Enhanced Taskforce Green

The Government has approved mobilisation of the 'Enhanced Taskforce Green' (ETFG) work programme to help businesses and communities clean-up the recent flooding. 


What is Enhanced Task Force Green? 

ETFG provides funding to councils or other authorised agency to employ jobseekers to assist with clean-up
activities following an adverse weather event or natural disaster. The council or agency ensure the workers are adequately trained and supported to complete the tasks and have the necessary tools, equipment, and clothing to do the tasks that are required.


How does it work?

Work and Income identifies suitable recruits as workers and supervisors for ETFG. These workers may be jobseekers, student or workers displaced from their jobs due to the event. A rural industry partner is also on the interview panel to help select suitable candidates. These ETFG workers then provide support to farmers, growers, and other producers where their primary income is derived from land-based activities. Each ETFG work crew is accompanied by a supervisor. Crews assist with clean-up activities such as fence clearance and repair as well as tree and debris removal. Growers need to register their expression of interest in utilising ETFG for their propery. A Rural Support Trust facilitator will then get in contact to discuss the specific details of work needing to be undertaken, including: 

  • The priortity
  • Timing and practicalities
  • Size of crew required
  • How long the crew would be needed for 
  • Any equipment required


What does it cost?
There are no costs to growers for receiving help from ETFG crew. The costs of employing the
workers/supervisor are met by the Government. The crews will also be supplied with their own boots, gloves, spades, hand tools and other light equipment.


How to register your expression of interest: 

If you have been affected by the recent flooding and have clean-up work to do on your land, contact your local Rural Support Trust for more information and to discuss flood support options available to you.

If you are located in South Auckland, Waikato region, King Country, Hauraki and/or Coromandel, call: 0800 787 254 (select option 1, then option 2).