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

Wishbone Pet Food partners with Rural Support Trust to help New Zealand farmers The family-run company is giving $5 for every bag sold of Wishbone Gold, their newest pet food specially made for work

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Author: WandaLeadbeater

Wishbone Gold is the first New Zealand-made pet food using New Zealand ingredients for the country’s working dogs. Deemed as the heart of New Zealand farms, working dogs make a huge contribution to a farmer's success. They work in all weathers, running 60 up to 100 kilometers a day, often at the speed of 20 to 30 kilometers per hour, to guard and herd sheep and cattle.  

To keep their hearts healthy, Wishbone Gold is formulated with Taurine, an amino acid that aids in heart function. Each 20 kg bag is made with 100% free-range New Zealand Beef and Lamb for strong muscles and enriched with Glucosamine for joint health. Working dogs will also benefit from the power of Wishbone Gold’s 8 superfoods: Mango, Papaya, Blueberries, Cranberries, Flaxseed, Rosemary, Basil, and Peppermint. Each superfood helps boost the immune system, maintain a healthy digestive system, and power working dogs throughout the day. 

Bateup is thankful for Wishbone Gold’s support. “Rural Support is a not-for-profit organisation so we are incredibly grateful for the support of Wishbone Gold.  It is a great partnership - just like a farmer with his dog/s. Funds raised from the sale of bags can be utilised across Rural NZ to help make a difference.”

To order your sample go to www.wishbonegold.co.nz

 

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Surfing for Farmers - Southland

Give it a go - Thursday nights on the South Coast

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Author: KatrinaThomas

The popular Surfing for Farmers programme has started in Southland and will be held at either Colac Bay, Riverton Rocks or Monkey Island at 6pm on Thursday nights.

It’s all about getting off farm and learning something new while having some fun! Grab a car load and come down.
🌊 Surfing For Farmers (S4F) is free!
🌊 Lessons, boards, wet suits and H&S provided by local surf school
🌊 Location depends on the where the waves are (Colac Bay, Riverton Rocks or Monkey Island)
🌊 If there’s no waves we will still be at the beach with snorkels and paddle boards

Go to our Facebook Page for more details and the destination on the day - https://www.facebook.com/SouthlandRST

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BOP Rural Connect - Issue #14

Friday, December 11, 2020

Author: JodieCraig
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Step up For Farming

Search Step up For Farming on Facebook or email events@ruralsupport.org.nz for updates

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Author: WandaLeadbeater

Connect, be active, try something new, take notice and give are all great ways to support your wellbeing.   Step Up for Farming is about getting out and about and taking steps towards your wellbeing. 

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Bay of Plenty Rural Connect Issue #13

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Author: JodieCraig
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Take Time to Thrive without feeling guilty

With Loshni Manikam

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Author: WandaLeadbeater

Facilitator Loshni Manikam, who is also a farming woman and a mum of 3 sometimes-lovely children, has set-up Thriving Farming Women to help other women identify and overcome the hurdles that get in the way of them thriving.

Loshni has overcome some of the same hurdles herself and loves sharing the lessons she has learnt along the way. She is a trained coach and facilitator whose work resulted in her being awarded the title of Fonterra Dairy Women of the Year 2018.

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  • 12 October - Whangarei
  • 13 October - Te Kauwhata
  • 14 October - Kaiaua 
  • 16 October - Reporoa 
  • 19 October - Bulls
  • 20 October - Dannevirke
  • 21 October - Hastings
  • 22 October - Tirau
  • 22 October - Urenui (evening session)
  • 2 November - Moutere
  • 3 November - Reefton
  • 4 November - Culverden
  • 5 November - Ashburton
  • 6 November - Timaru
  • 9 November - Mosgiel
  • 10 November - Cromwell 
  • 11 November - Clinton
  • 12 November - Lumsden 
  • 13 November - Heriot 

Space is limited, do not miss out on this free workshop:   https://www.trybooking.com/nz/book/search?keyword=thrive

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