Selwyn has joined the Local Government New Zealand Adopt-a-Community programme partnering communities to support areas hardest hit by Cyclone Gabrielle.

Residents are encouraged to give to the Tairāwhiti Mayoral Relief Fund. Gisborne was among the regions hit hardest by Cyclone Gabrielle and donating to the Mayoral Relief Fund allows people to give direct support to the community for immediate response and medium to long-term recovery projects, Mayor Sam Broughton says.

"We’ve all seen the devastation and I’ve heard from so many Selwyn residents looking to help right across the North Island. Adopting a community gives us a focus for helping, while ensuring that places aren’t missed out. We know from the disasters we’ve experienced here in Canterbury that recovery is a long-road.”

Donations to the Tairawhiti Mayor Relief Fund can be made to

Account Name: Gisborne District Council
Account: 03 0638 0502288 00
For overseas payments - SWIFT code: WPACNZ2W
Reference: Disaster

Latest fundraiser events

Giving for Gisborne Charity Auction

Selwyn District Council and the Hororata Glow festival join forces.

Thank you to all the bidders at the silent auction who donated over $7000 to the Giving for Gisborne fundraiser.

Items were put up for auction by 17 businesses and the Council. Popular items included Mayor Sam Broughton mowing lawns and a holiday package with accommodation and mountain biking or trekking at Quartz Hill.

In total the fundraiser raised $7275 for the Gisborne Mayoral Relief Fund.

The Giving for Gisborne fundraising campaign has now raised over $12,000, with donors giving directly to the Gisborne Mayoral Relief Fund to support immediate and long-term needs identified by the community.

The ongoing generosity of people in Selwyn is really uplifting, Mayor Sam says.

“We’re very grateful to the Hororātā Glow Festival for letting us run the auction and for all the generous businesses who donated prises to auction, it was an amazing evening. I’ve spoken with Mayor Rehette Stoltz and she has offered her sincere thanks to everyone who has got behind Gisborne and she said how encouraging the support is for everyone effected by the cyclone.”

Other fundraisers have included a donation drive at Selwyn Sounds, a fire brigade truck pull, and Selwyn schools pairing up with their counterparts in Gisborne.

Thank you to all our sponsors