Information and assistance for whānau post earthquake

Read more for a range of funds and initiatives to assist whānau and friends who are responding, recovering, rebuilding and providing support following the earthquake on Monday, 14 November.

Updated 30 November 2016.

Published: Wednesday, 16 November 2016 | Rāapa, 16 Whiringa ā-rangi, 2016


Emergency legislation for earthquake response

Daily updates from Kaikoura District Council


Kaikoura emergency access road (inland route 70 - controlled access only)

Ngāi Tahu update

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu have posted a message form their Kaiwhakahaere, Tā Mark Solomon with links for their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Civil Defence payment

If you and your family are affected by an emergency event (e.g. earthquake or flooding) and a Civil Defence emergency has been declared, or the event meets the guidelines for a Civil Defence emergency, you may able to get a Civil Defence payment.  You don't have to be on a benefit to qualify for a Civil Defence payment.  In most cases it doesn't matter what your income is or what assets you have. Click here for more information.

Across government support

There is also a range of assistance and support while managing the impact of the earthquakes including a helpline; counselling and support; financial support for individuals, businesses and sole traders; and other support for businesses and sole traders.

Resources from the Ministry of Education on psychosocial support for children, parents and teachers

Earthquake insurance advisory: Temporary Accommodation

The Insurance Council of New Zealand advise people who have uninhabitable homes due to earthquake damage to contact their insurer directly for help with temporary accommodation. 

Web links

An extensive range of web links providing high quality information to assist you, and those you support, through tough times following earthquakes and aftershocks.  This includes tips for children and young people.

Te Puni Kōkiri regional offices

All Te Puni Kōkiri regional offices are open and operating post-earthquake on Monday, 14 November, except our offices in Christchurch, Invercargill and Nelson who are assisting the efforts in the affected regions.  Our regions offices’ contacts can be found here.

Te Puni Kōkiri national office

Te Puni Kōkiri national office in Wellington, 143 Lambton Quay is closed and re-opens on Monday, 21 November.  If you need to contact us before then, please email us at

Staff working out of Te Papa Kai at national office.

Te Puni Kōkiri support in affected regions

Te Puni Kōkiri regions are supporting the affected regions.  Christchurch staff are providing on-site support in Kaikōura alongside Ngāi Tahu and Civil Defence.  Staff from the Nelson office are providing on-site support with the efforts in Blenheim.

Te Puni Kōkiri are also looking at what further support could be provided in the affected regions.