Criteria and application form for the fund established to assist people most severely affected by the Pigeon Valley fire event.
Information about different agencies and assistance:
The Council has a policy allowing it to consider rates remissions for properties severely affected by a natural disaster. If your home or other buildings have been rendered uninhabitable and you cannot continue to use your land as a result of natural disaster, you may be eligible.
Anyone in a rural area who feels they need support can also contact the Rural Support Trust for a confidential chat on 0800 787 254. The service is free.
If you are facing financial hardship from additional costs or loss of income as a result of the event, give Work and Income a call on 0800 559 009.
Everyone’s circumstances are different so the type of assistance available varies from case to case. If you are already receiving a benefit or superannuation then Work and Income might need to review what you’re currently receiving or check what else you might be entitled to.
You may also be eligible for a billeting payment if you are looking after friends or family who can’t get home. You don’t have to be on a benefit to qualify for financial assistance, although most assistance is income and asset test.
You can phone Work and Income on 0800 559 009 or if you’re receiving NZ Super, phone 0800 552 002.