Northland COVID-19 Recovery Fund

The Northland COVID-19 Recovery Fund (Northland COVID-19 Fund) was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding will go towards essential services supporting our most vulnerable Northland communities dealing with COVID-19.

Received funds will be allocated via recommendations from a select Panel including Northland District Health Board, Civil Defence and Ministry of Social Development. Funding will be prioritised for (but not limited to) services that provide welfare support for vulnerable people, families, the elderly, kuia and kaumatua who live in rural and isolated communities.

NCF’s first grant was made in April in response to an immediate need within the Moerewa community. NCF provided $5,000 in funding to He Iwi Kotahi Tatou Trust (HIKTT) so that they can continue to provide care packs to residents living in and around Moerewa. These care packs consist of essentials such as flour, bread, eggs, fruits, vegetables, kumaras and hygiene products. They are distributed to vulnerable families and the elderly in the community. Over 1000 packs have already been given out since 23 March and will continue weekly.

Moerewa is a small town in Northland about five kilometres to the West of Kawakawa. It has a population of approximately 1,500 and over 88 percent of its residents are Maori. The town has been battling with unemployment and poverty due to restructuring and the loss of rural services over the years. These pre-existing conditions compounded with the current COVID-19 situation have made life even harder for the locals living in Moerewa. Please click here for a link to our most recent Media Release about our grant to the Moerewa community:

NCF also granted $5000 to One Double Five Community House for their 155 Open Arms service so that they can continue to feed the homeless and many vulnerable families in Whangarei.

155 Open Arms – Te Ruruhau Onga Ringa Ringa Tuwhera is the day care centre in Whangarei that provides food, shelter and other services for people who are homeless or living rough. It is a place where people in crisis can connect with various health, housing and community services. Click here for the full Media Release:

Multicultural Whangarei also received a grant to help new migrants and international students who do not qualify for government support and are now unemployed during this time of crisis. It is providing food vouchers and mobile top-up vouchers to these vulnerable groups so that they are not isolated and do not fall through the cracks.

NCF also created the Northland COVID-19 Recovery Patient Support Fund which provides $500 grants towards patients of Northland District Health Board (NDHB) Hospitals. Priority is given to older patients (55 years plus): are living in rural or isolated areas (not limited to), are in a difficult financial situation, have a acute or long-term health condition(s) and have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients may use the grant on (but not limited to) accommodation, groceries, internet connecting devices, utilities, etc. NCF will pay on receipt of invoice. Social workers and nurses from Northland hospitals will identify potential recipients of this fund. Click here to see our latest media release about this Fund:

Please note, if a donor has a different purpose they would like their donation to go towards, please get in touch with us here:

All grants are dependent on donations from our community. If just 10 percent of Northland’s population donated $100 each, the COVID-19 Fund would be able to provide over $1 million in funds for Northland’s most vulnerable communities.  Please give your support today! Click here to donate now:

You can also donate on our Givealittle page.

We realise everyone is under immense pressure right now, so we just want to remind you that you can receive a receipt and request 33 percent tax rebate from the government for your donation. Go to the IRD’s website to get your refund.

We would greatly appreciate any support that you are able to give during this extremely difficult time. With your donation we will be able to support our most vulnerable population in Northland.

The COVID-19 Recovery Fund will deliver essential resources to a variety of urgent and emerging needs in our communities. The distribution of this important community wide response will be managed as effectively and efficiently as possible by Northland Community Foundation. There will be some costs in the delivery of this recovery fund, but we expect the costs of delivering this crucial support will be no more than 10 percent. We are 100 percent committed to getting donor funds to those who really need it and look forward to partnering with you to make a real difference where it is most needed.

Thanks to a major anonymous donor, Foundation North, Tindall Foundation, and the Warehouse Ltd for your support of the Northland COVID-19 Recovery Fund: