Mayoral Relief fund for individuals, businesses, farmers, and community organisations
Mayoral Flood Relief Fund applications are now open to Tararua District residents, ratepayers or small business owners (including self-employed people and sole-traders), and not-for-profit organisations who have suffered financial hardship because of damages caused by Cyclone Gabrielle.
Tararua District Council would like to thank all the people, organisations and businesses who have reached out with very generous offers of support.
The Mayoral Relief Fund is still open for donations:
Tararua District Council,
Reference code: Flood Relief.
Donations can also be made at Council customer service centres and libraries.
Mayoral Relief Fund Application Form
Click here to apply for support from the Mayoral Relief Fund. Criteria can be found below.
Mayoral Fund Application Criteria
Who is the Mayoral Relief Fund for?
The Mayoral Disaster Relief Fund is open to Tararua District residents, ratepayers or small business owners (including self-employed people and sole-traders), and not-for-profit organisations who have suffered financial hardship because of damages caused by Cyclone Gabrielle.
What is the Mayoral Relief Fund?
The Mayoral Relief Fund may be used to support and meet the needs of affected individuals, families, community organisations, small businesses and marae. The fund provides one off assistance for extraordinary circumstances, where a real need can be shown.
As the size of this fund is limited, we ask that you explore other agencies in the first instance, allowing this fund to be distributed to those who have a residual need. Other agencies supporting people impacted by this event include Civil Defence, The Ministry of Social Development, Work and Income, Ministry of Primary Industries and private insurance. For more information please refer to: Cyclone Gabrielle Support | Tararua District Council (tararuadc.govt.nz)
What can the Mayoral Relief Fund be used for?
Examples of financial support from the Mayoral Relief Fund include:
- As a priority:
- supporting the wellbeing of individuals/families faced with hardships as a result of Cyclone Gabrielle
- Assisting people with basic needs, household goods and personal items where the individual/family is uninsured or underinsured
- Essential items/essentials of daily life (e.g; food, accommodation, utilities)
- Filling water tanks
- Dealing with septic tank overflow
- Cleaning debris from properties where people are uninsured or underinsured
- Assisting small businesses impacted by the emergency
- Replacement of articles that cannot be insured by people – for example, fences, footpaths, etc.
- Assisting with insurance excess payments
- Extra financial burden/costs not covered by insurance or other funds
The amount granted will depend on the circumstances of the applicant. To ensure the funds are not depleted immediately and to enable fair and consistent amounts get to a large number of people, the maximum amounts are:
- $1000 for individuals
- $2000 for community Groups, farmers, businesses including sole-entrepreneurs, and marae.
Am I eligible for this fund?
- If you are/were a resident (owner/occupier or occupier) or ratepayer of Tararua and impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle.
- If you are an individual, businesses, community group, family, organisation or marae.
- If you are experiencing hardship (financial or emotional) as a result of Cyclone Gabrielle at the time of your application.
- For family or personal crisis support which is not covered by any other source e.g. insurance, or by another agency or fund. Note:
- You may still be eligible if alternative funding assistance has not substantially reduced the financial loss or hardship suffered. For example: although fund payments are not designed to be made as duplication of insurance pay-outs, it could be that people may request funding in order to cover the insurance excess.
- Council expects a high number of applications to the Mayoral Relief Fund. As such, the Panel aims to review each application within five working days.
- Approved applications will receive payment within five working days.
How do I apply?
You can apply for funding through the online form or drop into any local Council office to help you complete an application form.
How will I know if I will receive a grant?
These applications will be assessed twice weekly by a Decision panel.
If your grant request is approved, we’ll contact you and provide an indication of when the money will be paid out.
How will I be paid?
Any application must be accompanied by a NZ registered bank account number which the payments can be made to.