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Assistance for March/April weather events

Sever weather events in March and April caused flooding and extensive damage across the Tairāwhiti.
Support is available to help repair damage and clean-up affected property and farms.

Tairāwhiti Mayoral Relief Fund

Applications are open for financial assistance through the Mayoral Relief Fund.

See the criteria and application form

Register your property damage

Federated Farmers is working with Gisborne and Wairoa District Councils to collect information on property damage that was sustained during the March and April weather events.

Information will be collected through a phone interview and will be used to assist in the event recovery

No matter how big or small – if you were impacted by the weather event, please register here for a call-back.

Clean up support - Enhanced Taskforce Green

Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG) has been activated to help with the flood clean-up. ETFG can be used for:

  • Removing debris from properties, fixing and re-installing fencing, cleaning stock troughs, clearing pathways for stock movement etc to enable paddocks to be used for stock grazing.
  • Repairing damage to community assets such as marae, business enterprises located on Māori land used for commercial purposes, community gardens, community halls, public recreational areas.
  • Properties when there is a recognised health and safety concern.

Farmers, growers and communities can self-register for ETFG clean-up help by contacting Pania King on 0800 834 434

Do you have silt to be removed from your property?

As a property owner you're responsible for the removal and disposal of silt and the cost for doing so, either directly or through your property insurance.

Here's some information on assistance for silt removal.

If you've contacted your insurer and the assessor has been to your property and advised how much of the land (silt) is within EQC cover, ?

If yes, these are the contractors who can remove clean fill silt and take it to a disposal site.

You or your insurance provider are responsible for the cost and for contacting the contractors to arrange the silt removal and disposal.

Q&As

What is my insurer responsible for?

Property owners who have insurance will have EQCover.

Insurers are the main contact point for any home or land claims – they're now the agents of EQC and are the contact point for customers.

The amount of EQCover for land damage can vary from property to property but generally, it provides for silt removal under the home and within 8 metres of homes.

The insurer may settle with cash directly to the homeowner for the silt removal work. The homeowner is then able to use those funds to pay for the silt removal.

How much will it cost to remove silt?

Costs will be quoted by contractors. Please note in some cases the cost of silt transport to the disposal site maybe required.

What's Council responsible for?

Council is waiving fees associated with some of its disposal sites and is working with other agencies and organisations to provide options for silt disposable by property owners.

You may qualify for further assistance.

Please register through the Enhanced Task Force Green (ETFG) ph 0800 834 434
Your needs will be assessed and further advice provided on the assistance available.

What is Enhanced Task Force Green (ETFG)?

The Government has activated ETFG in response to flooding in the Tairāwhiti and Wairoa regions. ETFG is a labour focused support package of up to $500,000 to help with the clean-up process. This funding will mean job seekers can be employed to help farmers and the wider community clear debris and complete clean-up work on their properties.

Damage assessments are currently being carried out across the Tairāwhiti and Wairoa regions. MSD will work with agencies and communities to make sure ETFG assistance is provided as soon as possible to farmers and communities that need this support.

Not all requests for assistance will qualify for ETFG assistance however MSD are making the ETFG contact phone number available as the first point of contact for you to register your need for help. Your request will then be assessed, and you may be referred onto other forms of support available to you if you do not qualify for ETFG assistance.

How can ETFG help?

ETFG can be used for:

  • Removing debris from properties; fixing and re-installing fencing; cleaning stock troughs; clearing pathways for stock movement etc. to enable paddocks to be used for stock grazing.
  • Damage to community assets such as Marae, business enterprises located on Māori land used for commercial purposes, community gardens, community halls, public recreational areas.
  • Properties when there is a recognized health and safety concern.

A working party will be formed to determine priority of the clean-up projects requiring ETFG, also taking into account health and safety needs.

How much does it cost to remove silt?

Costs will be quoted by contractors. Please note in some cases the cost of silt transport to the disposal site maybe required.

When will the silt be removed?

Property owners can arrange their own time, dates and contractors for silt removal.

If accessing assistance through the ETFG contact number, arrangements can be made directly with the ETFG working party who assesses what support is available to help.

What's Council responsible for?

