Wednesday, 14 February 2024 marks the one-year anniversary since Cyclone Gabrielle wreaked havoc in our region.

This past year has been a formidable challenge for Hawke’s Bay. While significant strides have been taken in the recovery, there is still a lengthy journey ahead.

Our community has united with kindness, courage, and unwavering commitment, instilling hope and optimism for our ongoing recovery.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated efforts of our exceptional volunteers, agencies, businesses, and the broader community who have steadfastly supported each other. A special acknowledgment goes to our first responders and agencies who tirelessly worked in the initial days and weeks after the cyclone and continue to do so today.

Ka whiti te tī, ka whakapakari te tī, ka tipu ake te tī.

As the Tī (Cabbage Tree) faces destruction, it strengthens from within and then begins to regrow.

Commemorative events will include:

A minute’s silence

Across the region, from Wairoa to Central Hawke’s Bay, we will be unifying for a minute’s silence at midday on Wednesday 14 February.  We encourage your business, school or organisation to support this initiative and join us as we reflect on the challenges of the last year and pay our respects to those who lost loved ones, their homes, livelihoods, pets and livestock as a result of the cyclone.

Civic commemorative services

EventDate and timeLocation
Memorial Hikoi from the A&P Showgrounds to Memorial Park/Tapuae Grounds, followed by karakia and kai.
Wednesday, 14 February 2024, from 6amMeet at the A and P Showgrounds for karakia. All whānau are welcome to ‘hikoia te hikoi’ from Ruataniwha Road and through North Clyde streets collecting whānau along the way and ending at Memorial Park/Tapuae Grounds.
Commemoration service
Wednesday, 14 February 2024
11am – 12.30pm
Waipawa Primary School, 6 Harker Street, Waipawa
Community gathering
Wednesday, 14 February 2024
11am – 1.30pm
Pōrangahau Memorial Hall, Abercrombie Street
Commemoration service
Wednesday, 14 February 2024 at 11.30amCivic Square, HastingsThis service will be livestreamed via HDC’s Facebook page and website here.
Commemoration service 
Wednesday, 14 February 2024 at 11.45amThe Soundshell, Napier
PLUS, for Wairoa District Council on 14 FebruaryMokopuna Day: A fun day that will see the Tapuae Grounds transformed into an inflatable world to acknowledge their amazing resilient tamariki mokopuna. All schools and pre-schools must pre-register to [email protected]Whānau Concert: Wairoa reflecting as one with music, kai and whanaungatanga from 5.30-8.30, at the Tapuae Grounds. Come together to reflect on being proud Wairoa people. To register a stall and sell food please email [email protected]

Community-led events

EventDate and timeLocationContact
Commemoration Service
Sunday, 11 February 2024, 6pm – 7.30pmKings House Church, 190 Riverbend Road, MaraenuiEnquiries and RSVPs (before 2 Feb) to [email protected]
Memorial service
Wednesday 14 February, 2024, 2.45pm – 3.15pmThe courtyard behind the Chapel, Hawke’s Bay Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial HospitalJeannine Epplett
[email protected]
Community KarakiaWednesday 14 February, 2024
Ōmāhu MaraeReverend Zhane Tāhau Whelan [email protected]
Commemoration service at Eskdale Church Wednesday 14 February. 11.30amEskdale Church, Eskdale DriveRSVP to Ash Gale
Community Together eventsWednesday 14 February4.00pm @ Bay View Hotel, 43 Petane Road, Bay View

6.00PM @ Valley D Vine, 347 State Highway 5, Esk Valley
Community Remembrance KarakiaSaturday 17 February, 2024, 10am for karakia, 11am kaiNapier RSA – 34 Vautier StreetNgāhiwi Tōmoana 
[email protected]
Let’s have some fun!
Community Together event
Saturday 17 February, 3pmValley D Vine, 347 State Highway 5, Esk Valley 
Community Remembrance KarakiaSunday 18 February, 10am for karakia, 11am kaiClubs Hastings – 308 Victoria StreetNgāhiwi Tōmoana 
[email protected]

Hawke’s Bay Together in Black and White

To show your solidarity and support for the region, the councils collaboratively encourage you to wear your heart on your sleeve by once again, dressing in Hawke’s Bay colours (black and white) on Wednesday 14 February.

This initiative received overwhelming support when it was launched in March last year and we hope to show the same solidarity again.

How can you get involved?

  • Dress in black & white on Wednesday 14 February
  • Decorate the town black and white; store windows, shop fronts, letterboxes (anywhere visible!)
  • Tell your friends, family, colleagues and customers so they can wear their Hawke’s Bay colours too.

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