Buller District Council

Mayoral Relief Fund takes new direction

8th September, 2021

Funding criteria for Mayoral Relief Fund (MRF) has been extended to provide financial assistance for essential needs not covered by insurance.

Moving into the recovery phase, Mayor Jamie Cleine anticipates that the needs will become more targeted, especially as those who are uninsured seek support to re-establish their homes.

Mr. Cleine says: “Adapting the criteria will ensure that the fund meets the current need of our flood-affected community.”

Flood-effected residents can make a further application for essential needs, not covered by insurance under the new criteria, even if they have already received a payment from the MRF.

Mr. Cleine says: “The recovery team and the MRF committee will continue to work together to support those most in need and ensure the fund is used as intended.”

The fund is distributed through a committee, chaired by Deputy Mayor Sharon Roche, to ensure that the fund reaches those in immediate need of support.

Deputy Mayor Sharon Roche says: “It was important in the early days, following the flood, that we got the funds out to those affected as quickly as we could. Now we need to adapt the fund to support our community through the recovery.”

Following the July 2021 flooding event, Acting Emergency Management Minister Kris Faafoi announced that central government would contribute $300,000 toward the MRF to assist those affected by flooding.

To date, the community lead fund had received over $394,000 in donations, from individuals, family businesses, give a little campaign, and large corporates.

Mayor Jamie Cleine says:” The support has been overwhelming, and I wish to thank all those that have contributed to the fund. Every donation made a huge difference to our flood-affected community.”

More than $233,000 was released from the MRF, supporting more than 400 recipients to date (8 September 2021).

Application forms are available from the Community Hub, Council offices, recovery staff, through calling the recovery team on 0800 768 348, or on council’s website www.bullerdc.govt.nz.

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For more information please contact
Buller Mayor
Jamie Cleine
Jamie.cleine@bdc.govt.nz

 

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