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Help for businesses to recover after a natural disaster

Last updated: 8 March 2024

 

Many businesses have been affected by severe weather events in Auckland. However, help is available.

Business advice and help

Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Business Community

Small businesses can join this community to access resources, support and advice. This includes regular updates on grants and relief programmes, and advice about staff leave, employee payments, insurance and more.

A range of events, webinars, workshops and other initiatives are also available.

Learn more by visiting the Activate website or phone 0800 500 362.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

A range of resources are available for business owners on the MBIE website.

Connected.govt.nz

Connected.govt.nz connects business owners to a range of support.

Business continuity

Prepare your business for a natural disaster or disruption with the Auckland Emergency Management Business Continuity Planning Guide [PDF 634KB].

Financial help

Back to Work grants

Applications for the Back to Work grants being distributed by Auckland Business Chamber closed on 10 May.

These grants were part of the government's business support package to help businesses:

  • continue operating
  • successfully recover from the affects of severe weather
  • maintain cashflow.

Help for meeting tax obligations and tax relief

The IRD may be able to help with penalties, interest and changes to provisional tax.

Visit IRD website to learn more.

Contacting the IRD

A dedicated IRD phone number has been set up for help following significant events.

Contact the IRD directly or through your tax agent on 0800 473 566.

Alternatively, include 'flood' in the subject line of your myIR messages. These messages will be prioritised.

Prepare for future weather events

See the Auckland Emergency Management website to learn about what you can do to prepare your business for future severe weather events and emergencies.

Help with mental health

Look after your mental health and wellbeing.

See First Steps if you or your employees are feeling overwhelmed or anxious.

Insurance

Advice

Better understand business insurance to make sure you have the right policies in place.

Download Are you Covered? [PDF 1.36MB].

Claims

Register insurance claims as soon as possible.

Business insurance can cover:

  • property damage
  • lost or damaged stock
  • equipment or goods owned by others
  • vehicles.

It can also provide payments to businesses that are unable to operate.

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