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Hawke's Bay Disaster Relief Fund

The Hawke's Bay Disaster Relief Fund is open and offering up to $10k for HB residents who have faced significant personal costs due to the cyclone. This is the biggest current funding source for residents so apply, apply, apply!


Am I eligible?

If you are a rate-paying resident in a significantly impacted area (Esk Valley, Whirinaki, stickered property), and suffered personal costs not fully covered by other funding (e.g. insurance) - yes. 

What funded

What can I apply for?

See the Relief Fund website for more details but the Fund will mainly be used for:

  • Dealing with septic tank overflows and filling water tanks.

  • Clearing debris from properties including waste, silt or any items that need clearing in relation to Cyclone status.

  • Significant costs incurred on your property not covered by any other grants or income.

  • Replacement of articles that cannot be insured – for example; fences, footpaths, etc.


Some specific examples of things that can be funded:

  • Resurfacing driveway with gravel

  • Contractors to remove silt or other cyclone-related waste

  • Labour costs e.g. manual labourers

  • Trailer hire

  • Skip bin hire

  • Waterblaster hire

  • Wet and Dry vacuum hire

  • Clear/clean up destroyed property

  • Clearing damaged decking

  • Clear/repair of fencing

  • Clear/repair of irrigation/water pump


Things that won't be funded

  • Clean up gear that you would keep – gloves, rakes, spades, wheelbarrows etc

  • PPE gear for volunteers to use

  • Portable toilets for people working on site

  • Generators

  • Security cameras

  • Living costs


What evidence will I need?

Our contacts at the council have told us that they will consider photo evidence with an explanation of cost BUT quotes and receipts are more likely to be successful. 

If you need an invoice/quote for work still needing to be done - below are some contractors who have specifically offered to help with providing quotes for those applying for the Fund.


When will I get an outcome?

We have been told that the review team are meeting every 14 days, so you should not have to wait more than 2 weeks for a decision.


Contractors who can help with quotes

Price estimates

Civil Contractors New Zealand

Civil Contractors New Zealand is an incorporated society that represents  more than 700 member organisations – including large, medium-sized and small businesses in civil engineering, construction and general contracting. It also has associate members who provide valuable products, support and services to contractor members.

All contractors have gone through a vetting process and all MUST adhere to a strict “Code of Ethics”  if they want to be members and any breaches of these codes can have them removed as CCNZ Contractors.

If you do not find what you are looking for on this page, it is recommended that you use the Civil Contractors directory:

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