Primary Industries Earthquake Recovery Fund

A $5 million support fund is available to quake-affected farmers in Hurunui, Kaikōura and Marlborough.


By applying to this fund community groups or local farmers and landowners could access recovery support specifically targeted for the primary sector. Read on to learn more about the community-led projects that have already commenced and how to make contact to apply for recovery advisory support.

Funding for community group projects or advisory services

The November 2016 earthquake caused significant erosion and damage to land in Hurunui, Kaikōura and Marlborough.

Farmers, growers and foresters continue to be faced with the challenge of deciding what to do with their damaged land. The Primary Industries Earthquake Recovery Fund is designed to help with those decisions.

This fund is divided into 2 options to give farmers, growers and foresters tangible assistance by supporting community led projects that investigate long-term land use options, or by funding individual landowners and farmers with professional advisory services for future land use planning.

Funding for community groups projects

Earthquake Recovery funding was made available to community-led projects that would tackle a shared problem or develop a new opportunity in relation to land use. All projects are for the benefit of a community group, not just an individual. There are 8 successful projects that were announced on 3 August 2017, and they represent a variety of industries including sheep and beef, diary, viticulture and seafood. These 8 projects will contribute significantly to the regions’ rural recovery by developing shared community opportunities for land use diversification, research and restoration.

Advisory services funding for land owners and land managers

This funding is available for individual land owners and land managers to access advisory services to help with long-term land use planning and technical advice.

Approved advisory services for earthquake recovery in the Hurunui, Kaikōura and Marlborough regions is available to land owners and land managers.

Eligible advisory services - up to $5,000 + GST per landowner or land manager

The advisory service funding supports farmers, growers, and foresters to make informed decisions about:

  • farm infrastructure and business continuity
  • land management
  • future use of land
  • whole farm systems management.

Who can apply for funded advisory services?

Land owners and land managers who:

  • have property within the Hurunui, Kaikōura and Marlborough boundaries that was affected by the November 2016 earthquake, and
  • are operating within one or more of the following industries: dairy, sheep, beef, deer, arable, horticulture, forestry, farm forestry, pigs, poultry, viticulture and land-based aquaculture.

Check the guidelines for farmers, foresters, and growers [PDF, 443 KB]

How do I access the funding?

There are 5 simple steps to secure a $5,000 advisory services funding grant.

Step 1: Find an approved advisory provider

Review the list of approved advisers

MPI approved Advisory Providers [PDF, 257 KB]

Step 2: Choose a provider

Choose an advisory services provider that you can work with and give them a call. Discuss your current situation and the scope of the work.

Step 3: Complete some details about yourself

Fill in the simple MPI form which your advisory provider will supply to you. Tell us about yourself and the work that you are proposing.

Step 4: Agreeing costs

Your advisory provider will be required to supply you with either a quote for the scope of the work or an estimate for costs of the work. The quote or estimate, once agreed by you, will go with the form to MPI for funding approval.

Step 5: Work begins

Once approved by MPI, you have now secured up to $5,000 + GST of advisory services funding and work can commence. The funding will be paid directly to the approved supplier once work has been completed.

View 2017 Earthquake Recovery Fund Advisory Services Case Study [PDF, 321 KB]

Who are the advisors?

About twenty service providers have currently been approved. We want you to have access to the best and most relevant advice for your situation. Some of the approved providers are not based in your local region but have been approved due to their capability and capacity for specialist advice following these seismic events.

If you want to use a particular advisor who isn't on our list as an approved provider, invite them to apply to MPI to become a MPI approved Advisory supplier.

To discuss further contact MPI on funding@mpi.govt.nz or phone 0800 00 83 33.

Any questions?

If you have any questions, email funding@mpi.govt.nz

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