Rural flood recovery response event this Wednesday afternoon

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

4/13/2017 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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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Weather warning - during and after snowstorms

As at 21 July 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

After snow and ice 

It's all hands on deck!

  • Call your local Rural Support Trust for free confidential conversations on 0800 787 254
  • Look after yourself, your family, workers and neighbours. Ask for help and accept it when offered.
  • Ensure stock and domestic animals have water, food, shelter, and are secure.
  • Ensure that all stock injuries are promptly attended too, after human needs are met
  • Look for and report broken utility lines to appropriate authorities. Treat all lines as live.

Keeping on after a snowstorm

MPI has animal welfare recommendations here (pdf)

Beef+Lamb and Dairy NZ provide some good advice on their websites.

www.dairynz.co.nz/feed/seasonal-management/spring-management/magnesium-calcium-and-energy/

www.beeflambnz.com/Documents/Farm/Metabolic%20disease%20in%20ewes.pdf

Some handy tips from farmers who have been there, done that...

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Update: Bay of Plenty Primary Sector Recovery Grant closed

As at 10 July 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

The Bay of Plenty Primary Sector Flood Recovery Grant applications have now closed and all grants – of either $2000, $5000 or $10,000 - have been distributed.

Fully completed applications that met the eligibility criteria were assessed by a Technical Panel. The technical panel made recommendations to the final Assessment Panel, who made the final grant decisions.

All assistance for flood-affected people and businesses is listed on Whakatāne District Council’s website: www.whakatane.govt.nz/residents/whakatane-district-recovery-project/recovery-support-and-funding-assistance.

To talk about your options including from Work and Income and Inland Revenue, as well as other forms of support, please talk to your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 787254 (0800 RURAL HELP). 

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Updates for farmers affected by flooding and storms in April

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

What's happening in the rural sector?

Discussions are continuing with local stakeholders and Government to identify other ways to help flood-affected Bay of Plenty farmers recover from the April storms.

While farmers in the region are no stranger to floods, the combined effects of the April storms was beyond normal planning for heavy rain and flooding in many areas.

This is why the Minister for Primary Industries classified it as a medium-scale event. This classification means that additional recovery assistance measures were made available directly following the storms, including:

  • Enhanced Task Force Green teams to help with cleanup
  • Funding for the Rural Support Trust to coordinate recovery activities and events
  • Rural Assistance Payments for extreme hardship
  • Tax flexibility.

Financial support available to all New Zealanders is also available, and farmers whose incomes have changed are urged to talk to Work and Income about their options.

This flyer has information about other support available.

Contact your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP) for a free and confidential chat about your needs or someone you are concerned about.

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News & Alerts

Flooding in rural Otago and Canterbury

as at 10am 26 July 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Useful contacts for rural people affected by flooding:

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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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Rural flood recovery response event this Wednesday afternoon

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

4/13/2017 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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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GoodYarn

A short, practical workshop for those who regularly talk to farmers as well as those living and working on farms or in rural communities

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Author: WandaLeadbeater

The workshops are aimed for anyone living or working in rural communities including: - 

  • farmers

  • rural employers and contractors 

  • stock agents and contractors 

  • agribusines professionals

 

 

 

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