Primary Industries Earthquake Recovery Fund

A $5 million support fund is available to quake-affected farmers in Hurunui, Kaikōura and Marlborough. Find out how you can apply to access the fund.

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 are now faced with the challenge of deciding what to do with their land. The Primary Industries Earthquake Recovery Fund is designed to help with those decisions.

The earthquake recovery fund is divided into two options to give farmers, growers and foresters the right support depending on their needs.

This fund will support projects that investigate long-term land use options, and will also fund professional advisory services for future land use planning.

Funding advice

MPI has project advisers based in Christchurch and Wellington.

Project advisers can:

  • provide feedback on your ideas
  • advise you of other relevant projects
  • provide advice about where to access specific technical skills.

To contact a project adviser email or phone 0800 00 83 33.

Option 1 – Project funding for community groups

This funding is available for projects that tackle a shared problem or develop a new opportunity in relation to land use. All projects must be for the benefit of a community group, not just an individual.

These projects can be led by rural landowners, managers, sector or council bodies with the support of industry organisations, agribusinesses, researchers and consultants.

Categories and topics for community group projects

Your project could fit within, but is not limited to, any of these project categories or topics.

Suggested project categories

Sustainable land management Indigenous and exotic forestry Soil management
Novel production systems Beekeeping  Floriculture
Human capability development  Aquaculture  Organic systems
Dairy, sheep or beef farming  Niche crops  Māori agribusiness
Horticulture or arable systems  Cross-sectoral issues  Viticulture
Deer, goats or ostrich farming  Irrigation efficiency  Climate change

Suggested project topics

Applied research and development Field trials
Demonstration projects Geotechnical work
Information, knowledge and technology transfer extension Catchment studies or sustainable land management
Identifying barriers to, and options for, improved land use and management Mitigation, adaptation and business opportunities around climate change
Improving decision support Scoping projects


Project requirements and guidelines for assessment

Find out if your project meets the requirements, and how we will assess the applications. 

Apply for Option 1 – Project funding for community groups

The funding round has now closed.


Funding round opens 10 May 2017
Funding round closes 23 June 2017
Applications assessed July 2017
Results announced 31 July 2017
Projects contracted 1 September 2017

Option 2 – 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.

Eligible advisory services

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

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

This funding is open for landowners and land managers in the following industries: dairy, sheep, beef, deer, arable, horticulture, forestry, farm forestry, pigs, poultry, viticulture and land-based aquaculture.

Requirements for applicants

Land owners and land managers who have property within the Hurunui, Kaikōura and Marlborough boundaries that was affected by the November 2016 earthquake, can access funding for professional advisory services up to the value of $5,000 per property.

Accessing funds under Option 2 – Advisory services

From early August 2017, land owners and land managers who have property within the affected regions can approach an approved MPI supplier and access professional advisory services to assist with earthquake recovery.

MPI are currently in the process of procuring suitable advisers for delivery of these services to land owners and land managers. A list of approved suppliers will be made available from late July 2017.

How do I access the funding from August 2017?

No forms or applications need to be submitted to MPI. Land owners or land managers should approach approved suppliers directly and discuss the advisory services they require. MPI will liaise with approved suppliers and pay them directly when the requested work is completed. Land owners and land managers will be asked by their approved adviser to confirm they have received MPI advisory services and detail the work that was completed. The  adviser will need this as proof of services rendered.

Any questions?

If you have any questions or require any assistance before August, you can email

Apply to become an approved supplier of professional advisory services

The main expressions of interest process closed on 9 June 2017. However, if you wish to be considered as an approved supplier to MPI as part of the earthquake recovery funding, complete the application form below.

Email your completed application form to

Complete an application to become an approved supplier of advisory services.

Read the guidelines to assist with your application and view the modela greement.

Email your completed application form to

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