Anyone affected by the Nelson/Tasman fires can now call the Government Helpline 0800 779 997.
The MSD-run helpline is available from 7am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.
Kay Read, Group General Manager Client Service Delivery, says people affected by the fires don’t have to be on a benefit
to get help from MSD.
"We’re here to offer support to anyone who’s finding it hard to meet urgent costs. These may include accommodation,
food, bedding, clothing and transport.
"You can call 0800 779 997 if you’ve been affected by the Nelson/Tasman fires and would like help, are struggling to
support yourself or your family, or you’d like more information about how we might be able to help you.
"If you’re experiencing hardship as a result of the fires, we’re here to help you and we want to hear from you on 0800
For more information on fires-related support available from MSD, check the Work and Income website
or MSD’s Facebook
For general enquiries that aren’t related to the Nelson/Tasman fires, please call the Contact Centre on 0800 559 009.