Were you prepared when Cyclone Gabrielle impacted Northland?

What was your Plan B when infrastructure failed? Plan C? Plan D?

Being prepared for emergencies on your farm means you’re less likely to suffer stock and crop loss, injury,  or worse.

These workshops will cover:

  • how to prepare an emergency plan for your house and property
  • how to plan for animal welfare before emergencies
  • tips for working with insurers
  • backup energy systems to keep the power on
  • and more!


Workshops will run in seven locations across Northland from mid-February to the end of March.

Workshops are free to attend, and lunch will be provided.

Each workshop will also have a lucky door prize of emergency grab and go bags, valued at more than $400.


Registration is essential so we can make catering arrangements.


15 February – Dargaville

21 February – Kaitaia

22 February – Kerikeri

6 March – Wellsford

14 March – Kaikohe: CANCELLED

20 March – Jordan Valley

27 March – Whangarei

6 June - Dargaville


Here's what participants to date so far have had to say after attending a workshop:

“It was fantastic.”

“It reminded me of all the things I knew I should do, but haven’t yet. Now I will.”

“Having the generator on site was great. And to have the fellow from Hubands who had the practical knowledge and advice we all needed to hear. I’m going to get one installed now for our dairy shed.”

“It reminded me of the importance of not being complacent. I want to do more for our house and farm, but also speak with neighbours about how they can be ready for next time.”

“We lost a culvert in the 2023 storms. We’ve fixed that, but today had us thinking about the other things we rely on. We’re going to go back to the farm, take stock, and make some plans of things to sort out.”


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Participants at the Wellsford Workshop hear from Dave at Hubands about generator options for rural properties.

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Feedback from participants at the Wellsford Workshop was overwhelmingly positive.

for further information:

For more information about these workshops, or if you have any questions, please contact:

Kylie Cox
Northland Civil Defence Emergency Management
Email: kyliec@nrc.govt.nz 
Mob: 027 215 3274

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