Support for individuals, farmers, businesses, and organisations affected by Cyclone Gabrielle

Published 06 Mar 2023

If you, your farm, your business, or organisation has been affected by Cyclone Gabrielle you can apply for support to help you recover. Please refer to the examples below to see what sort of support is available. A more comprehensive list of available support can be found on the Council website at: Cyclone Gabrielle Support | Tararua District Council (

What is it for ?For who?For what?How to apply?

Civil Defence Payments

Work and Income

People affected by Cyclone Gabrielle (Even non-clients)To help cover the cost of loss of income, bedding, clothing, food, accommodation, etc.

Call: 0800 400 100

or visit the Work and Income Service Centre

Farmer and grower recovery grants

Ministry for Primary Industries

Farmers, growers, whenua Māori owners and rural
To undertake urgent work, support clean-up, urgent repairs, including fencing, repair water infrastructure, clearing silt, etc.

Call: 0800 00 83 33 or email

Community Support Package

Ministry of Social
Development (MSD)

Community groups, contracted providers, disabled peopleFor community groups and contracted providers to help deliver response and recovery efforts or

Call: 0800 400 100

Cyclone recovery grants for businesses
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

Businesses, sole traders and self-employed people in the Tararua District affected by Cyclone GabrielleBusinesses with challenges in customer access, supply chain issues, inability to operate as usual, physical damage, or delays in insurance assessment

Information on how to apply for support from this fund is available on the Council website as mentioned above

Rural Support Trust (RST)Farmers and growersProvides farmers with support and advice. Helps farmers to connect with services they need whether this is financial, business advice, or links to health servicesCall: 0800 787 254
(0800 RURAL HELP) or go to:

Federated Farmers -

Support includes:
1. Feed co-ordination service

2. Farmy Army

3. Team Tararua Together

1. Farmers

2. Communities

3. Farmers

1. Helps match farmers with grazing or supplementary feed. Feed dating service

2. Farmers helping farmers. Matching people skills to assist on farm

3. Donated fencing materials. Dannevirke and Pahiatua drop off points. RST allocate

1 & 2: Call 0800 FARMING
(0800 327 646) or go to:

3. Call Tim: 027 269 6565

Mayoral Relief Fund

Tararua District Council

Tararua District residents, ratepayers or small business owners, and not-for-profit organisationsPeople, businesses or groups in the Tararua district who have suffered financial hardship because of damages caused by Cyclone GabrielleInformation on how to apply for support from this fund will become available soon