Latest update: Tuesday 14 March

Whānau Āwhina Plunket services affected by Cyclone Gabrielle

All booked appointments and drop-in clinics in Hawke’s Bay, Wairoa and Tairāwhiti are now going ahead. Appointments may be face to face, online or via phone. Your nurse will contact you to make a plan for your circumstances.

Check out your local Whānau Āwhina Plunket Facebook page for updates on drop-in clinics and playgroups in your area.

Remember, you can call Plunketline 24/7 for free on 0800 933 922. Our Plunket nurses are ready to help with advice and support.

Any other questions? Feel free to get in touch.

If you're affected by the Cyclone

Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by Cyclone Gabrielle.

Check your local Civil Defence Emergency Management Group for the latest updates on everything from roading, power, water safety and assistance Local Civil Defence Groups | Civil Defence

If you have been unable to connect with whānau, you can register them as missing through the Police online form. Person inquired for | New Zealand Police - online forms

Experiencing a natural disaster, such as a severe storm or flood, can affect your mental health and wellbeing. Whether you’re feeling anxious, stressed, overwhelmed, or just tired – it’s completely normal and okay. Support is available.

If you need to talk to someone about how you are feeling, you can call or text Need to Talk? It’s a free call or text to 1737 any time, 24 hours a day. You’ll get to talk to (or text with) a trained counsellor.

You can see a list of helplines you can call for advice and support here: Helplines and Support | Mental Health Foundation

Find your local Civil Defence Emergency Management Group

National Emergency Management Agency - Te Rākau Whakamarumaru

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The National Emergency Management Agency provides leadership in reducing risk, being ready for, responding to and recovering from emergencies.

Feeding pēpi in an emergency

In an emergency situation, clean drinking water can be hard to find. Here are some handy resources with information on feeding your pēpi during an emergency.

Feeding Your Baby in an Emergency - Ministry of Health

Making Water Safe During an Emergency - CDC

Prepare and Store Powdered Infant Formula - CDC

How you can help with Cyclone Relief

A huge thank you to those who've got in touch, wanting to donate to support whānau impacted by the cyclone.

For information on how to support cyclone regions, you can visit Cyclone Gabrielle - Mayoral Relief Funds | National Emergency Management Agency (