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Supporting Schools In Need

A special visit from

two rugby stars

We were very fortunate to host All Blacks Legend Dan Carter and Women’s Rugby World Champion Ruby Tui who visited some of the children in our hardest hit areas including Eskdale, Puketapu, and Tutira. 

 They were warmly welcomed and helped bring much needed smiles to the faces of hundreds of students.

Ruby also visited St Joseph’s Maori Girls College.

Later in the day, Dan and Ruby attended a function aimed at acknowledging the people we know made some heroic efforts in the immediate response phase.

We thank both Dan and Ruby for lending us their time. They put a smile on the face of locals and then some. They were a fantastic pairing and inspirational for children and adults alike!

Special thanks to Unison and Rotorforce New Zealand for making the day possible.

Bringing smiles to the faces of rural children​

Photos of Dan and Ruby’s visits to rural Hawke’s Bay schools

Boarding Schools Initiative

This programme aims to support rural families from flood-affected areas who send their children to one of Hawke’s Bay’s boarding schools and may be experiencing financial and/or emotional hardship as a result of the Cyclone.

Boarding Schools supported: Hereworth, Hukarere Girls’ College, Iona College, Lindisfarne College, Napier Girls High School, Napier Boys High School, St Josephs Maori Girls’ College, Te Aute College, Woodford House.

In talking to school principals, we quickly became aware of many rural families affected in Hawke’s Bay and Tairawhiti/Gisborne. In response to that, the committee allocated $320,000 – administered at the discretion of the Principals – and agreed to dollar match funds raised by those schools up to a maximum of $20,000 per school.

Other Support Initiatives

Hardship Support

Support through schools has not just been limited to boarding schools. Other initiatives include:

  • Hardship support for flood affected students at Taradale High School and Wairoa College
  • Additional counselling capacity in schools
  • Support for a new bike facility at Eskdale School.

Books To Schools

  • In addition Evergreen has partnered with the Ministry of Education and the Rural Support Trust (RST) to provide a package of books about resilience – including the local picture book ‘Pearl in a Whirl’ –  into 75 cyclone affected schools in Hawke’s Bay and the East Coast , aiming to support children, young people, and parents through these challenging times.

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