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.

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. Successful projects were announced on 3 August 2017.


Funding round opened 10 May 2017
Funding round closed 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 to 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 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.

How do I access the funding?

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, email

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