclone response

Publish Date : 28 Mar 2023
Cyclone Thanks

The community effort in the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle has been formally acknowledged by Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board.

Board chair Tauanu’u Nanai Nick Bakulich says the immediate efforts many community groups and organisations launched during the cyclone and earlier flooding were invaluable.

“We acknowledge the many flood-affected families and the very difficult and trying time they are going through with the loss of assets, property and memories.

“The Māngere Civil Defence Centre was outstanding, and we thank the volunteers and agencies that came together at both Māngere Memorial Hall and at Moana Nui a Kiwa for almost a month as more than 8000 Aucklanders sought assistance.”

Members also acknowledged all those who donated to, worked at, volunteered at or otherwise supported relief efforts.

The board’s thanks also went to Councillor Alf Filipaina, who was acknowledged for his service during a time that brought about unprecedented damage.

Deputy Chair Harry Fatu Toleafoa says his efforts, and those of many others, were an example of true leadership.

“He joined his board colleagues and staff to swiftly answer the call of our community.

“And most importantly, we honour the resilience and character embodied by our community. The generosity, trust and love demonstrated by our organisations and community humbles us all.”

A full list of those acknowledged is here.

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