Info and events for earthquake-affected farmers

as at 3 April 2017

Published on Thursday, February 09, 2017

 Click on this this pdf flyer for all the information you need.

Need help on-farm as a result of the quakes? Or want to work / volunteer?

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

Government has provided $600k to fund skilled on-farm workers and volunteers to assist with recovery from the earthquake up to 31 May 2017.

Road access and travel

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is managing all roads in and around the affected areas.  For more information, see the NZTA website or contact the NZTA on 0800 44 44 49 or email EQSHRoadInfo@nzta.govt.nz

Other ways to get help and information

  • In an emergency call 111
  • If you are concerned about someone’s stress levels or mental state – your partner, family, neighbour, friend, worker, or yourself - call your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 RURAL HELP (0800 787 254) for a free, private and confidential chat. Trusts have coordinators who are trained to help. They can come and see you at a location of your choice, and, if needed, point you in the right direction for more assistance.  
  • If your circumstances have changed as a result of the earthquake, talk to your accountant, bank, and Work and Income to see other help for which you may be eligible.

EQC land damage information

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News & Alerts

Updates from MPI on M. Bovis

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

The latest media release is here: http://www.mpi.govt.nz/news-and-resources/media-releases/further-moves-underway-to-contain-cattle-disease-mycoplasma-bovis/

In July 2017, MPI detected the bacterial infection Mycoplasma bovis in cattle at a South Canterbury dairy farm. Regular updates are here: www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/alerts/mycoplasma-bovis/

Key contacts

Questions for MPI – 0800 00 83 33 or Email: MBovis2017_Liaison@mpi.govt.nz
Oamaru welfare contact – 027 447 4610 or Email: mbwellbeing@asurequality.com
Rural Support trust – 0800 787 254
Exotic Pest and Disease Hotline – 0800 80 99 66
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Flooding in rural Otago and Canterbury

as at 15 September 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Useful contacts for rural people affected by flooding:

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Farmers joining shave-free for calving Rural Support Trust fundraiser

Donations will go to every RST nationwide - Click this link to donate https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/shavefreecalving2017

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

“When your first calf of the season is born -you have a good, close, shave, then hang up your razor. When the final cow calves, THEN you can get that beard off.”

This is shave-free for calving, the fundraiser launched by Marlborough farmer Lyndon Campbell last year.

“In 2016 we raised nearly $3000 for the Top of the South Rural Support Trust, and we are very proud of that,” says Lyndon. “However we feel there is much room to grow by getting more farmers involved.”

This year he’s going national and is calling farmers from all over New Zealand to get hairy and scratchy along with him (the blokes, at least): https://www.facebook.com/shavefreecalving/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf

 

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Myrtle Rust

Kerikeri myrtle rust response –Daily update 11 May 2017

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Author: Julie Jonker

No significant news to report today.

Ground teams in Kerikeri have completed inspections of the areas extending 500m out from the two confirmed positive sites.

The situation remains that there are still just two known infected properties. The initial nursery in Kerikeri where the myrtle rust incursion was first detected and a neighbouring residential garden.

All other suspected finds that were sampled have tested negative for myrtle rust. This includes a sample from a nursery in south Auckland.

Today field personnel have partnered with local iwi to mount intensive inspections of coastal areas close to Kerikeri for signs of the fungal disease.

The public message remains - if you believe you have seen signs of myrtle rust - DO NOT TOUCH IT or the plant - take a photo of the rust and the plant. Call MPI on 0800 80 99 66.

Full information is at www.mpi.govt.nz/myrtlerust.

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