Rural Support Trusts (RSTs) are here for rural people and farming families across New Zealand.

On any normal day, we know that living and working rurally can be a challenge. Sometimes things can get a bit too much. If this might be you right now, or you are concerned for a family member or friend, call (0800 787254) for a free, confidential chat.

RSTs cover all aspects of rural agribusiness; dry stock, dairy, cropping, horticulture, forestry, poultry, and rural contracting. We support all rural people - owners, managers, staff, and contractors.

Our services are free and confidential.

Who are we?

Many of the trusts were originally formed to support the farming, cropping and horticulture communities during the financial pinch of the 1980s, or after a severe weather event. We have seen it all and have a long history of harnessing our networks to support our rural individuals and communities.

Call us on 0800 787 254 or have a look at your regional page or what we do.

News & Alerts

BOP Rural Connect - Getting through Drought & Covid-19 - Issue #9

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Author: JodieCraig
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Cotter passionate about supporting farmers in need

https://www.odt.co.nz/rural-life/focus-on-farming/cotter-passionate-about-supporting-farmers-need

Friday, June 26, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Passionate about the rural sector and people’s welfare, Southland Rural Support Trust chairwoman Cathie Cotter says the best aspect of her role is being there for farmers.

 

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BOP Rural Connect - Getting through Drought & Covid-19 Issue #8

Friday, June 19, 2020

Author: JodieCraig
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Feed coordination service

https://www.odt.co.nz/rural-life/rural-people/finding-feed-farmers-need

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Sharon Cousins, of Balclutha, is one of four temporary feed co-ordinators appointed by the Ministry for Primary Industries.  Ms Cousins covers the Otago and Southland area while Tammy Johnson, who is based at DairyNZ, Lincoln, is the South Island feed co-ordinator. Two others are based in the North Island. The feed service is an initiative set up by the Feed Working Group, an MPI and industry collaboration to manage the impacts of drought and Covid-19.  However, the continuation of the service is subject to a decision by MPI early next month,  after it evaluates whether it is still needed.

 

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Green drought and a white winter: North Canterbury prepares

- Feed covers in North Canterbury are generally 50-60% of normal levels - Experienced farmers tell newcomers to prepare for snow on top of drought.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Farmers in dry parts of North Canterbury are likely to get a phone call to check in on how they are doing as the region moves from drought to winter, says Claire Ford, coordinator for the North Canterbury Rural Support Trust, who are driving a phone tree campaign.

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BOP Rural Connect - Getting through Drought & Covid-19 Issue #5

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Author: JodieCraig
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