Cyclone Gabrielle Disaster - How you can Help Fellow Hunters


24 February 2023

We are deeply saddened to see the destruction caused by Cyclone Gabrielle. After the events of last week, New Zealand is still in shock. The NZDA has three branches in the worst affected areas – Napier, Hastings, and Wairoa.

Hard Hit: Hastings, Napier and Wairoa branch members are the most significantly affected.

To the members in the East Coast region, we may not be able to contact you presently, but please know you haven’t been forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

How can we help?

Many members from outside the affected areas have been asking what they can do to help.

Firstly, the immediate needs are the basics – food, water, shelter, and comms. The reality is that the only practical way to offer support is through cash donations to NGOs who are already on the ground and best placed to provide aid. If you wish to do so, we suggest the New Zealand Disaster Fund run by the Red Cross: Disaster Fund.

Secondly, the NZDA recognises that many of our members in affected areas will have lost some, if not all, of their hunting equipment. With the roar nearly upon us, and freezers now empty, we believe that supporting hunters will be critical.

So, here's how we can help: we are simply asking for donations of surplus hunting and outdoor equipment that we will distribute to these members once a practical method can be found.

A lot of hunters have old or unused gear that could be given to affected hunters on the East Coast.

Key points of Equipment Donations:

Donations should be sent to North Island rep, Tim Taylor. He will sort and store these at the Bay of Plenty Branch until we can safely transport and distribute the items.

We are asking for donations of clean hunting clothing and outdoor gear.

Examples of desirable items:

  • hunting clothing (clean)
  • rain gear
  • sleeping bags
  • packs
  • boots
  • cooking equipment
  • optics
  • head lamps
  • freeze dried meals

Strictly no firearms, ammunition or knives, please.

This is not an excuse to dump your rubbish. If you wouldn’t use it, please don’t send it.

Exact time and method of distribution still to be established with the committees at Wairoa, Hastings and Napier, but we will coordinate with branches in affected areas.

If your branch would like to collect items on behalf of members and deliver them to Tauranga, this would help to save on courier charges. Please ask your branch President to facilitate.

Send all gear donations via Tim’s work:
Ruahine Kayaks
Attn: Tim Taylor
5 Atuaroa Ave
Te Puke 3119

Please send all items by the 20th of March.

Do you have surplus gear and want to help fellow hunters in need? Consider making a contribution.

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