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COVID-19 data

Updated to: 24 March 2020

Hardship grants are emergency payments that we can give to people for things like food and other costs.

These figures cover payments up to 19 March 2020. They will be updated regularly.

Total hardship grants

This table shows the total number of hardship grants identified in our system as being related to the impacts of COVID-19.

Number of clients

Number of grants approved

Total $ granted since March 13 2020

512 546 75,114

Please note, clients can receive more than one grant.

Total regional hardship grants

This table shows a regional breakdown of hardship grants identified in our system as being related to the impacts of COVID-19.

Auckland

East Coast

Bay of Plenty

Central

Northland

Taranaki

Waikato

Wellington

Nelson

Canterbury

Southern

Other

Total

37 9 14 6 16 1 3 6 7 8 9 430 546

Please note:

  • Regional figures are cases in which people asked for assistance through an MSD office.
  • "Other" is assistance provided through our contact centres (these are in multiple regions).