Mayoral Relief Fund Applications invited

In a Media Release yesterday, Government announced a further contribution of $100,000 to be distributed via the Mayoral Relief Fund to support Buller District residents most affected by the severe weather over the last fortnight.

“It is still too early to know what the full costs of the damage from this event will be, but we want to ensure there is no delay in supporting those worst affected,” Minister for Emergency Management Kiri Allan said. “I know this latest flooding has been devastating for many people still trying to recover from last July’s floods.

“It is another unwanted upheaval and there will be another challenging recovery ahead. Still, while our current focus is on the response, I can assure you we’re here for the long haul. The Government has been actively supporting the Buller District Council with its recovery following the July 2021 floods and we will continue to work to support them where we can and help the community get back to some normality as soon as possible.

This latest response has required another massive effort involving many people and agencies. I want to thank everyone involved – from friends and neighbours helping each other out to emergency crews on call throughout – you’ve done an absolutely fantastic job.”

The contribution to the Mayoral Relief fund will ensure the council can provide support quickly to those most in need.

Who can apply:

The Buller Mayoral Relief Fund is making grants to individuals, families and organisations affected by the recent weather events.

How to apply:

Pick up an application form from The Community Hub or download the relevant Mayoral Relief Fund application form below:

Please note: proof of bank account is required.

Staff at the hub can help you fill in the form if you need assistance.

How long does it take?

BDC will do their best to process your application quickly. In most cases, funds can be paid into your nominated bank account within three working days after the application has been approved.

Additional Support:

Depending on circumstances, additional support may be available through The Community Hub, Temporary Accommodation Services (TAS), Work and Income and other agencies. You do not need to be on a benefit or a low income, to register for support and assistance.

The Community Hub 175 Palmerston Street Westport | Open 9.30am – 4pm weekdays | phone 0800 768 348