Information about the Kaikōura earthquake of 14 November 2016, MPI's response, and resources for those affected.
On this page:
- Assistance and support available
- Primary Industries Earthquake Recovery Fund
- The skilled worker and volunteer programme
- Earthquake Relief Fund for uninsurable damage to primary industries
- Road access and travel
- Fisheries closures
MPI continues to work closely with rural communities and sector organisations around Kaikōura, Hurunui and Marlborough.
A $5 million support fund is available to quake-affected farmers in Hurunui, Kaikōura and Marlborough. The fund is for community projects or advisory services for landowners and land managers.
The skilled worker and volunteer programme is on track to wind down at the beginning of June 2017. More than 50 earthquake-affected farms have had teams of workers onsite.
What is the skilled worker programme?
Government provided $600,000 to fund skilled on-farm workers and volunteers to help with recovery from the earthquake.
Other resources available to those who need them
- Contact your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 RURAL HELP for a free, private and confidential chat. A Trust representative can come to see you and, if needed, point you in the right direction for further help.
- If your circumstances have changed as a result of the earthquake, talk to your accountant, bank, and Work and Income to see other help for which you may be eligible.
Managing your financial and mental wellbeing [PDF, 2.6 MB]
Kaikōura earthquakes – support and assistance [PDF, 180 KB]
Support following 14 November earthquakes – Work and Income website
Find volunteer health and safety resources – Beef + Lamb NZ website
Earthquake recovery events calendar
- Download a list of events and meetings being held [PDF, 46 KB]
Applications for the Earthquake Relief Fund closed on 31 March. The panel is reviewing applications and all applicants will be contacted before the end of May.
The fund is to assist rural people whose principal income comes from a primary industry which is either well-established or in the developmental stage.
The funding may only be allocated in the form of a grant to help pay for costs associated with:
- restoring uninsurable primary sector infrastructure
- re-establishing uninsurable pasture (on cultivatable land only), crops, and forestry
- initial clean-up of silt and debris (where uninsurable).
Details of what the grants cover
- Priority will be given to essential repairs to continue farming, such as roadside boundary fencing, boundary fencing, access tracks and stock water supplies.
- Any grant will be a contribution towards repairs, up to a maximum of 50% of the cost.
- The damage must exceed $12,000 in total for you to be considered for assistance.
- An excess of $5000 will be deducted from the 50% that is eligible for funding. The amount awarded may be adjusted if eligible funding requests exceed the $4 million available.
- The maximum any one entity could receive from the fund is $50,000.
- Funding may be available where the cost of repairs (for example to fences, water reticulation) exceeds the limited cover provided by insurance. Applicants will need to deduct any insured amount that can be claimed from insurers.
- Funding is not available for repairs that can be insured, but were not.
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is managing all roads in and around the affected areas.
For more information, contact the NZTA:
- call 0800 44 44 49
- or email EQSHRoadInfo@nzta.govt.nz
Closures are in place for 3 areas affected by the earthquake. Detailed information is available on each area's fishing rules page:
Who to contact
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