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.


Outreach visits to affected farms and orchards are happening this week. Call your Rural Support Trust (0800 78 72 54) with information about your farm or to ask for help.

Your local rural support trust is 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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