National State of Emergency

A National State of Emergency has been declared to assist in the response to Cyclone Gabrielle.  It applies to the six regions that have already declared a local State of Emergency – Te Tai Tokerau, Auckland, Tairāwhiti, Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Hawke’s Bay. 

Find out more here.

Kia haumaru te haere – keep safe!

Published: Rātū, 14 Huitanguru, 2023 | Tuesday, 14 February 2023

The National Emergency Management Agency is posting regular updates on the NZ Civil Defence Facebook and Twitter feeds. You will also find regionally focused emergency information on your local Civil Defence websites and social media pages as well.

This information will keep you up to date, help you plan for and respond to the emergency situation for your whānau, your community and your marae.


Our kaimahi are working closely with local Civil Defence agencies in affected areas, and connecting with other central and local government agencies, iwi, providers, NGOs and community groups to identify and meet the needs of whānau Māori.

We have 17 regional offices across the motu and are well connected to local communities through existing relationships with iwi and many other providers.

Ways you can get support and assistance

Work and Income has help available if you’re affected by Cyclone Gabrielle.  You can find information on this page for help with bedding, food, medical costs, power bills, repairs and replacements and other urgent or unexpected costs. 

You can call Work and Income to talk about what you need: If you're in Auckland, Northland, Waikato or Waitomo call 0800 400 100. If you’re in other areas call 0800 559 009.  

Civil Defence payments are available for people affected by weather damage and can help with:

  • emergency food, clothing and bedding if yours has been damaged or destroyed by the weather
  • costs if you’ve had to leave your home
  • loss of income because you can't work due to the weather impacts.
  • a payment if you have evacuees staying with you in places such as a private home, marae or community centres.

Comprehensive information, including support payments, information on insurance, schools, tenancy, healthcare, wellbeing, animal welfare can be found on the Civil Defence website. This is being updated frequently.

You can find information about accommodation assistance here.

The following Whānau Ora providers are supporting whānau with things like kai, temporary shelter or accommodation, and wellness checks:

  • Te Whānau o Waipareira (West Auckland) – 0800 924 942 (open 8am to 8pm)
  • Ruapōtaka Marae – Glen Innes, Orākei, Panmure – 027 2908771
  • Manukau Urban Māori Authority – Mangere and Papatoetoe – 0800 686 232
  • Manurewa Marae – Manurewa and Manukau – 029 2005540
  • Papakura Marae – Papakura – (09) 297-2036 (0800 82627454)
  • Huakina Trust – Pukekohe – (09) 238-0250

Check with your local Civil Defence Group if you are outside Auckland for the locations of Civil Defence Centres that can provide immediate support.

Pasifika Futures is supporting whānau to access food, support packages, accommodation, relocation, healthcare, mental health, translation services, pastoral care support, insurance and social service support. You can find more information here or by calling 0800 388 7373.

Other support is also available at:

  • The Fono Feleoko Food Hub - 0800 366 648
  • The Village Community Services Trust 021 845 535 – it includes a food parcel request link
  • CIDANZ – 027 303 1832 and 027 310 3675  
  • South Seas Healthcare 080 31 13 31  

Go to Waka Kotahi to find out the latest on regional road closures and delays.


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