A total of $68,300 in grants from the Wairarapa Mayoral Relief Fund has now been allocated to seven applicants, with those in need urged to apply if they need financial help.

Applications for Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment Business Support Grants are now available online at through the Wairarapa Recovery site here.

Money from the Mayoral Relief Fund  is going to affected families and couples – a total of 14 adults and 14 children – with the majority of applicants in the badly affected area around Tinui in Masterton District and one in South Wairarapa.

The money will be used for assistance such as clean-up of flood damage, clearing private road access, silt clean-up, digger repairs, pump replacement, repairs to damaged electric fencing, and loss of income support.

A total of $215,000 is available from the Mayoral Relief Fund, with a further $250,000 provided by the Government for business support grants.

The Wairarapa Recovery Governance Group met this week to discuss Mayoral Relief Fund applications and deputy chair, Carterton Mayor The Hon. Ron Mark encouraged people to apply without hesitation if they needed help.

“Applications are coming in and money is going out – fast. As it should do,” Mr Mark said.

“This money has been generously donated by the community to be used by those who need it, not sit in a bank account. The Governance Group is committed to getting help to people as soon as it can.”

Priority for support is being given to:

  • provision of essentials for daily life, transport needs and household contents
  • rebuild/recovery costs of buildings damaged by water or storm damage
  • essential items not covered by insurance or other funds.

The fund is only available to those affected by Cyclone Gabrielle in February this year.

The purpose of the Business Support Grants programme is to support viable businesses in Wairarapa significantly impacted as a direct result of Cyclone Gabrielle, to assist with specific business needs.

The funding is to address cyclone-impacted businesses’ immediate cash-flow needs, with a secondary objective of positioning businesses for a successful recovery.

The funding is for businesses facing significant cashflow issues due to continued challenges with customer access, ability to source stock, supply chain issues, inability to operate as usual due to physical damage to equipment or premises, or delays in insurance assessment and repairs.

Applications for both forms of financial support can be made through this website with hard copy application forms available at council offices and libraries throughout Wairarapa.