Last updated: 7 March, 2023
Below is a list of links that provide useful information for businesses who may be affected by flooding, storm or cyclone damage in Northland.
Weather event news and updates
The best starting point is the Northland Civil Defence & Emergency Management team pages. Their website page will link you to the best places to find:
- up to date information on what's happening around the region
- road closure information for each district and state highways
- power outages
- welfare information should you need assistance
- records on how much rain has fallen around the region.
- Kaeo webcam to see flooding in real time
Civil Defence Northland website
Civil Defence Northland Facebook Page
Download the Civil Defence Handout summarising support available (PDF)
Business Support Directory
General Funding and Grants Information
Business Recovery Grants (Administered by Northland Inc)
Find information on how to apply for a Business Recovery Grant in Taitokerau Northland
Mayoral Relief Funds
Mayoral Relief Fund - Whangarei District Council
Small businesses can apply for funding if they have been impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle.
Mayoral Relief Fund - Kaipara District Council
The Mayoral Relief Fund may be used to allocate one-off payments to individuals, families, community organisations, marae, and small businesses within the Kaipara District who have suffered severe hardship or damage as a result of February 2023 extreme weather events.
Te Puni Kōkiri
$9 million will be distributed through their Māori Development Fund to provide:
- 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.
Contact your local Te Puni Kōkiri office for application information.
Quick Response Grants - Projects that align with their areas of focus.
General Business Advice & Support
Tax Relief for Adverse Weather Events
IRD updates and information about tax relief you may be eligible for due to adverse weather events.
- looking after your employees
- operating safely
- insurance claims
- finance and banking
- buildings and landlord responsibilities.
Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA)
Call 0800 500 362 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Flooding – Advice and support - TIA
Tourism Industry Association information and advice for tourism operators.
Advice for retailers affected by natural disasters.
MPI Support for Farmers and Growers
Farmers, growers and whenua Māori owners can apply for support from the Ministry for Primary Industries to get back on their feet. You cannot also apply for a grant from the cyclone recovery fund.
In January 2023, the Government made funding of $200,000 available via Rural Support Trusts to assist rural communities with the clean-up and recovery. Visit their website for details.
Ministry of Primary Industries - Rural Support List (PDF)
A list of Grants and Recovery Funds available for those affected by Cyclone Gabrielle.
Farm Strong | Farmers Mental Health
Resources and information to help farmers build resilience to face the many pressures involved in farming and recover quickly from life’s setbacks.
Business Advisory Services:
Whāriki Te Tai Tokerau - Facebook Page
Te Puni Kōkiri — Kāinga (tpk.govt.nz)
Support for business owners considering recruitment, redeployment or redundancy for staff.
Contact your bank for information on how they might be able to help. Ministry of Social Development have provided the following summary of what the major banks are offering:
Wellbeing and mental health support for business owners
- Mental Health and Wellbeing assistance and advice.
- Support packages for nationwide businesses impacted by recent weather events.
Other Welfare Organisations
Hauhora Kotahitanga - Te Tai Tokerau Directory of Wellbeing Services and Resources
Red Cross Workplace Mental Wellbeing Training
All first aid courses | New Zealand Red Cross
Targeted support for vulnerable groups
Wellbeing for parents and whānau | Mental Health Foundation
Call or text 1737 to talk to someone trained to help with mental health or addiction support
0800 111 757 (Depression Helpline)
0800 787 797 (Alcohol Drug Helpline)