Wairarapa mayors have opened a Relief Fund in response to the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle.

Donations to the Wairarapa Mayoral Relief Fund can be made to 03-0687-0271682-03, using the donation reference ‘WAISTORM’.

Eligibility criteria and the application process will be posted on Masterton, Carterton and South Wairarapa District Council websites when finalised.

Carterton Hon. Ron Mark said he supports the Fund’s establishment.

“Having a financial mechanism through which our councils, private citizens and potentially government who wish to donate to supporting our people who have been devastated by this cyclone across the Wairarapa is very important.

“That the determination as to where the priorities are, and who will receive funding, will be made by the three Mayors based on the cyclone’s impact and the needs of our local communities, should give everyone confidence that the funds that they donate will be used fairly, wisely and impartially.”