Trust Tairāwhiti has welcomed the Government’s funding announcement today to help businesses following the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle.

The Government is providing $25 million in grants to help businesses in cyclone-affected regions across Aotearoa to get back on their feet. This is part of the initial $50 million emergency package previously agreed by Cabinet.

Trust chief executive Gavin Murphy says it’s fantastic the Government has listened and is supporting regionally-led solutions.

“Since the cyclone hit we have been working hard behind the scenes with affected businesses and sectors to understand the impacts and share this data with the Government to show the significant challenges and losses for our business community.

“We are humbled that through our strong existing relationships, the Government has confidence for Trust Tairāwhiti to deliver this for our region,” he said.

“We know our businesses are hurting so we’ll be working around the clock to stand up online applications within the next few days.

“There are still major challenges with connectivity and access in the region. Some people are still dealing with losses and damage to their homes, in which case their businesses may not have been the immediate priority. We will ensure applications are processed with an equity lens so all businesses who need help can access this funding.

“We’ll be getting out kanohi ki te kanohi to make sure our business communities are informed across Te Tairāwhiti, outside of our primarily online application process,” Mr Murphy said.

“On behalf of all the regional organisations stepping up to get this support, I’d like to acknowledge Minister Robertson and our regional cyclone minister Kiritapu Allan for backing us.”

More details, including the amount available to this region, will be released as soon as more information is available from the Government.

The agencies distributing the business support grants will be:

  • NorthlandInc
  • Auckland Business Chamber
  • Toi Economic Development Agency
  • Thames Coromandel District Council
  • Trust Tairāwhiti
  • Hawkes Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • Tararua District Council