Update – 25 August 2022
A severe storm swept over parts of both the North and South islands between 17 and 20 August 2022, causing flooding and extensive damage across many rural communities.
This weather event was classified as medium-scale adverse event in Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough, and the Far North districts.
The Government unlocked $150,000 funding to support farmers and growers. The funds are being used to help the primary sector to recover and includes wellbeing support, specialist technical advice, and other assistance.
2022 Marlborough, Nelson and Tasman floods [PDF, 2.7 MB]
Helping hand to find feed
The Feed Coordination Service helps to connect farmers with surplus feed – such as hay, silage, or grazing – to farmers who need it. This national service was reactivated after drought in Southland and parts of Otago was classified as adverse events in March 2022. It is available until 30 September 2022.
You can get in touch with a feed coordinator to be matched with available sources of feed. The service is free and nationwide. Farmers using the service meet the costs of feed and transport.
The feed coordination service is funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and is administered by Federated Farmers.
To register your request, or if you have feed or grazing available, contact the National Feed Coordination Service:
- National Feed Coordination Service – Fedfarm
- Freephone 0800 Farming (0800 32 76 46) and request a call back.
Preparing for floods
A flood can have devastating effects on a farm business, affecting livestock, land, and buildings. The best way to minimise damage is to be prepared.
- Plan what to do with your pets, livestock and valuable equipment.
- Know where the closest high ground is and how to get there.
- Check your insurance policy.
During and after a flood
Don't put yourself at risk from contaminated water, damaged roads, or landslides and other hazards.
Look for and report broken power lines to your electricity provider. Treat all lines as live.
Trees may be unstable due to saturated ground and high winds.
Be conscious of security. Lock your car and house. Report suspicious activity to police.
Health and wellbeing
Throw away food and water that has been contaminated by floodwater.
Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are certain it is not contaminated.
For disposal of hazardous waste, including farm chemicals, call EnviroWaste on 0800 00 06 11.
Report flooded homes and any need for temporary accommodation to your local council.
Assess damage to water supply and reticulation systems. Which stock water troughs are contaminated with silt and will need cleaning?
Assess damage to access lanes, tracks, gateways, culverts, and fences. What flood debris needs to be cleared?
Assess damage to pastures and the depth and type of silt.
Assess available non-flooded pastures and other unaffected feed reserves.
Accept help when offered, and ask for it if you need it.
Seawater flooding on farms
We've got information to help you if your farm gets flooded with seawater.
Update your NAIT records if you moved stock
If you had to move stock during flooding update your NAIT (National Animal Identification and Tracing scheme) records. Ensuring animal records are up-to-date is vital to ensure that NAIT can provide biosecurity and disease management support.
If you need help with your NAIT account or updating your records call 0800 48 24 63.
Talk to your accountant, bank manager, or Work and Income. There are options for help.
Talk to Inland Revenue about tax relief.
If you and your family are affected by flooding, you may be able to get a Civil Defence payment.
The Rural Women NZ Adverse Events and Relief Fund may be able to help.
Lodge your claim as soon as you can, even though you may not have all the information.
Take notes and photos of all damage.
Talk with your insurer during the call about temporary accommodation support, if needed.
Carry out emergency repairs, such as making buildings safe and weatherproof. Take photos of any damage you’re repairing to add to your insurance claim.
Call your insurer before carrying out non-essential repairs.
If you need to throw out some items, such as perished food, take photos first.
Take good care of yourself. Recovering from a flood is a big job. Learn how to recognise and care for anxiety, stress, and fatigue. Call your local Rural Support Trust if you are concerned about someone's stress levels or mental wellbeing.