From July 1, the Department of Internal Affairs will be providing, in-kind assistance to Foreign Nationals who have found themselves in serious hardship due to COVID-19.
In-kind assistance will be provided to eligible people to help meet basic needs, such as food and accommodation. Assistance will be made directly to third-parties, such as landlords or power companies, no cash payments will be made.
This will be administered through an online platform, details of which will be available here from 1 July.
New Zealanders in need of support with accommodation costs should in the first instance contact Work and Income New Zealand www.workandincome.govt.nz
Temporary Accommodation Service
If you have been temporarily displaced from your home due to COVID-19 and need support to find short term temporary accommodation, please call MBIE’s Temporary Accommodation Service on 0508 754 163 to register. More information is available at https://temporaryaccommodation.mbie.govt.nz/