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Business support for Wairarapa

The government has extended its support package for cyclone and flood-affected businesses to Wairarapa.

The funding will come from the $25 million business support package announced in February.

The funding had previously been available only to businesses in the seven regions most severely impacted by the damage, including Hawke’s Bay and Tararua District.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson said Wairarapa businesses also needed support.

“As further information has come to hand about the extent of the damage, it is clearer that businesses in Wairarapa have also been affected by Cyclone Gabrielle,” he said.

Local MP Kieran McAnulty said the devastation caused by Cyclone Gabrielle had impacted life on the ground from the East Cape to the South Wairarapa coast.

“I’m glad we have been able to get this sorted as fast as possible to help those in need,” he said.

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment [MBIE] has linked with different delivery partners in each region to pay out affected businesses as soon as possible.

Wairarapa farmers and growers have already had access to separate support through the primary sector recovery package.

Flynn Nicholls
Flynn Nicholls
Flynn Nicholls is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age who regularly writes about education. He is originally from Wellington and is interested in environmental issues and public transport.

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