Rural People Helping Rural People

Are times a bit tough?  How about talking to someone who really understands the pressures of rural life?

We are local rural people that know from experience that severe weather, finances, relationships, and work pressures can all mount up.

Contact us any time. Call 0800 RURAL HELP - for a confidential chat about you, your business, the weather, your finances; or a neighbour, partner, friend, family member, or worker. 

Our support is FREE

And if you need more than a chat, we can point you in the right direction.

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News & Alerts

Info and events for earthquake-affected farmers

as at 21 February 2017

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Important dates:

  • Earthquake Relief Fund grands for uninsurable on-farm damage deadline 31 March 2017.
  • See the calendar below for workshops on the Earthquake Relief Fund and community events.
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Minister Guy classifies Northland drought as a medium-scale event

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Minister Guy classified Northland’s drought as a medium-scale event on February 3, 2017.

Conditions in the North Island are drier than usual this summer, particularly in Tai Tokerau Northland and eastern areas of Tai Tokerau.  Soil moisture deficits have been present since early December and pasture covers are low.  There is also limited supplementary feed on hand due to the wet spring.  There is unlikely to be much rainfall in February.  

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Want to work on an earthquake affected farm?

The skilled worker and volunteer programme

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Do you have on-farm experience, especially fencing, and want to work or volunteer on an earthquake-affected farm in Marlborough, Kaikoura or the Hurunui? 

Call now on 0800 327 646 (0800 FARMING) to lodge requests for help on the farm, or to offer your help as a volunteer or worker.

What is the skilled worker programme?

Government has provided $600k for the next four months to fund skilled on-farm workers and volunteers to assist with recovery from the Earthquake.

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Applications now open for Primary Industries Earthquake Relief Fund

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Author: SuperUser Account

Government announced $4 million for an Earthquake Relief Fund for primary industries for uninsurable infrastructure repair as a result of the 14 November 2016 earthquake affecting the Hurunui, KaikĊura and Marlborough Districts.

The fund is to assist rural people whose principal income comes from a primary industry which is either well-established or in the developmental stage.

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