Council is waiving fees associated with some of its disposal sites and is working with other agencies and organisations to provide options for silt disposable by property owners.

Access to lotteries funding

The Lottery Minister’s Discretionary Fund can provide grants to community organisations supporting local communities, or facilities that have been affected by flooding damage.

Examples of funding provided to communities for recovery from the impact of floods:

  • Replacement water tanks
  • Containers, spades, shovels, rakes, towlines, sandbags and sand
  • Earthmoving
  • Repairs to fencing
  • Remedial work to repair damage in walls of community facilities from heavy rain damage
  • Repairing flood damage to marae driveways
  • Repairs to community club facilities
  • Replacing carpet and lino at flooded community facilities
  • Shipping containers for supplies in the event of further floods/natural disasters plus equipment to store in them, including generators
  • Counselling / hauora support
    • Support for kai, petrol and volunteer costs through a community organisation that distribute these resources

Requests for funding - email Serena.Foster@dia.govt.nz with the following:

  • What the funding is needed for
  • How much is needed
  • A brief outline of what it would be spent on i.e. a very high-level budget
  • Name of group applying and person who can be the authorised signatory
  • Bank account deposit slip for the group
  • Contact person for DIA to liaise with over the funding request/payment

The Tairawhiti region, as an area affected by an emergency, has been designated as an area for building management under the Building Act 2004 (section 133BC). This designation came into force at 8.30am on 31 March 2022 and remains until 31 March 2025 unless otherwise relinquished prior.

Houses subject to Section 124 of the Building Act (red stickered)

Houses may be red stickered if they're deemed uninhabitable when when the structure has been affected or threatened by flooding or land movement. The effect of being red stickered means that until Council is satisfied the threat has been removed, you should not be in your property unless it’s to remove valuable possessions or essential items.

Occupants of red stickered houses that are insured should contact insurance providers for alternative accommodation cover.
Contact our building inspectors if you have any concerns:

  • Mike Elers – 027 685 7552
  • Ian Petty – 027 628 7075

Insurance and lodging a claim

If you have damage to your home, property or car, contact your insurance company as soon as possible.

If your home, car or contents have been damaged by the severe weather, take photos before you remove or repair anything and report it to your insurance company as soon as possible.

You only need to contact your insurance company and they’ll let you know what to do next, how to claim and – if applicable - how EQC cover works.

If you need to make your home safe, sanitary, secure and weathertight, record the work done - take before and after photos and keep copies of the bills you paid.

Financial support

Civil Defence payments are available for people who have been affected by the event. These payments are administered by the Ministry of Social Development and you don't need to be on a benefit to access support. The payments can help with:

  • Accommodation costs if evacuated and paying for accommodation such as a hotel.
  • Loss of income if you can't work due to the flooding.
  • Emergency food, clothing, and bedding.
  • Costs if evacuees are staying with you in places such as a private home, marae or community centres.
Assistance with other costs

Depending on your situation, there are other ways the Ministry of Social Development may be able to help with medical costs, bedding, food, rent, power bills, water tank refills and essential repairs e.g effluent systems.

For more details phone MSD 0800 559 009 or head to their website

Trust Tairāwhiti – email businesssupport@trusttairawhiti.nz or contact business growth advisors, Ryan 021 579 703 or Joe 021 197 7957

Health support / advice
  • Healthline 0800 611 116
  • Need to talk – text or phone 1737
Psychosocial support
  • NZ Red Cross - Heather Ratahi, heather.ratahi@redcross.org.nz or 027 705 1175

You may be able to get tax flexibility through the Income Equalisation Scheme if the flooding is affecting your ability to comply with tax obligations, such as filing and paying on time.

More information is on the IRD website

Qualifying farmers can receive up to $6000 to seek independent financial or business advice. The Farm Business Advice Fund is managed by Rural Support Trusts. Banks are jointly funding the initiative.

Apply through your local Rural Support Trust

This fund provides financial assistance where there is an identified urgent need due to a declared adverse event such as a drought, fire, flood or earthquake.

It's available to individuals, communities and groups, with a particular emphasis on rural women and children.

Recovery from March rain event

Media releases

Massive task ahead for region
Region moves to recovery phase