The extreme weather events in parts of the North Island have affected many businesses. Here’s where you will find information and advice about:
If you own a business in places where there was a local State of Emergency, and you have been affected by Cyclone Gabrielle or January flooding, you may be eligible for support to help you recover.
Take care of yourself and your employees during this time.
If it’s not safe for them to work, don’t require them to do so.
Keep communicating with them. You may need to consider changes to your leave policy.
If you or your employees are feeling overwhelmed or anxious, visit First Steps. Other free services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:
Emergencies can happen at any time. Find out what to do before, during and after storms, floods and landslides to keep yourself, your employees and your business safe.
Farmers, growers, and whenua Māori owners significantly affected by Cyclone Gabrielle are able to get support to kick-start recovery efforts.
Applications for support from the Ministry for Primary Industries are open now.
If you're a business owner, register your claims with your insurer as soon as you can.
Business insurance can cover everything from damage to premises, lost or damaged stock, equipment or goods owned by others, vehicles and cover for not being able to operate as well as business interruption cover for loss of profit.
Inland Revenue knows many businesses affected by recent extreme weather won't be focussing on tax at the moment.
If you’ve been affected, you don’t need to contact IR right now. If you let them know when you reasonably can there are ways they can help.
If you’re having employment issues get in touch with the Early Resolution Service.
It’s a free phone-based service to help you with workplace issues early, quickly, and informally.
Many roads around the upper North Island have been affected by rain, flooding and slips.
Your employees, customers, suppliers and others could be unable to get to your business, so be prepared for delays and cancellations.
Get in touch with your tenant to check everyone is safe, and to talk about any damage.
As a landlord, you are responsible for paying for damages caused by a natural disaster.
Now could be a good time to check you are prepared for a natural disaster. Being prepared can:
Putting time into planning for emergencies makes good business sense – it helps keep you and your workers safe and minimises downtime.
Depending on your workplace and type of work, a plan can range from simple to more complex as the risk of an emergency rises.
If your workplace or property has been damaged by extreme weather, it may need a building assessment by a qualified professional.
As a building owner, you have a responsibility to make sure your building is structurally sound.
Additional support and information is available to those affected by Cyclone Gabrielle.
Find support(external link) – National Emergency Management Agency
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