Several funds were set up in response to the floods and Cyclone Gabrielle however many have now closed. You can find information about some of the active funds below.
Information on other national, local, or regional funds can be found on agency websites.
Work and Income
Work and Income may be able to help support with accommodation, or urgent and unexpected costs.
Support is available to farmers, growers, whenua Māori owners and rural communities through the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). This includes funding to support wellbeing, health and safety, animal welfare and urgent recovery efforts.
Affected businesses can access tax relief including alternative payment arrangements and removing penalties and interest.
Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS)
TAS may be able to help if you cannot remain in your home following Cyclone Gabrielle and the Auckland flooding. TAS was activated for the following regions:
- Bay of Plenty
- Hawke’s Bay
- Tararua District
If you were affected by the weather events and need temporary accommodation, you can register with TAS. A temporary accommodation coordinator will be in touch.
Mental health and wellbeing support
It's ok to reach out for help – never hesitate if you are concerned for someone else or yourself.
For help with anxiety or mental wellbeing, call or text Need to Talk? on 1737 to speak to a trained counsellor for free, 24/7. Interpreters are available.
For general health advice, call Healthline on 0800 611 116.
The Mental Health Foundation have also collated information about different support services that can help people who need it.
Community support providers
Ethnic service providers
Find the list of ethnic service providers working to support communities affected by the Auckland flooding and Cyclone Gabrielle. You can reach out to them if you need support.
Community Connectors are employed by non-government organisations and are a trusted service to help people understand the many types of support options available through Government agencies or other service providers. Community Connectors can assist people to connect with the supports and services they need.
Accessing an interpreter
If you are calling a government agency and you need language assistance, ask for an interpreter. It is the government agency’s responsibility to make sure its services are accessible. This includes providing professional interpreters to the public for free.
Preparing for an emergency
Information on how to prepare for an emergency is available on the Civil Defence website Get Ready. This information is available in a number of languages.