Tertiary Update readers are asked to support those affected by the floods in Edgecumbe, Whakatāne and the surrounding area by donating to a dedicated fund set up by the TEU to help with relief activities.
Donations can be made to the following TEU account named Emergency Relief Fund 38-9008-0493736-13.
The fund will be used to help the local Whare Wānanga supply much needed food, clothing and bedding to the community.
Massive flooding in Eastern Bay of Plenty destroyed homes and businesses, when the Rangitāiki River burst its banks, leaving many people homeless and forcing many more to evacuate.
Edgecumbe bore the brunt of the flood impact, with almost the entire town of 1,600 forced to evacuate.
Earlier in the week Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in Whakatāne, opened its doors to staff and residents who have had to evacuate their homes.
Staff at the Whare Wānanga continue to work tirelessly to help with relief activities and on Monday met with the District Council to set up a water station and to offer administration staff to help register those affected.
Four local marae have also opened their doors and taken in whānau, as well as set up donation tables.
Members and non-members of the TEU at the local REAP, Te Rito Maioha and Aotearoa Wānanga, their families and entire communities have been affected by these devastating floods.
Toi Ohomai closed their Whakatane campus yesterday due to the bad weather.
With more bad weather forecast for today, as Cyclone Cook hits, the anguish looks set to continue for many.
Readers’ support could make a huge difference in helping local residents get back on their feet and into their homes.
Ngahirata Gardner, president of the TEU branch at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, said:
“The disaster isn’t over when the floodwaters recede or when the cyclone has passed. For many in our community this will just be the start of a really difficult time.
“It is moments like this when we need to stand together and support each other – tū kotahi, tū kaha. It doesn’t have to be much, but anything our colleagues in the tertiary education sector and our communities can donate would mean a great deal to our whānau and hapori whānui.”