If you need help meeting your accommodation costs (e.g. rent, power or gas) help may be available. How you access this depends on where you are from.
New Zealanders should in the first instance contact Work and Income New Zealand www.workandincome.govt.nz
From 1 July support for foreign nationals will be provided by the New Zealand Red Cross who are working with the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA).
The Visitor Care Manaaki Manuhiri project will provide temporary, in-kind assistance to eligible people to help meet basic needs such as food and accommodation.
People in New Zealand who are on temporary visas may be eligible for this support, if they meet the criteria detailed by the Department of Internal Affairs:
For more information or to apply visit https://foreignnationals.services.govt.nz/ or freephone 0800 RED CROSS (733 276)
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/