Financial support

Meeting basic everyday needs after an event can be challenging.

Help is available from a number of organisations to support you and your family/whānau financially during tough times.

Work and Income NZ

Helps those in need with:

Financial help factsheets – provided in English, Arabic, Hindi, and several other languages

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If you need to speak to Work and Income NZ in another language, call 0800 559 009 and they will arrange an interpreter for you for no cost.


Also see Housing Support.

Business and tax worries

Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce

Provides support to businesses and employees including:

  • staff wellbeing and support
  • wages and insurance
  • support and advice for migrant staff
  • support for staff who have been directly affected.


Inland Revenue (IRD)

Helps businesses cope after a traumatic event, and can answer questions about personal or business tax related to:

  • Working for Families
  • child support
  • student loans
  • KiwiSaver.

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