Havelock North Gastroenteritis Outbreak

23 August 2016.

Support available from Work and Income

Work and Income may be able to help you with costs you don’t have any other way of paying, even if you’re not on a benefit.

You can find more information (including eligibility criteria) benefits and payments

Even if you don’t think you’d qualify, please call us on 0800 559 009

There may be other options available, and we can point you in the right direction based on your circumstances.

Help with living expenses

If you need something urgently, or get an unexpected bill, and can’t afford to pay for it right now, we might be able to help you even if you’re not on a benefit. It might be for things like medical costs, bedding, food, rent, power bills, repairs or replacing appliances.

You may have to pay the money back depending on your situation.

Loss of Income Payment

We may be able to help if you lose wages because of the gastroenteritis outbreak. For example if you:

  • can’t work because you’re sick
  • have to stay home and look after family members
  • your workplace is closed.

To date Work and Income has helped 75 people and families with the Loss of Income payment relating to the outbreak. The closing date for the Loss of Income payment is 30 September 2016.

Other help

Work and Income also provides other help such as benefits and housing assistance. Everyone’s situation is different, so what you may qualify for depends on your situation.

Contacting Work and Income

If you:

  • would like assistance
  • aren’t sure if you can get assistance
  • are struggling to support yourself, or your family
  • would like more information

Call us on 0800 559 009

We may be able to help you over the phone, without you coming into an office. If you do need to come in and see us, we’ll make an appointment and tell you what to bring.