Joint Wairarapa Council Press Release
Wairarapa Councils Work Together to Assist Edgecumbe
In May the Whakatāne District Council unanimously approved
the ‘Liveable Homes’ programme, which is designed to ensure that
all homes damaged in April’s floods can be repaired to a
habitable standard, regardless of owners’ personal
‘Liveable Homes’ is a key initiative for the Whakatāne
District Recovery project and aims to provide a ‘hand-up’ for
people who don’t have the means to repair their own houses.
Preliminary information indicates that there could be up to
240 flood-damaged houses in the District where the owners will
not be able to fund the repair work needed to make their homes
liveable again. In most instances, that is because the homes
involved are uninsured, or under-insured, most of the properties
are in Edgecumbe.
The recovery team are gathering support from the local
construction industry, and individual qualified tradespeople, to
lead teams of volunteers who will undertake the work necessary
to make flood-damaged homes habitable again.
Whakatāne Mayor, Tony Bonne says around 40% of flood damaged
homes are either under insured or uninsured.
“For the survival of this community we have launched this
unique project 'Liveable Homes'. The Mayoral fund is going to be
used both for this project and also for those cases that really
“I have been overwhelmed with the support of New Zealand over
our disaster. There are a lot of funds coming in tagged for the
Liveable Home project via our Give a Little page, as this is
estimated to cost around $70,000 per home. This is to get the
home liveable, not replaced.”
All three Wairarapa Mayors have come together to run a
combined campaign to encourage fundraising through
Links to the Givealittle page is on all three Council
websites and Facebook pages. Donation boxes are at all Wairarapa
South Wairarapa District Council Acting Mayor, Brian Jephson
says all three councils will use their varied channels to
encourage people to donate to this cause.
“If every Wairarapa person donated one dollar to this Give a
Little page then as a combined region we could raise $40,000 for
Carterton District Council Mayor, John Booth says a small
country combining our efforts could make a real difference to
the community of Edgecumbe.
“We need to step up as a community to help the people of
Edgecumbe in their time of need. We could all be affected by a
significant event at some stage. New Zealand is a relatively
small country; we can all lean on each other in times of need,
no matter where we live.”
Masterton District Council Mayor, Lyn Patterson says it is
important that we keep supporting the people of Edgecumbe.
“Even though they are no longer in the media spotlight. There
is a great deal of work to be done there and I'm sure our
community will dig deep to help out."
To donate visit
For further information on the ‘Liveable Homes’ programme
contact Tony Bonne – Mayor, Whakatāne District –
For further information on how you can assist from the
A wide range of community funding agencies are being asked to
support the Liveable Homes project which aims to restore
uninsured homes to a standard which will allow them to be
Building supply companies are being approached to provide
bulk supplies of essential building materials and equipment.
Home owners will need to confirm that they wish to
participate in the programme.
The Council has a database of flood-damaged homes and will
compare this with information from the insurance industry to
identify properties where, potentially, the owners may not have
the means to undertake the repairs necessary to make their homes
liveable again. The owners of those properties will then be
contacted and asked to meet with a member of the restoration
team to confirm their situation and if assistance is required,
to sign a consent form to participate in the restoration
Work teams will work progressively through the homes where
assistance is needed in each neighbourhood/area.
The basic work stream milestones are free building consent
issued, strip-out flood-damaged flooring, floor linings, wall
linings and insulation, dry-out building, refit wall linings and
kitchen/bathroom cabinets, building code compliance certificate
issued and finally the home is safe to reoccupy.
15 June 2017