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Government announces drought support for Canterbury and Otago

Government announces drought support for Canterbury and Otago

The Coalition Government is expanding the medium-scale adverse event classification in place for the Marlborough, Nelson, and Tasman districts to cover the Canterbury and Otago regions, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today.

March 25, 2024 0 Comments
GNS AF8 (Alpine Fault Magnitude 8) Exercise

GNS AF8 (Alpine Fault Magnitude 8) Exercise

Tuesday 5 December saw the Alpine Fault rupture with a magnitude 8 earthquake which could be felt all the way to Wellington. In Lower Hutt, some of NZ’s best geo-scientists and other teams dropped, covered, and held for two minutes. Of course, given no one else felt the event it can be confidently stated this was an exercise!

January 14, 2024 0 Comments
Rural mental health cases spike in Southland - Story by Federated Farmers in the Farmers Weekly

Rural mental health cases spike in Southland - Story by Federated Farmers in the Farmers Weekly

A combination of financial pressures, flooding, employment issues and isolation took a toll on Southland farmers’ mental health at the end 2023.   Southland Rural Support Trust wellness coordinator Rachael Nicholson says the organisation received 31 new cases between August and...
January 12, 2024 0 Comments
El Niño Watch - Podcast Series

El Niño Watch - Podcast Series

NEW WEEKLY PODCAST!  Join forecaster Phil Duncan & Hawke’s Bay farmer & AgriHQ senior analyst Suz Bremner every week as they track latest developments with the El Niño weather pattern & what this means for you.  
October 13, 2023 0 Comments
New Drought/Dry Forecasting Tools

New Drought/Dry Forecasting Tools

A new tool created by NIWA in accord with MPI provides useful weekly and 35-day outlooks for dryness and rainfall based on meteorological data.

Household Emergency Checklist

Household Emergency Checklist

When creating or updating your kit, think about what you and your whānau need to look after yourselves for a week. Imagine you're stuck at home, with no power, no running water, no internet, no cellphone...
Cyclone Gabrielle Recovery - advice, support, and funding from MPI

Cyclone Gabrielle Recovery - advice, support, and funding from MPI

A new package of financial support announced by the Government on 29 June is now available for businesses, orchards, and farms affected by the North Island weather events in early 2023. It’s available to...

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