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Our Relief Initiatives

Cyclone Relief Fund

When Cyclone Gabrielle struck Hawke’s Bay and the East Coast in February, the widespread devastation across the agricultural and horticultural sectors quickly became apparent.

So, we started a relief fund with $100,000 seed funding specifically aimed at getting those sectors back on their feet.

Since then, we’ve received more than $2.5M in donations, pledges and in-kind support, and that number continues to rise.

Our immediate


In total, we supported 21 flights – both fixed-wing and helicopter – into our isolated rural communities to drop off critical supplies such as fuel, food, pet food, and educational equipment.

We could not have done it on our own and the $68,000 we invested in getting the goods to their destination was more than matched by donations in-kind from suppliers.

A big thank you to our community partners who helped us make a difference at such a critical time. 

They include Sustainable Hawke’s Bay, HUHANZ Charitable Trust, Hawke’s Bay Foundation, HeliAg, Rural Airwork, Fern Fuel, Farmlands, Booths Transport, Anzco Foods, SilverFern Farms, Carfields NZ, Everfresh Transport, Beard Brothers, The Apple Press, HeleTranz Helicopters, Three Wise Birds Cider, Farrah’s, Better Eggs New Zealand, Linked Earthworks Ltd.

Our other initiatives

Learn more about our other community initiatives.

Connecting Rural Communities

Horticulture Sector Support

Supporting Schools In Need