Cyclone Gabrielle Updates

Welfare Support

Check out our handy information leaflet about where and how to access welfare services(DOCX, 138KB)

If you need welfare assistance during this time, such as food, fuel or medicine, please contact “Here to Help U”. Phone: 0800 568 273 or

Ministry of Social Development support: Call on 0800 559 009. Open 7am–6pm Monday to Friday, 8am-1pm Saturday. 

If you have health questions, phone Healthline on 0800 611 116. Healthline is staffed by experienced registered nurses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

If you are feeling frustrated or anxious or know someone who is struggling, there is help available:

  • Free call or text 1737 anytime, 24 hours a day. 
  • You can also call Lifeline on 0800 543 354 or text HELP to 4357.
  • Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Hinengaro Line for mental health support - 0508 111 555

Find out more about free wellbeing advice and support at or take a look at All Sorts leaflet here(PDF, 223KB)


Up to date information on local roads and a summary of State Highways can be found on our Roads and Highway Conditions page

For full details on State Highway closures, consult the Waka Kotahi website.