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Kia ora koutou,
It is now two weeks since Cyclone Gabrielle wreaked havoc on our wonderful region, and even as we make our first steps towards recovery, the impacts remain.

We are as always, thinking about those in the hardest hit communities – from the north in the Wairoa District to south of Waipukurau, and everywhere in between.
Hawke’s Bay Tourism continues to reach out to members and stakeholders, and to respond to requests for assistance. We are also working with our councils to assist in stimulating economic recovery, which naturally, requires careful work and timing.
As with each of these updates, there may be some operators who are unable to receive this communication, so we encourage you to please share with your peers.

Here's what you need to know, today: 
The Government has announced the provision of a $25million recovery support fund, from which businesses in Hawke’s Bay can apply for a grant of up to $40,000.
Grants are designed to keep you operational, maintain cashflow and position your business for a successful recovery.
There are some criteria, but it is expected many within the Visitor Economy should meet these requirements. 
In the meantime, it is recommended you pull together key information about your business such as name, location, nature of business, number of staff, and information about the impact the cyclone or flooding has had on your business.
Discover more here or speak to the Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce who will be distributing the grants locally.

Residents and ratepayers of the Hawke’s Bay region who have been affected by Cyclone Gabrielle can now apply for assistance from the Hawke’s Bay Disaster Relief Fund
Support is available up to a maximum of $1,000 per household or $2,000 for organisations, marae and community groups.

Napier City Council, in association Napier Port and Hawke’s Bay Tourism, has confirmed the cruise season will re-start from March 6 in an effort to support the region’s cyclone recovery efforts.
Mayor Kirsten Wise said a priority for Napier’s own recovery was to actively support the local economy and in turn help families and communities get back on their feet.
“Tourism and specifically cruise tourism has a vitally important role to play in our region’s recovery. Today, I’m pleased to confirm cruise will re-start to Napier from Monday 6 March, after Cyclone Gabrielle saw the immediate pause of cruise ships calling at Napier Port,” said Wise.
Alongside Napier Port and Hawke’s Bay Tourism, Napier City Council has worked hard with operators and key stakeholders to enable a safe and staged approach to the resumption of cruise. 
The first ship to visit after this date will be MSC Magnifica on Friday, March 10, arriving at 10.30am and bringing with her up to 3013 passengers. 

With all that has happened in the last fortnight, Hawke’s Bay Tourism will host a get-together for members on March 15, at Milk and Honey in Ahuriri.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, our industry offered one another incredible support. Let’s do that once more; let’s gather around each other and share a light snack and a drink together during these tricky times.
  • Date: Wednesday 15th March
  • Timing: 5:00pm-7.00pm
  • Location: Milk and Honey, Hardinge Road, Ahuriri
Registration includes light snack and up to two drinks  

Waka Kotahi and Hawke’s Bay Trails have released two fantastic resources for you and your visitors.
The first map from Waka Kotahi demonstrates which roads are open, while the map Hawke’s Bay Trails, illustrates which trails are safe and operational.
We will share further information with you as these maps get updated.

A number of travel trade partners as well as prospective visitors have requested images of Hawke’s Bay right now.
So, in support of the message that “Hawke’s Bay is operational”, we invite you to share images that depict you getting about your daily life, whether that be on your property, at your experience, or simply enjoying your favourite glass of Hawke’s Bay wine.
This folder is there as a resource for you as members and industry colleagues to utilise when communicating with clients/guests. We recommend you title and date images before uploading to give context to the shot.

The Hawke’s Bay Tourism FAQs have also been updated to reflect changes in cruise as well as iSITE opening hours. You can find the latest version HERE

We’re bringing you information as it comes to hand. If you have missed any of our previous updates, which may contain information that is still current, you can find them HERE
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