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Primary Industries' Earthquake Relief Fund

Primary Industries' Earthquake Relief Fund for the Hurunui, Kaikoura and Marlborough Districts

Deadline extended

The deadline for to the fund has been extended. Applicants now have until 31 March 2017 to submit an application.

Earthquake Relief Fund Workshops Feb-March 2017

PDF DocumentDates and locations of workshops from 27 February to 13 March

About the Earthquake Relief Fund

Government is providing a $4 million primary industries earthquake relief fund for damage from the 14 November 2016 earthquake. All earthquake-affected farmers, fishers and growers in the Hurunui, Kaikōura and Marlborough districts can apply for a grant to contribute towards uninsurable infrastructure repairs. 

Who can apply?

The fund is to assist rural people whose principal income comes from a primary industry:

  • the primary production of poultry, meat, wool, or dairy products
  • sharemilking
  • arable farming, horticulture, viticulture, forestry, market gardening
  • an orchard, herb or flower growing,
  • apiculture
  • aquaculture and fishing (including pāua, crayfish, finfish)

It does not include hobby farming (such as lifestyle blocks).

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)

This could include: some on-farm access roads, tracks, races, bridges without sides, dams and reservoirs, as these are generally uninsurable.

  • 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 for total 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 $4million available.
  • The maximum any one entity could receive from the fund is $50,000.
  • Funding may be available where the cost of repairs (e.g. 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.

What you should repair now

You don't have to have repairs completed before applying for a grant.

Due to the large quantity of damage the earthquake caused, the total cost of repairs is expected to be greater than the $4 million available. People are advised to make any repairs they can afford now rather than waiting and expecting to receive a grant.

How to apply

Keep or gather any evidence or information you have about the cost of repairs, and that they are

Keep or gather any evidence or information you have about the cost of repairs, and that they are uninsurable.

Fill in the application form and send it by 31 March 2017 to:


Post: PI Earthquake Relief Fund
Marlborough District Council
15 Seymour Street
PO Box 443
Blenheim 7240

Where can I get help with my application?

Workshops are being held in your area to help with applications. Check the calendar of events or go to the Rural Support Trust website to find out when and where the next ones are.

If you have any questions please check the FAQs, and you can contact your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP).

When will I find out if I am successful?

The panel aims to have all applications answered within a month after deadline. Successful applicants will be asked to provide a GST invoice for the agreed sum plus GST to the Ministry for Primary Industries, and the money will be distributed by your relevant council.

Who is on the panel?

Cabinet has appointed a panel to review the applications. These include the three Mayors and a crosssection
of rural expertise:

  • Winton Dalley, Mayor Hurunui District Council
  • Winston Gray, Mayor Kaikoura District Council
  • John Leggett, Mayor Marlborough District Council
  • Katie Milne, Federated Farmers representative
  • Grant McFadden, North Canterbury Rural Support Trust
  • Jansen Travis, Consultant Tambo New Zealand (North Canterbury)
  • Greg Sheppard, Consultant Sheppard Agriculture (Marlborough)
  • Ian Brown, Environment Canterbury Principal Strategy Advisor, Land Management
  • Alan Johnson, Marlborough District Council Environmental Science and Monitoring Manager
  • Jeremy Neild, Ministry for Primary Industries Policy Agent
  • Sir Mark Solomon Ngāi Tahu.

The panel has responsibility for assessing applications against agreed government criteria, and reporting
back on how the funding had been spent once final decisions have been made.

Where can I get assistance if I don’t qualify for a grant?

Support and assistance is available from several different sources, which you can find out about here:

Other forms of assistance include:

  • Contact Federated Farmers on 0800 FARMING to lodge requests for, or offers of, help on the farm. All requests and offers are being managed through their central system. Calls are answered 24 hours a day and they are working with and referring people to the other relevant agencies.
  • Contact your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 RURAL HELP for a free, private and confidential chat. They can come to see you and, if needed, point you in the right direction for further assistance.
  • The North Canterbury and Top of the South RSTs have someone answering the phone 24/7 over the Christmas and New Year period.
  • The Government Helpline is open for calls on all government support available, on 0800 779 997 from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm Monday to Friday.
  • If your circumstances have changed as a result of the earthquake, talk to your accountant, bank, and Work and Income to see what other assistance you may be eligible for.



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