Support for weather events

Created: February 22, 2023 at 4:11 PM | Updated: March 22, 2023 | By NZ Navigator Trust

Assistance for people impacted by North Island floods and Cyclone Gabrielle

Community groups and contracted social sector providers of food and other supports, including services for disabled people, have mobilised quickly to support people, families and communities affected by the recent North Island floods and Cyclone Gabrielle.

Community Support Package

The government have put together a Community Support Package that aims to relieve some of the pressure so community groups and contracted providers can continue to deliver their response and recovery efforts for people, whānau and communities.

There are a number of funds available:

Community support fund ($2 million)

This funding is available for community groups supporting whānau and communities in Auckland and other regions impacted by recent weather events, who are not contracted by a government agency. 

Community providers fund ($4 million)

This funding is available for providers supporting communities affected by the recent North Island floods and Cyclone Gabrielle. Providers are considered those who already have government contracts in the social sector.

The other funds are - Food fund ($1 million), Support through Community Connectors ($4 million), and Support for disabled people ($0.5 million).

Funding through this Community Support Package is time-limited and only available until 30 June 2023

Get more information about this support package on the MSD site here.

Application Support

Hui E!  may be able to help you to apply for MSD Community Support Package funding if you need help with this - they can match your group with a skilled grant writer who will help draft your MSD application and it's a free service! Apply here.

Auckland Business Support

Another package of government support targets flood affected Auckland businesses - this may apply to community organisations in this area as well - read more here.

Floods: Employment guidance and support

During and after a disaster or emergency, the health, safety and security of people should be the main concern of all employers and employees. Employment NZ provide information here.

Foundation North flood relief and resources guide

Foundation North have supported the Centre for Social Impact to produce a guide to flood relief and resources for the Auckland and Northland communities. Download this PDF here.