Adverse events

The New Zealand government helps rural communities and individuals recover from adverse events, including natural disasters, severe weather, and biosecurity incursions. Find out how MPI classifies events, what help may be available, and how you can prepare yourself.


Dry summer in the lower North Island and the West Coast

On 23 December 2017, the Government classified the early dry summer in parts of the lower North Island as a medium-scale adverse event.

On 10 January 2018, the classification was extended to the Buller and Grey districts on the South Island’s West Coast.

The classification gives Rural Support Trusts a funding boost to help serve their communities. That may include activities like organising local events and arranging recovery facilitators to work one-to-one with farmers. Other usual recovery measures, which may include tax flexibility and income assistance options, will be made available as appropriate.

Areas affected

Taranaki Manawatu-Whanganui Wellington West Coast
  • New Plymouth
  • Stratford
  • South Taranaki


  • Rangitikei
  • Whanganui
  • Manawatu
  • Palmerston North 
  • Horowhenua
  • Kapiti Coast
  • Upper Hutt
  • Lower Hutt
  • Porirua
  • Wellington
  • Buller
  • Grey


 Government media releases

Rural Support Trust here to help

Your first point of contact when you need help during or after an adverse event is your local Rural Support Trust.

Types of adverse events

Adverse events can be:

  • storms
  • droughts
  • floods
  • snow
  • volcanic eruptions
  • earthquakes
  • biosecurity incursions.

MPI classifies adverse events on a scale

MPI has 3 classifications for adverse events:

  • localised 
  • medium scale
  • large scale.

This classification helps decide what help will be available and what actions to take.

Find out more about the classifications

Think ahead and be prepared

One of the best ways to speed recovery and build your business and family's resilience is to think ahead and be prepared. It's the responsibility of both individuals and the community to make sure they are as ready as they can be for an adverse event.  

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