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Aerial imagery available to help plan recovery

Aerial imagery

Detailed aerial imagery acquired by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council to help better understand the impact of Cyclone Gabrielle is now available to the public.

 Regional Council Team Leader Hydrology and Groundwater Science Simon Harper says the council acquired the SkyCan imagery, taken by a fixed-wing aircraft, in what were deemed priority areas at the time.

 “The imagery was captured between 19-21 February, focusing on the Esk, Wairoa, Poukawa, Waipukurau, Papanui and Tukituki areas, as well as the Heretaunga Plains.”

 “SkyCan provides high-resolution aerial imagery, which was essential for providing an immediate assessment of risk and hazards created by Gabrielle. The imagery was used to locate and evaluate the extent of stop bank breaches, slips along critical roading networks, damage to bridges and the extent of inundation.”

 The imagery is now available via Land Information New Zealand, so people can use it to help assess damage to their property and plan recovery, says Mr Harper.

 The imagery can be viewed at


7 March 2023

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