Cyclone Gabrielle has affected communities across the North Island, including Northland, Auckland, Coromandel, northern and eastern Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne.

About Easy Read

We have Easy Read documents to assist people with learning disability to understand more about the cyclone, the National State of Emergency and how what support is available.

You may want to read this information with support from a:

  • whānau / family member
  • friend
  • support worker.

Where to get support

Information about finding Civil Defence Centres in your area, health care services, support from Work and Income, pets and animals, as well as support for Deaf and disabled people, Māori and Pacific Peoples.

What is a State of National Emergency

Information about what a State of National Emergency is and where to go for assistance.

Information about Cyclone Gabrielle

Easy Read information is available about Cyclone Gabrielle here. You can find out what to expect and what to do if you need to evacuate your home.

Looking after how you are feeling

Information about mental health wellbeing, who to talk with and information about 1737: Need to Talk.

Useful links

Civil Defence

The Civil Defence website has up-to-date information about Civil Defence Centres, Community Support Hubs and other information you need to know:

Local Civil Defence information will be issued by your local Civil Defence Emergency Management Group.

To find your group, visit:

Alternate formats are on the Civil Defence website: 
Auckland Severe Weather – what support is available and where to get help external URL

Whaikaha information

For the latest from Whaikaha – the Ministry of Disabled People – about the extreme weather:

Info exchange – Disabled People’s Assembly

Information for disabled people affected by the extreme weather.

The latest weather

For the latest weather information, visit:

Getting ready for severe weather


Managing your anxiety (Easy Read)

A guide to managing anxiety for adults with learning disability.