Adverse events

The New Zealand government helps rural communities and individuals recover from adverse events, including natural disasters, severe weather, and biosecurity incursions. Find out how MPI classifies events, what help may be available, and how you can prepare yourself.


Bay of Plenty Primary Sector Recovery Grant

The Minister for Primary Industries on 9 June 2017 earmarked $200,000 to help Bay of Plenty farmers with flood recovery following the April floods and storms caused by ex-cyclones Debbie and Cook.

Primary producers in the area can apply for grants of between $2000 and $10,000 per farming business to help towards costs that primary producers have incurred as a result of the storms. Applications will be administered by the Whakatāne District Council against criteria set by the Government.

Who can apply for a grant

You may apply if you are a farmer or grower who:

  • is based in the Bay of Plenty
  • has uninsurable infrastructure loss and clean-up costs as a result of the April storms
  • derives your principal income (at least 51% of household income) from primary industry. In this case, we mean the primary production of meat, wool, dairy products, arable farming, aquaculture, horticulture, viticulture, forestry, sharemilking, an orchard, apiculture, herb or flower growing, a market garden and poultry farming (not hobby or lifestyle farming)

What the grant covers

The grant can contribute to your work restoring the physical integrity of your primary sector business. Any funding given must be used for its intended purpose.

It does not cover any income loss for your business.

Eligible works under the grant include uninsurable damage sustained during these events and associated with:  

  • re-establishment of uninsurable pasture (on cultivatable land) and crops
  • clean-up of silt and debris (where uninsurable), where the work needed to be done as a matter of urgency following the storms. For example, where vines needed to be cleared so as not to rot from water damage. You cannot claim for support from Enhanced Taskforce Green or from volunteers who didn’t incur costs to you.

How to apply

Make an application through the Whakatane District Council.

Medium-scale event classification

Other extra recovery assistance measures made available directly following the storms, include:

  • enhanced Task Force Green teams to help with cleanup
  • funding for the Rural Support Trust to coordinate recovery activities and events
  • rural assistance payments for extreme hardship
  • tax flexibility.

These are on top of the normal range of financial support available to all New Zealanders. Farmers whose incomes have changed should talk to Work and Income about their options.

Contact your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP) for a free and confidential chat about your needs or someone you are concerned about.

Your local rural support trust is here to help

Your first point of contact when you need help during or after an adverse event is your local rural support trust.

Types of adverse events

Adverse events can be:

  • storms
  • droughts
  • floods
  • snow
  • volcanic eruptions
  • earthquakes
  • biosecurity incursions.

MPI classifies adverse events on a scale

MPI has 3 classifications for adverse events:

  • localised 
  • medium scale
  • large scale.

This classification helps decide what help will be available and what actions to take.

Find out more about the classifications

Think ahead and be prepared

One of the best ways to speed recovery and build your business and family's resilience is to think ahead and be prepared. It's the responsibility of both individuals and the community to make sure they are as ready as they can be for an adverse event.  

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