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Post-Cyclone Community Wellbeing Survey

Post-Cyclone Community Wellbeing Survey

A Post-Cyclone Community Wellbeing Survey was completed 3-4 months’ following Cyclone Gabrielle to gain an understanding of the ongoing impacts of the Cyclone on the Ahuriri/Napier community.

The Survey covered the following topics:

  • Cyclone Gabrielle impacts
  • Psychosocial and physical wellbeing
  • Post-cyclone concerns
  • Safety perceptions
  • Social connections, neighbourhood and support
  • Disaster resilience & emergency preparedness
  • Overall life satisfaction.


The survey found: 

  • Eight out of ten respondents were negatively affected by the Cyclone. Impacts included damage to property and/or valuables, health impacts, work loss or disruption, travel delays, and affected family members.
  • Mental health and wellbeing concerns were reported by two out of three people (66%).
  • Overall sentiment about life in Napier was lower than in 2022, with 60% rating their life as good or very good (down from 70%).
  • Feelings of safety declined, with 38% reporting they feel safe, down from 62% in 2022.
  • Social connections were high post-Cyclone (78% average agreement score, up from 74% in 2022).
  • Levels of personal and community resilience were high - linked to strong social connections and the community coming together in the aftermath of the Cyclone to help each other out (77%).
  • Emergency preparedness increased as a result of the Cyclone, with 72% of people saying they have subsequently arranged essential items such as food, water, cash, gas/fuel, a radio, and alternative cooking methods and lighting sources.

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