Hastings mayor Sandra Hazlehurst has welcomed the announcement today that the Government will provide an interim payment to support homeowners displaced by Cyclone Gabrielle when their insurance payments for temporary accommodation run out.
The interim payment will be available from September 4 this year, paid weekly and directly to homeowners, and set at 100 per cent of the region’s average rent. The payment is able to be back-dated to June1, 2023, dependent on when insurance payments expired.
“We know that our people who have not been able to return to their homes have been finding it extremely stressful, both financially and emotionally, wondering how they will manage while their homes are being repaired and they await decisions on the future of their properties,” Mrs Hazlehurst said.
“I raised my concerns with Government to see what they could do to assist with this difficult situation, and I am pleased that they have responded. This goes some way to helping more of our impacted residents cope and get through while the land categorisation decision-making process continues.”
The interim payment will be known as North Island Weather Events – Temporary Accommodation Assistance (NIWE TAA). MSD can be contacted from August 21 to make an appointment to discuss their situation.
Payments are not taxable and will not affect Working for Families and most other social assistance entitlements.
19 July 2023
Disclaimers and Copyright
While every endeavour has been taken by the Hastings District Council to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up to date, Hastings District Council shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of information on this website. Information contained has been assembled in good faith. Some of the information available in this site is from the New Zealand Public domain and supplied by relevant government agencies. Hastings District Council cannot accept any liability for its accuracy or content. Portions of the information and material on this site, including data, pages, documents, online graphics and images are protected by copyright, unless specifically notified to the contrary. Externally sourced information or material is copyright to the respective provider.
© Hastings District Council - / +64 6 871 5000 / email@example.com