Unforeseen Financial Hardship

If you’re having problems meeting your existing Midlands loan repayments or think that you may experience difficulty doing so in the near future please use the form below.
If you leave it too long you may not be qualify for help.

If you’re experiencing or likely to experience significant financial hardship, you might be able to withdraw some of your savings from your KiwiSaver scheme. You must meet the eligibility criteria and provide documentation to support your application. You’ll also need to complete a statutory declaration and have this signed by a person authorised to take a statutory declaration. Talk to your KiwiSaver provider for more information.

As a current Midlands customer, you are able to apply for assistance if you experience unforeseen problems such as:

  • illness
  • loss of employment
  • the end of a relationship
  • natural disaster
  • other reasonable cause

You must reasonably expect that a change to your lending agreement would enable you to meet your obligations going forward and not put you in further hardship. We will consider this as part of your application.

Application Form

Or Contact us to ask for one to be posted to you. 

Once the form has been completed you can either:

  • Drop it off at the Midlands Funds Management office: 1/111 Karamu Road North, Hastings
  • Post it to Midlands Funds Management, PO Box 609, Hastings 4256
  • Email it to loans@mmt.net.nz
How We Can Help

Some of the things we may be able to offer are:

  • An extension of the loan term
  • A postponement of repayments for a specified period
  • Extension of both the loan term and postponement of repayments for a specified period.

If you have questions about this process, you can find out more information in our frequently asked questions section (below) or contact our Customer Care team on 0800 870 326, between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Information For Budget Advisers And Authorised Third Parties

If you are a budget adviser or third party you are also able to complete the Financial Hardship Application form with the borrower’s consent.  For further information please call our Customer Care team on 0800 870 326, between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve answered some common questions you might have about the Unforeseen Financial Hardship process.

No. KiwiSaver has its own dedicated significant financial hardship application process. To find out more information on that process, please talk to your KiwiSaver provider.

This will depend on the solution offered, if any. For example, whether the term of your loan is extended, and/or you are offered a repayment holiday for a fixed period of time.

Assistance is determined on a case by case basis and could include reduced repayments and/or term extension.

This means that you may be able to pay back your loan over a longer period (which would reduce your monthly payments, but increase the overall cost). You may also be allowed to pay reduced payments or just the interest payments for a period (which would reduce your monthly payments, but increase the overall cost).

There are many options available to you before completing an application with us. We’ve included some options below for consideration:

If you’ve lost your job and have income insurance cover, get in touch with your insurance provider to see if you’re covered for loss of income.

Obtain independent, free debt advice from organisations such as NZ Federation of Family Budgeting Service, and Citizens Advice Bureau etc.

Keep to any payment plan you have agreed to. If your circumstances change that may affect your payment arrangement, let us know. Please be aware that if you don’t keep up with your repayments, Midlands may enter into possession of, and/or sell the secured property. You will remain personally liable for any shortfall.

Make sure you keep anyone guaranteeing the loan(s) up to date with what is happening.

Once we have received your application, we will acknowledge receipt of this in writing within five working days.

You can download the form and return it via email to loans@mmt.net.nz, drop it into the Midlands Funds Management office, or send it by post to:

Midlands Funds Management
PO Box 609, Hastings 4156

We will acknowledge receipt of your application in writing within five working days.

Applications are assessed on a case by case basis and we may require further information and/or documentation to be able to complete our assessment, for example:

  • WINZ documents
  • medical information
  • proof of income and expenditure

Collection notices and phone calls will continue until your application is accepted. It is important that, where possible, you maintain your repayments to avoid the risk of escalating debt and any additional interest or charges being incurred.

Yes. If you provide your consent, we can discuss and negotiate a solution with your nominated representative, such as a budget adviser or other third party.

Once your application has been assessed, we will advise you of the outcome in writing. If your application has been declined, we will also provide the reason for this in writing.

Please note that even if your application does not meet the eligibility criteria for an unforeseen hardship application under the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003, we may be able to provide other assistance on a case-by-case basis.

You also have the right to apply to the court to make changes if you have made a financial hardship application and you do not agree with the outcome.

We will try to let you know the outcome of your application as soon as we are able, but no later than 20 working days after we receive a valid financial hardship application from you, provided we do not need any further information from you.

Sometimes, we may require further information from you to assist us to consider your application. If we do, we will request this further information within 10 working days from the date we received your application. In this case, we will try to let you know the outcome of your application as soon as we are able, but no later than:

  • 10 working days after receiving the further information requested; or
  • 20 working days after making the request for further information,

whichever is the later.