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Information and help for farmers and growers affected by ex-Cyclone storms and flooding

As at 2pm, Monday 24 April

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Outreach visits to farms and orchards started Monday 17th April and will continue through this week. Contact your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP) with information on the impacts on your farm, or requests for personal help.

  • Call Federated Farmers' helpline on 0800 327 646 option 3 for feed offers or requests, or option 4 for other on-farm help, including stock movements, generators etc.
  • Kiwifruit growers contact NZKGI on 0800 232 505
  • Other growers can contact HortNZ on 0508 467 869
  • Dairy farmers can contact DairyNZ on 0800 4 324 7969
  • Fonterra suppliers call 0800 656 568
  • Open Country suppliers call 021 860 515

If you’re worried about lost pets due to storms and flooding in the Whakatane region contact the Whakatane Emergency Operations Centre on 0800 306 0500

Boil water notices have been lifted.

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Door-to-door farm visits welcomed as floodwaters recede and costs become clearer

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Door-to-door farm visits welcomed as floodwaters recede and costs become clearer

Teams from the local Rural Support Trust and Red Cross have been documenting destroyed pastures, damaged homes and inundated orchards, as they carry out assessment visits to flood-affected farms and orchards in the Bay of Plenty.

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Bay of Plenty flooding classified as medium-scale event

The Government has today classified the flooding from ex-Cyclone Debbie in the Bay of Plenty as a medium-scale adverse event.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

The Government has today classified the flooding from ex-Cyclone Debbie in the Bay of Plenty as a medium-scale adverse event.

“While the region is still in response mode, it is clear that all primary sectors in the area have been impacted to some extent, with major damage to farm land and infrastructure due to flooding, debris and slips,” says Mr Guy.

Read the full release here

 

 

 
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Boil water notices in the Bay of Plenty

Updates following flooding due to Ex-Cyclone Debbie

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Due to the risk of contamination from flood waters a boil water notice is in effect for the entire Taneatua, Rūātoki and Rangitāiki Plains areas.

This means that people in these areas should bring water to a rapid boil for at least one minute to make it safe to drink.

The affected areas include:
•Te Teko/Mapou
•Edgecumbe
•Awakeri
•Braemar

If a farm in this area is milking, and isn't using boiled water for plant and silo CIP (cleaning in process), please follow instructions from your dairy company or the procedures for dealing with boil water notices in your risk management programme (if any).

Otherwise, MPI recommends that farms will need to use, approved for farm dairies, Sodium Hypo Chloride in the final rinse.

Examples of these products are:

  • XY12  Ecolab
  • Grade Right  FIL

The mix requirements are 5mls per 100 litres of water. This is the same regime that farmers that are on water exclusion follow.

Questions? Talk to your dairy company.  Need help? Talk to your local Rural Support Trust.

DairyNZ has more information on managing following flood.

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Cyclone Debbie's tail in Taranaki

as at 11am Tuesday 4th April

Monday, April 03, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Cyclone Debbie is affecting the hill country areas in North Taranaki, including Whangamomona.

Heavy rain is still expected across the hill country so move stock to safe ground, and keep children home from school if you see risk of slips across roads or high levels of surface water.

The Tahore saddle has flooding across two parts and Marco school is closed

Ring us on 0800787254 if you have any concerns about your farm, workers or neighbours. Take care out there!

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New drought measurement index launched

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy has welcomed the launch of a new tool to monitor drought in New Zealand’s regions.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Minister Guy today announced the launch of the New Zealand Drought Index, developed by NIWA with the support of MPI.

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/new-drought-measurement-index-launched

NIWA has a video showing the index over recent months: https://youtu.be/QIpYMrTbe9E  

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