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 2 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.

Approved advisory services for earthquake recovery in the Hurunui, Kaikōura and Marlborough regions is available to land owners and land managers.

Eligible advisory services - up to $5,000 + GST per landowner or land manager

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

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

Who can apply for funded advisory services?

Land owners and land managers who:

  • have property within the Hurunui, Kaikōura and Marlborough boundaries that was affected by the November 2016 earthquake, and
  • are operating within one or more of the following industries: dairy, sheep, beef, deer, arable, horticulture, forestry, farm forestry, pigs, poultry, viticulture and land-based aquaculture.

Check the guidelines for farmers, foresters, and growers [PDF, 443 KB]

How do I access the funding?

There are 5 simple steps to secure a $5,000 advisory services funding grant.

Step 1: Find an approved advisory provider

Review the list of approved advisers

MPI approved Advisory Providers [PDF, 257 KB]

Step 2: Choose a provider

Choose an advisory services provider that you can work with and give them a call. Discuss your current situation and the scope of the work.

Step 3: Complete some details about yourself

Fill in the simple MPI form which your advisory provider will supply to you. Tell us about yourself and the work that you are proposing.

Step 4: Agreeing costs

Your advisory provider will be required to supply you with either a quote for the scope of the work or an estimate for costs of the work. The quote or estimate, once agreed by you, will go with the form to MPI for funding approval.

Step 5: Work begins

Once approved by MPI, you have now secured up to $5,000 + GST of advisory services funding and work can commence. The funding will be paid directly to the approved supplier once work has been completed.

View 2017 Earthquake Recovery Fund Advisory Services Case Study [PDF, 321 KB]

Who are the advisors?

About twenty service providers have currently been approved. We want you to have access to the best and most relevant advice for your situation. Some of the approved providers are not based in your local region but have been approved due to their capability and capacity for specialist advice following these seismic events.

If you want to use a particular advisor who isn't on our list as an approved provider, invite them to apply to MPI to become a MPI approved Advisory supplier.

To discuss further contact MPI on or phone 0800 00 83 33.

Any questions?

If you have any questions, email

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