Back in Puketitiri, the Dinneens said those flights, and the constant checking in with them, made them feel a lot better about their situation.
“I would say, in the first five days, we had more choppers in here than we had cars in the previous five years,” Anna laughed.
GETTING MONEY TO THE RIGHT PLACE
One of the larger donations to Evergreen’s relief fund was made by ANZ New Zealand, which gave an initial donation of $550,000.
Those funds came from the $3 million ANZ pledged to support horticulture and agriculture groups, businesses and Iwi organisations with the response and recovery following Cyclone Gabrielle.
ANZ CEO Antonia Watson said, as New Zealand’s largest bank, ANZ recognised the need to step up and help Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti communities when they needed it most.
“No one knows their region better than locals, so when we were choosing where to donate we were really mindful of that,” Antonia said.
“After seeing what The Evergreen Foundation has accomplished, and continues to accomplish in Hawke’s Bay and Tairawhiti, we couldn’t be happier.”