The severe weather events in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Tairāwhiti, Hawke’s Bay, Bay of Plenty and Tararua earlier this year were unprecedented. They caused loss and trauma to people, households and communities, and billions of dollars of damage.

We can expect more of these events. So, as a country, we need to prepare. The most powerful way we can do that is to hear from people like you; people who experienced the events, or have something to share.

Below, you’ll find an introduction from the Inquiry chair, former Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM QSO KStJ, outlining what the Inquiry is aiming to achieve, along with tools and resources to encourage you to get involved.

Sir Jerry Mateparae shares why we want to hear from you

Ways to get involved | Ngā huarahi whai wāhi

Share your experience with us

Use our online submission form if you experienced the events, or have something to share

10-20mins to complete

Share your experience – easy read

Information for those who prefer an easy read format

Group discussions

Resources for community groups and other organisations to help support your discussions

Share a report

If you have permission to share an existing report about these events, you can submit it here


Our online submission form translated into te reo Māori, Samoan, Simplified Chinese and Hindi

Meet our people | Tūtaki ki ā mātou kaimahi


Our panel has a good mix of community, commercial and crisis experience, and local connections.


Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM QSO KStJ is the Chair of the Inquiry. Joining Sir Jerry (from left are three highly experienced Panel members (pictured from left): Julie Greene, John Ombler CNZM QSO and Rangimarie Hunia.