• Cyclone Gabrielle one year on - how to mark the occasion

Cyclone Gabrielle one year on - how to mark the occasion

Hawke’s Bay will remember the devastation caused by Cyclone Gabrielle with commemorative services and a minute’s silence on Wednesday.

Exactly one year ago on 14 February, Cyclone Gabrielle unleashed its fury on Hawke’s Bay resulting in widespread devastation.

Hawke's Bay Regional Council, Hastings District Council, Napier City Council, Central Hawke’s Bay District Council, and Wairoa District Council have all worked together, alongside the Regional Recovery Agency, to put together commemorative services and events to acknowledge the significance of this anniversary.

At midday on Wednesday, a minute’s silence will be observed across the region, from Wairoa to Central Hawke’s Bay.

The Councils have called on 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”.

The Councils say that everyone should dress in Hawke’s Bay colours (black & white) on Wednesday, and also decorate the town black and white.

Civic commemorative services

Event Date and time Location

Memorial Hikoi from the A&P Showgrounds to Memorial Park/Tapuae Grounds, followed by karakia and kai.

Wednesday, 14 February 2024, from 6am Meet 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 11.30am Civic Square, Hastings
Commemoration service 
Wednesday, 14 February 2024 at 11.45am The Soundshell, Napier

PLUS, for Wairoa District Council on 14 February

Mokopuna 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 danielleb@wairoadc.govt.nz

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 danielleb@wairoadc.govt.nz

Community-led events

Event Date and time Location Contact
Commemoration Service
Sunday, 11 February 2024, 6pm – 7.30pm Kings House Church, 190 Riverbend Road, Maraenui Enquiries and RSVPs (before 2 Feb) to Talalelei.Taufale@health.govt.nz
Memorial service
Wednesday 14 February, 2024, 2.45pm - 3.15pm The courtyard behind the Chapel, Hawke’s Bay Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Jeannine Epplett


Community Karakia Wednesday 14 February, 2024
Ōmāhu Marae Reverend Zhane Tāhau Whelan zhane@piringahapu.com
Commemoration service at Eskdale Church  Wednesday 14 February. 11.30am Eskdale Church, Eskdale Drive RSVP to Ash Gale
Community Together events Wednesday 14 February 4.00pm @ Bay View Hotel, 43 Petane Road, Bay View

6.00PM @ Valley D Vine, 347 State Highway 5, Esk Valley

Community Remembrance Karakia

Saturday 17 February, 2024, 10am for karakia, 11am kai Napier RSA - 34 Vautier Street Ngāhiwi Tōmoana 
Picnic at Puketapu Saturday 17 February, 1.00pm - 5.00pm Puketapu at Ōmāhu Reverend Zhane Tāhau Whelan zhane@piringahapu.com

Let's have some fun!
Community Together event

Saturday 17 February, 3pm Valley D Vine, 347 State Highway 5, Esk Valley

Community Remembrance Karakia

Sunday 18 February, 10am for karakia, 11am kai

Clubs Hastings - 308 Victoria Street Ngāhiwi Tōmoana