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Cyclone Gabrielle: Farmer and Grower Recovery Grants

Cyclone Gabrielle has caused unprecedented flooding and damage across parts of the North Island. The Government is providing $25 million to help farmers, growers, and whenua Māori owners recover from this event.

Any pastoral or arable farmer or grower significantly affected by Cyclone Gabrielle can apply for financial help from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).


What can this funding be used for?

The purpose of these grants is to get farmers and growers back on their feet as quickly as possible and include:

  • Up to $10,000 for pastoral and arable farmers/growers to help with initial recovery, such as repairs to water infrastructure for livestock, and fencing
  • Up to $2,000 per hectare (up to a maximum of $40,000) to remove silt from trees and vines, support clean-up, and other time-sensitive work to minimise future losses (such as preserving trees in orchards and vines for future production)

Types of costs that can be covered by the grant:

  • Staff costs associated with clean-up
  • Cost of contracting companies
  • Cost of advice to help with clean-up and recovery activities


How to apply

Step One: Complete the application form below, describing the damage and the work being undertaken

Step Two: Email your completed form to funding@mpi.govt.nz  


Once MPI receives your grant request, they will process it. Funds will be paid out if your request contains the information required and is deemed eligible.

If you need help completing your application, you can contact MPI on 0800 00 83 33 or email funding@mpi.govt.nz


Keep good records

You will be required to retain invoices, receipts and quotes for any work undertaken. Also keep a record of your own time spent on recovery work and time spent on recovery work by your employees for any grants approved by MPI.

Note: Services provided by volunteer groups are not eligible for grant funding.


Visit the below links for more Information

Ministry for Primary Industries: Cyclone Gabrielle recovery: advice, support, and funding

Beehive.govt.nz: Government details $25 million to Cyclone Gabrielle primary sector recovery


If you have any questions, please contact your Campbell Tyson advisor or call our 24/7 helpdesk on 0800 883 718.


Source: Ministry for Primary Industries (Last reviewed: 22.02.23) and licensed by MPI for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence