Auckland businesses offered $5 million floods support package

Priyanca Radhakrishnan

Priyanca Radhakrishnan

Wellington, February 20, 2023

“Damages caused to public and private property by the recent floods have been significant”- Auckland Council Photo from Facebook

The weather events in Auckland over the past month have been unprecedented and understandably disruptive for everyone. 

However, we know that the damage to buildings and the safety of staff has had major impacts on all our small businesses, including ethnic businesses.

In response, the government is providing a $5 million emergency support package to help businesses significantly affected by the recent flooding in Auckland. The package includes $3 million for flood recovery payments, $1 million for mental well-being support through a boost to First Steps and a further $1 million for small business advice focused on continuity resilience.

We know that businesses in Auckland know what is best for their sector and that is why the government worked with key stakeholders across the Auckland Region to develop the package.

Recovery from the impact of these events will take time. Our priority is to support those who have been significantly affected – businesses, whānau, and communities – to recover.

If you are an ethnic business and you want more information to access this support, please contact the Auckland Business Chamber or the Employers and Manufacturers Association.

Inland Revenue will continue to provide support where needed and will waive penalties for late payments for Auckland, Northland, the Bay of Plenty, Thames/Coromandel and Waikato.

Inland Revenue provides services in most languages, if you need language support make sure to ask for an interpreter.

We also know that Cyclone Gabrielle has added new pressures and caused additional devastation. The government continues to review the needs of impacted communities and consider further support if required.

Work by community groups

We are fully committed to supporting communities, businesses and households to get back on their feet. Our local community groups have already come together to support those who need shelter, translation, food and other essential supplies.

We know that this comes at a cost and that is why we have announced further funding to local community groups to ensure that culturally appropriate support can be continued through the recovery phase.

Please do reach out and seek support if you need it. If you feel that you are in a position to support others, there are many community organisations that would welcome that support.

It is a long road ahead, but we will get through this – together.

Priyanca Radhakrishnan is a Member of Parliament elected from Maungakiekie and Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities, Minister of Communities and Voluntary Sector and Minister of Youth.

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