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Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has contributed $100,000 to the Napier City Mayoral Relief Response Fund to help locals buy essential items that are not covered by insurance or other agencies.
The council voted to contribute in a meeting yesterday, where councillors agreed on the hardship grant that would be funded by the Regional Disaster Damage reserve.
Regional Council chief executive James Palmer says the council does acknowledge the enormous hardship faced by 100 families who were left without their homes as a result of the flood that happened on November 9 of this year.
“We hope that this grant helps alleviate the emotional and financial stress experienced by individuals and families.”
Central Government also donated $100,000 to the fund.
The Regional Council holds around $2.13m in the Regional Disaster Damage Reserve for the costs of recovery in a disaster.