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Cyclone Gabrielle

Project Type

Online group EMDR


North Island, NZ


March to May 2023

Cyclone Gabrielle was the costliest tropical cyclone on record in the Southern Hemisphere. It made landfall in Aotearoa in February 2023, and even while the storm was devastating the North Island, Trauma Aid was preparing for an EMDR response to the storm.

We conducted four large-scale online EMDR sessions from March to May 2023, supporting kiwis in need wherever they were located. With our colleagues at Whakaora: The EMDR Recovery Group, we provided these sessions free of charge.

During the course of these sessions, it was decided that a seperate, charitable organisation was needed to coordinate the EMDR response to large-scale events in the future. From there, the process was started to build Trauma Aid Aotearoa into the organisation as it exists today.

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