The skilled worker programme
Government has provided $600k to fund skilled on-farm workers and volunteers to assist with recovery from the earthquake up to 31 May 2017.
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.
Earthquake Relief Fund for uninsurable damage to primary industries.
Government has announced $4 million towards a primary industries earthquake relief fund for uninsurable infrastructure repairs as a result of the 14 November 2016 earthquake. All earthquake-affected farmers, fishers and growers in the Hurunui, Kaikōura and Marlborough districts can apply for a grant, which may contribute towards repairs but will not completely cover costs for:
• restoring uninsurable primary sector infrastructure
• re-establishing uninsurable pasture (on cultivatable land only), crops, and forestry
• initial clean-up of silt and debris (where uninsurable).
Workshops are being organised to help farmers and growers learn more about this fund. For more detail and to apply visit the Marlborough District Council website or call your Rural Support Trust.