Communities rally on the East Coast

The third edition of the Education Gazette | Tukutuku Kōrero for 2023 was released earlier this week. To celebrate, we want to share with you a snippet from the cover article.

Teacher in front of helicopter

Local coordinator Sarah Grant collects education packs from the Ministry of Education.

In mid-February, much of the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand was dealt a devastating blow at the hands of Cyclone Gabrielle. There have been many stories of devastation and loss, but equally, there are many of bravery, community, Kiwi ingenuity and local heroism. In this series of photos, we explore some of the mahi underway in the hard-hit regions of Te Matau-a-Māui Hawke’s Bay and Tāirāwhiti Gisborne to get early learning services, schools and kura up and running in the aftermath.

Education Gazette would love to publish more stories from our education communities across the North Island and celebrate the incredible actions and resilience of our local people. Please send your photos and ideas to

Our thoughts are with those who have been impacted by this severe weather event, and those who have lost loved ones. Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui.

A cross-agency effort saw educational materials and other supplies flown into the rural community of Waihau in the Hastings District. 

See the rest of the article on the Education Gazette website(external link). You may as well check out the other articles (Issuu website)(external link) while you’re there!

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