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.

Recent events


The Minister for Primary Industries classified the Otago flooding in July 2017 as a medium-scale event. This allows for recovery measures to be put in place, including funding for the Rural Support Trust and cleanup teams from Enhanced Task Force Green, run by the Ministry of Social Development.


The Minister for Primary Industries classified the flooding from April's ex-cyclone Debbie and cyclone Cook as a medium-scale event. Additional recovery measures included the Bay of Plenty Flood recovery grants for cleaning up silt and repairing uninsurable infrastructure.

Rural Support Trust 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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