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On 11 February 2020, Primary Industries Minister Damien O’Connor declared the drought affecting the Northland Region and the northern part of Auckland down to the Harbour Bridge to be a medium-scale adverse event.

To assist farmers, we're exercising discretion to allow late deposits and early withdrawal from the income equalisation scheme.

Assistance to farmers affected by the drought in Northland and Auckland


We have a range of support in place for businesses, individuals and families affected by the drought.

Extreme weather relief for businesses

Individuals and families


If you have been affected by the drought and are struggling to deal with your tax affairs, please contact us sooner rather than later so we can help. The best way to do so is through your tax agent, or by calling us on 0800 473 566.