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Rural Advisory Groups working with CDEM

Published on Friday, December 08, 2017

It’s a no-brainer that strong networks and relationships in peacetime make life easier when things go to pot, and this can be even more important in rural areas.  Variously named Rural Advisory Groups, Rural Coordination Groups, and Primary Industries Clusters have been popping up around the country, and now there’s a concerted effort to build and strengthen these in each region.

Primary industry communities have specific challenges in an event; local knowledge can be critical to managing issues such as geographical isolation, large-scale animal welfare and protecting ongoing productivity.

Who’s in these regional rural groups?

Usually led by a partnership between the regional CDEM Group, MPI and Rural Support Trusts, most have a core group of around ten people, with a much wider group coming together a couple of times a year.

It’s different in each region, but so far Rural Groups can include (and are not limited to):

  • CDEM Group: Group Welfare Manager, Emergency Management Officers, Local Welfare Managers, Group Manager and Group Controller
  • Ministry for Primary Industries
  • Rural Support Trust
  • Federated Farmers
  • Primary Industry groups: DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb NZ,  & other groups (horticulture, deer, goats, pork, poultry)
  • Animal welfare groups: SPCA, NZ Vet Association, Council Animal Control
  • Rural Women NZ, Dairy Woman’s Network, Young Farmers
  • Rural companies: Dairy companies (e.g. Fonterra, Miraka etc), meat companies, the Primary ITO
  • Transport representatives
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • Regional and district councils

 

What’s next?

Groups are on a journey to improve the way systems work to support farmers, so the focus is on quickly getting out the right support to farmers when it’s needed.

Interested? Contact your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP).

 

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Next SRST Meeting

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Author: SuperUser Account

Next meeting of the Southland Rural Support Trust -

General Meeting

Location:  FF Building, Invercargill

Tuesday 12 February 2019

Time:

Trustees Only: 10am

Facilitators and Key Partners: 11am

Stakeholders: 1.00pm

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Flooding watch in north island

24 December 2018 10am

Monday, December 24, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

Monday 10am: Heavy rain for Northland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne from Tolaga Bay northwards.

Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.

Before severe rain

· Keep an eye on weather reports and enact your plans for moving stock and supplementary feed to higher ground if needed.

· Clear gutters and drains where possible

· Have to hand a smartphone, a charger for the car, a torch, and a battery-powered radio

· Check your insurance cover details

 

During a flood or storm

· Keep an eye on https://www.civildefence.govt.nz/ and your regional council websites/facebook or radio station

· The safety of you, your family, and workers comes first.

· Move stock to safety, shelter and water and make sure they can't wander. Are the electric fences working?

· Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities as it can help prevent damage to your home or community. Unplug small appliances to avoid damage from power surges.

· Do not attempt to drive or walk through floodwaters unless essential.

· Check power and phones. Report outages.

· Check dogs, poultry and pets.

· Check on neighbours - do they need help or can they help you?

· Check buildings at risk, feed stacks. · Use generators if necessary to keep pumps, refrigeration, electric fences and household appliances running. Flood pumps may need attention. 

 

Further information:

https://www.dairynz.co.nz/business/adverse-events/flood/

https://beeflambnz.com/news-views/topics/flooding

MPI Animal welfare 

 

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Flooding watch in north island

24 December 2018 10am

Monday, December 24, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

Monday 10am: Heavy rain for Northland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne from Tolaga Bay northwards.

Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.

Before severe rain

· Keep an eye on weather reports and enact your plans for moving stock and supplementary feed to higher ground if needed.

· Clear gutters and drains where possible

· Have to hand a smartphone, a charger for the car, a torch, and a battery-powered radio

· Check your insurance cover details

 

During a flood or storm

· Keep an eye on https://www.civildefence.govt.nz/ and your regional council websites/facebook or radio station

· The safety of you, your family, and workers comes first.

· Move stock to safety, shelter and water and make sure they can't wander. Are the electric fences working?

· Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities as it can help prevent damage to your home or community. Unplug small appliances to avoid damage from power surges.

· Do not attempt to drive or walk through floodwaters unless essential.

· Check power and phones. Report outages.

· Check dogs, poultry and pets.

· Check on neighbours - do they need help or can they help you?

· Check buildings at risk, feed stacks. · Use generators if necessary to keep pumps, refrigeration, electric fences and household appliances running. Flood pumps may need attention. 

 

Further information:

https://www.dairynz.co.nz/business/adverse-events/flood/

https://beeflambnz.com/news-views/topics/flooding

MPI Animal welfare 

 

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Dairy NZ flood information

for Otago and Southland

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

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