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Recovery supports

Our aroha to all regions impacted by the recent severe weather events. We want to help you find the supports available to help you and your business.

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There are a range of supports you may be entitled to, some are available to all affected regions and some are regional specific.

Health and wellbeing support

Health and wellbeing support is available to help you with work, training or study.

You can get help to:

  • improve your health and wellbeing
  • increase your skills, confidence and independence
  • get ready for work and find a secure job that suits you
  • maintain your wellbeing outside of work.

All these services are free. Find out which of these services is right for you.

For more information (external link)

Temporary accommodation service

The Temporary Accommodation Service assists households affected by a natural disaster to find safe, secure and accessible temporary accommodation while their home is repaired or rebuilt.

If you were living in a property when it was damaged by natural disaster and need help to find somewhere to live while your home is repaired or rebuilt, their coordinators can connect you to services and resources to help get you back on your feet.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Get free career advice

Gain confidence, make a plan and take your next steps into work or training with free, personalised career advice from career experts. 

Meet with a careers practitioner to:

  • Make a personalised plan that outlines your next steps into work or training.
  • Understand your transferable skills and how you can use them in a new job.
  • Get help with your CV and cover letters.
Find out more (external link)

Extreme weather information for businesses

The extreme weather events in parts of the North Island have affected many businesses. have information and advice about:

  • looking after your employees
  • operating safely
  • insurance claims
  • finance and banking
  • buildings and landlord responsibilities.
Check the website (external link)

Tax relief for adverse events

Inland Revenue understands people may be unable to file or pay their tax on time because of the recent severe weather events in the north of the North Island.

During events like these they can offer additional support and have several ways to help people through this.

No need to contact them right now, just when you reasonably can.

You can contact Inland Revenue:

  • Call them on their dedicated phoneline 0800 473 566
  • Send them a message in myIR with the keyword flood in the subject line
  • Come in to one of their front of house offices.

For more information (external link)

First Steps - Mental wellbeing

Be healthy, resilient and equipped to navigate challenges and uncertainty.

An online hub to support your journey to wellbeing as a business owner, manager, or employee.

Business owners, managers and staff experience particular pressures that can begin to affect their ability to thrive and support others. First Steps is a space to find resources, video content, news and articles; as well as connecting you with confidential support from approved professional wellbeing providers, to help you make sense of challenging situations, reduce overwhelm and make meaningful change toward a fulfilling and balanced life.

Find out more (external link)

Employer helpline

The Employers and Manufacturers Association can offer advice and guidance to affected businesses.

Talk to a real person and get pointed in the right direction!

Call 0800 500 362 or email

Employment during and after disasters

If a natural disaster or other serious event happens, the health, safety and security of people should be the main concern of all employers and staff. 

This comes before thinking about the interests of the business or organisation. Employers and employees should remember to keep in regular contact and deal with each other in good faith. Employment New Zealand answers questions like:

  • What alternative arrangements for work can be made?
  • What if an employee is unable to work?
  • What about the workplace?
  • Health and safety
Find out more (external link)

Māori Community Response Fund

Iwi, hapū and marae trusts and incorporations, plus other Māori entities and providers in affected areas are eligible for this funding available through Te Puni Kōkiri.

Funding is available to support:

  • Capacity support such as relief staffing, clean-up expenses, generators and communication equipment
  • Recovery planning and co-ordination costs
  • Marae infrastructure and support costs such as securing temporary storage for taonga and food.

A factsheet (external site) is available to help you understand what's funded.

Contact your local Te Puni Kōkiri office for advice and support to apply.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Iwi Response Funding

This funding is intended to directly support iwi and will provide more longer-term funding to allow them to effectively engage and support the wider cyclone recovery and response.

This funding will allow iwi in affected areas to fund programmes of work to support the recovery and is intended to provide funding support for iwi to effectively engage with the government throughout the ongoing cyclone recovery phase.

  • Iwi play an important role in emergency responses and this is a recognition of that. In the recovery there will be a need for iwi to be actively involved and this funding will support them to do that.
  • The government has obligations under Te Tiriti that need to be fulfilled, and this funding helps to support the government to do that.
  • Ensuring iwi can effectively engage in the cyclone recovery will be beneficial to the wider community.
Find out more and apply (external link)

Need help with your recovery from the severe weather events? Check your region (external site) for region specific supports.