Earthquake recovery fund launched

Minister announces new fund on 10 May 2017.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Yesterday, the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy, announced new funding available for quake-affected farmers in Hurunui, Kaikoura and Marlborough.

The brochure is here.

The $5 million Earthquake Recovery Fund is divided into two options to give farmers, growers and foresters the right support depending on their needs:

  • Option one – project funding for community groups
    This funding is available for projects that tackle a shared problem or develop a new opportunity in relation to land use. Please note: the Sustainable Farming Fund funding round will open as per scheduled later this year.
  • Option two -  Advisory services funding for land owners and land managers
    This funding is available for land owners and land managers to access advisory services to help with long-term land use planning and technical advice. We are currently taking expressions of interest for potential suppliers of professional advisory and consultancy services. To register interest, email funding@mpi.govt.nz or call 0800 00 83 33 and ask to speak with an investment adviser. A list of MPI approved suppliers will be available from early Auguist for land owners and land managers to refer to.

For more information on both of the options, visit www.mpi.govt.nz/Kaikoura-earthquake.

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Farmstrong events

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Living well is the key to farming well. Come and hear about Farmstrong:

Kaikoura - Wednesday 25th May

Waiau - Tursday 25th May

Cheviot - Thursday 25th May

 

 

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Free home insurance advice service for North Canterbury

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

A free and independent advisory service is being established to assist North Canterbury residents with their home insurance claims.

The pilot programme will be set up to deal with the specific insurance needs of residents following the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on 14 November 2016.

The new advisory service in North Canterbury will be funded by the Crown but led and resourced by Community Law.

Residents will be able to receive advice through face-to-face meetings with Community Law staff at a local hubs.

The government is working with the local authorities in Hurunui, Kaikoura and Marlborough to establish the local hubs and determine the best locations for these hubs.

The service, which was announced on 21 April by Civil Defence Minister and Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Gerry Brownlee, will incorporate the experiences and learnings from the Residential Advisory Service (RAS), which has successfully assisted thousands of Christchurch residents with their insurance claims after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

Residents who would like to discuss this service directly with Community Law can ring them:

0800EQLEGAL (0800 3753425).

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Info and events for earthquake-affected farmers

as at 3 April 2017

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson
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News & Alerts

MYRTLE RUST

Myrtle Rust in Taranaki

Monday, May 22, 2017

Author: Marcia

Myrtle rust response - Media update 22 May 2017

Please attribute any material in this update to Geoff Gwyn, Director, Response, MPI

MPI continues to encourage members of the public to report any suspected signs of myrtle rust to MPI's Exotic Pest and Disease Hotline on 0800 80 99 66. Do not touch the rust or the plant. Note the location and take photos of the symptoms and the plant.

Information is at: www.mpi.govt.nz/myrtlerust

 

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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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Information and help for farmers and growers affected by ex-Cyclone storms and flooding

As at 10am, Thursday 11 May

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Whakatane District Recovery Project: Help to reduce biosecurity risk for your property and the catchment post flooding 

Contact your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP) if you think you or someone you know could do with a private and confidential chat. 

Other contacts

  • Call Federated Farmers' helpline on 0800 327 646 option 3 for feed offers or requests, or option 4 for other on-farm help, including stock movements, generators etc.
  • Farmers needing support with their NAIT account should get in touch with the OSPRI contact centre on 0800 482 463

  • Kiwifruit growers contact NZKGI on 0800 232 505

  • Other growers can contact HortNZ on 0508 467 869

  • Dairy farmers can contact DairyNZ on 0800 4 324 7969

  • Fonterra suppliers call 0800 656 568

  • Open Country suppliers call 021 272 1558

Boil water notices have been lifted.

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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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