Info and events for earthquake-affected farmers

as at 3 April 2017

Published on Wednesday, February 08, 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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Myrtle Rust

Kerikeri myrtle rust response –Daily update 11 May 2017

Monday, May 08, 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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Rural flood recovery response event this Wednesday afternoon

Wednesday 12th April, from 1-4pm, NOTE VENUE CHANGE

4/12/2017 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Author: Terri Anderson

The venue has been changed to the Awakeri Hall, White Pine Bush Road 1-4pm

We will have a ‘rolling’ BBQ, thanks to the FarmSource BBQ and FMG food supplies, and a collection of organisations and networks that are able to provide help of various kinds to rural folk as they begin recovering from the flooding.

We envisage just a short opening address by RST introducing who is present and acknowledging help already received. Then the format will be open for folk to eat and talk for the afternoon.

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Neil Bateup, Chairperson, Rural Support National Council

Rural Delivery radio interview

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Neil Bateup chats about the vital roles of the Rural Support Trusts in this radio interview.

https://www.ruraldelivery.net.nz/stories/Neil-Bateup-Chairperson-Rural-Support-National-Council

 

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Bay of Plenty Primary Sector Recovery Grant

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

The Minister for Primary Industries has earmarked $200,000 to help Bay of Plenty Farmers with recovery following the April floods and storms caused by ex-Cyclones Debbie and Cook.

Primary producers in the area can apply for grants of between $2000 and $10,000 per farming business to help towards costs that primary producers have incurred as a result of the storms. Applications will be administered by the Whakatāne District Council against criteria set by the Government.

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