Wairua for Wairoa – Taranaki Cares
The week-long fundraiser was completed in March 2023, with the aim to raise as much money as we can for the devastated town of Wairoa. Wairua for Wairoa was initiated by New Plymouth Boys’ High School Teacher Evan Davies.
Taranaki Foundation partnered with Evan and his team of fundraising legends to manage the donations to make sure all donations make it to Wairoa from our Taranaki Community.
Why Wairoa? It is easy to become overwhelmed by the scope of devastation on the East Coast at the moment. However, by zeroing in on one specific community, we can show solidarity and awhi for a specific community whose lives have been turned upside down by the flooding from Cyclone Gabrielle. This is not money going into a general pool – this is targeted funding, from us to them, that will then be handed over to the Mayor of Wairoa, as a gesture of aroha and awhi from the people of Taranaki. This is putting people first and foremost. The money is important, but humanizing this crisis and providing a specific avenue for focused assistance is what many Taranaki people are looking for. We do care. We can do something. These people’s lives matter and this is our way of making a difference.
Wairua for Wairoa provided a week-long window for Taranaki people and businesses to contribute as much as they could to this fundraiser. Schools can get on board, along with other community groups and organisations and do their own fundraisers to contribution to this week-long fundraiser. There will be a concert outside Puke Ariki landing this Sunday 26th Feb with awesome local bands and food for sale. People can come and be part of this free event and make donations to the appeal there or online.