Clevedon / Coromandel weather bomb update

as at 28 March 2017

Published on Thursday, March 9, 2017

Minister Nathan Guy has classified the impact of the storm as a medium-scale event.
Contact your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP) with information on the impacts or requests for help
  • Ensure stock and domestic animals have food, water, and shelter where necessary, and are secure. Ensure that all stock injuries are promptly attended too, after human needs are met.
  • Farmers who are short of feed or who have feed to donate or sell can call the Federated Farmers FEEDLINE (0800 327 646) and select Option 2 to list on either the “Feed Wanted” or the “Feed Available” record.

Your property

  • Look for and report broken utility lines to appropriate authorities. Treat all lines as live.
  • Take notes and photographs of damage. Lodge insurance claims as soon as possible.
  • Assess damage to water supply and reticulation systems. Which troughs are contaminated with silt and will need cleaning?
  • Assess damage to access lanes, tracks, gateways, culverts and fences. What clearing away of flood debris is needed?
  • Assess damage to pastures, the depth and type of silt.
  • Assess available non-flooded pastures and other undamaged feed reserves.
  • Accept help when offered, and ask for it if you need it.

General health, hygiene and clean up:

  • Throw away food and drinking water that has come into contact with floodwater, including canned goods.
  • Discard wooden spoons, plastic utensils, baby bottle teats and dummies if they have been covered by floodwater.
  • Disinfect metal pans and utensils by boiling them in clean and properly treated water.
  • Make sure to air out and dehumidify your home, as there may be germs and bugs.
  • Take good care of yourself: recovering from a flood is a big job. It is tough on both your body and your spirit. Learn how to recognise and care for anxiety, stress and fatigue.

Financial assistance

Clean-up help through Enhanced Taskforce Green

After the initial emergency, the focus turns to clean-up and recovery. The Enhanced Taskforce Green work programme is being set up to provide assistance with the clean-up.

Local councils, the Rural Support Trust and Work and Income are working together to identify needs and set up Enhanced Task Force Green workers and supervisors to work on clean-up projects. These workers will be job seekers who could be receiving a benefit, or they could be students, or workers displaced from their jobs because of the emergency event – such as farm or factory workers.

Right now, farmers are encouraged to register their needs through Rural Support Trust.

Rural Women NZ Adverse Event and Relief Fund

The RWNZ Adverse Events and Relief Fund is available to individuals, communities and groups, with a particular emphasis on rural women and children. The fund provides financial assistance where there is an identified urgent need due the recent adverse events such as drought, fires, floods or earthquakes:

Technical advice

Seek advice from your consultant and industry body. Some useful tips on dealing with slips and flood damaged pasture:

Your local Rural Support Trust is here to help if you have concerns about yourself, a partner, family member, friend, worker or neighbour. Call for a free and confidential chat on 0800 787 254.

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News & Alerts


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Author: SuzanneOsborne

Business Advice Fund

The Business Advice Fund is available to help fund consultancy or financial advice for farmers and growers who are struggling with the financial viability of their business. This fund is available for growers hit hard by the recent storms and who now find their business in jeopardy.  It is there to help them make sound decisions for the future of their business. Up to $3000 is available from RSTs with matching funding from their bank giving a total of up to $6,000.  Growers should approach their bank in the first instance to ensure they are supportive of their application.  If they are to apply then they should contact their Rural Support Trust.

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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


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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 -

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BOP Rural Connect - Issue #14

Friday, December 11, 2020

Author: JodieCraig
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Categories: National, Bay of Plenty