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.


Foundation North

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 



Flooding – Advice and support - TIA

Tourism Industry Association information and advice for tourism operators.



Natural Disasters - Retail NZ 

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. 


Rural Support Trust

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:

Northland Inc Growth Advisors

Whāriki Te Tai Tokerau - Facebook Page

Poutama Trust 

Te Puni Kōkiri — Kāinga ( 

Northland Chamber of Commerce 

MSD Employment Services

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:

Bank Support

Wellbeing and mental health support for business owners

First Steps

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing assistance and advice.
  • Support packages for nationwide businesses impacted by recent weather events.


Other Welfare Organisations


Northland Specific

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 


Frontline resources 

Mental Health | Northland DHB 


Targeted support for vulnerable groups  

CCS Disability Action 

Wellbeing for parents and whānau | Mental Health Foundation  


Phone resources  

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)