Applications to the Nelson Tasman Mayoral Disaster Relief Fund will close on 12 May. The fund set up following the Pigeon Valley and related fires has received $434,066 in donations for distribution.

The fund is open to Tasman District and Nelson City residents, ratepayers or business owners, and not-for-profit organisations, who have suffered financial or emotional hardship as a result of the fire event that began on 5 February 2019. The fund provides assistance on a one-off basis for extraordinary circumstances, where real need can be shown.

It is a last resort measure when people have exhausted other appropriate sources such as Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) and other government agencies.

Since opening for applications in March, the Fund has funded 18 applications totalling $44,793.96 with another 56 applications currently being considered.

To find out whether you can apply to the fund and application forms go to the Mayoral Disaster Relief Fund page.