Cyclone and flood recovery for businesses

If you own a business in parts of the North Island and have been affected by Cyclone Gabrielle or January flooding you can apply for support to help you recover.

Government grants for recovery support

The Government is providing $50 million in recovery support to businesses in eight regions affected by Cyclone Gabrielle and January floods in the North Island.

Farmers and growers can apply for separate support from the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Support for farmers and growers

What the grants are for

You can apply for a grant of up to $40,000.

The grants are to help you:

  • keep operating and position you for a successful recovery
  • maintain cashflow.

Who can apply

You must meet some criteria, including being in one of the eight regions, and how you have been affected.

You can apply if you are self-employed, a sole trader, or an employer - no matter how many people you employ.

Location criteria

You can apply if your business is primarily in one of the areas listed below and you were affected by Cyclone Gabrielle or January flooding.

The regions are:

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Tairāwhiti
  • Hawke’s Bay
  • Tararua
  • Wairarapa

You must also meet all these criteria

  • You’re facing significant cashflow issues due to continued challenges with customer access, ability to source stock, supply chain issues, inability to operate as usual due to the physical damage to equipment or premises, or delays in insurance assessment and repairs.
  • Your business is otherwise viable both before and after the flooding.
  • You are not receiving any funding from the Ministry for Primary Industries recovery fund.
  • You commit to acting in line with employment law and with due regard to your employees.

Regional criteria

Local partners who will allocate the grants may set further criteria. Check before you apply.

Where to apply

Grants will be delivered locally by people on the ground in the eight regions. They are best placed to do this.

Find a local partner


Cyclone Gabrielle – business recovery grants(external link) — NorthlandInc


The Back to Work grants have been suspended while applications are considered. You can still apply, but you will be added to a waitlist. If you applied before 4.30pm, 9 March your application is being considered.

Back to Work grants(external link) — Auckland Business Chamber


Cyclone Gabrielle Business Recovery Grant(external link) — Thames Coromandel District Council

Bay of Plenty

Business Recovery Grants (Cyclone Gabrielle)(external link) — Toi Economic Development Agency


Application for business support grant(external link) — Trust Tairāwhiti

Hawke’s Bay

Cyclone and flood recovery for businesses(external link)  — Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce


Cyclone recovery grants for businesses(external link)  — Tararua District Council


Masterton District Council is setting up its application process. We will update this page as soon as it is ready.

 Advice and support is also available through the Regional Business Partner Network.

Advice and support is also available through the Regional Business Partner Network.

Our advisors can help cyclone-affected businesses.

Regional Business Partner Network(external link)

Support for farmers and growers

Farmers, growers and whenua Māori owners can apply for support from the Ministry for Primary Industries to get back on their feet. You cannot also apply for a grant from the cyclone and flooding recovery fund.

Cyclone Gabrielle recovery(external link) — Ministry for Primary Industries

Business helpline

Advice and guidance on support for affected businesses is provided by the Business Helpline, delivered by Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA).

Call 0800 500 362 or email

Small business owners in Auckland who are facing challenges, especially relating to recent weather events, can find support through the online business platform Activate Community.

Join Activate Community(external link)

Mental health support

If you or your employees are feeling overwhelmed or anxious, help is available from First Steps.

Call: 0800 178 783

First Steps(external link)

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