Horowhenua Mayoral Relief Fund

Horowhenua District Council along with our Government activated a Mayoral Relief Fund to provide financial assistance for those who were impacted by the tornado on Friday, 20 May 2022.

This welfare fund is for people in the Horowhenua area who have suffered as a result of the 20 May 2022 tornado event.

This fund can help with remedying property damage from the tornado or other costs incurred as a result of the severe weather event, including essentials for daily life and costs not covered by insurance.

Assistance may be given to fund:

  • Damaged property
  • Essentials for daily life
  • Costs not covered by insurance
  • Where there is financial burden due to the tornado event
  • Counselling.

Criteria and relevant information

  • Applications must be connected with the 20 May 2022 tornado and within the Horowhenua District
  • Each application will be dealt with on its own merits
  • Only one application per household or organisation
  • Grants will be one-off only
  • When funds are granted, they must be used for the purpose outlined in the application submitted
  • Applicants will need to declare if they have received financial or other assistance, ie from Work and Income – financial assistance, food parcels, or funding from any other organisation in relation to this tornado event (funding source to be specified.)
  • Council will meet its legislative obligations under the Privacy Act 2020 with regard to protecting your information provided in the application.

Applications closed

Applications closed at 5pm on Thursday 30 June 2022.

The Mayoral Relief Fund was open for applications for emergency assistance for individuals, families, groups and community organisations.

1Funds can be allocated to businesses at Council’s discretion.

Processing of submitted applications

You'll receive an acknowledgement email or phone call with a timeframe for the decision. 

The Mayor, along with a special committee, will consider all applications and make the final decisions.

You'll be advised of the outcome through email or phone, and if successful payment will be made into the bank account the following week.

Depending on your circumstances, there are other ways Work and Income (WINZ) may be able to help with matters such as medical costs, bedding, food, rent, power bills, repairs or replacing appliances.

Help may be available to low income earners. Please contact Work and Income to see if you qualify for assistance - they may be able to help without you needing to visit their Service Centre. If you do need to go in, Work and Income will make an appointment and tell you what to bring with you.

Please visit the Work and Income website or phone 0800 559 009. Remember to tell Work and Income if you have been effected by the tornado.


For more information please contact Council on 06 366 0999, we can help you with any questions you may have.