Financial support in emergencies
Civil Defence Payments
When there's an emergency event such as flooding or an earthquake, Work and Income may make Civil Defence payments available. People who have been impacted by the event may be eligible for the payments, if they are available.
The payments can help with:
- loss of income
Mayoral Relief Funds
In times of disaster or emergency, Mayoral Relief Funds may be set up to provide financial assistance to local communities. Check your local council’s website to see if they are offering the payments.
Tax relief for adverse and emergency events
Adverse or emergency events like flooding, droughts and storms can affect how you manage your tax. It can mean you can’t pay on time or need to update your details, such as income estimates. During some events, Inland Revenue may offer additional support.
EQCover is the Government’s natural disaster insurance for residential buildings and residential land. Homeowners automatically have EQCover for home and some residential land if they have a current private insurance policy, that includes fire insurance.
If your business is affected by COVID-19
Find the financial support available to help you, your business and employees through the response to COVID-19.
Benefits and payments
Work and Income can help in different ways for a range of situations. It may be able to help with food, living costs and if you cannot work.
Work and Income sometimes offers other support following disasters and emergencies. These are usually shared on the Work and Income website.