What is the Post Quake Farming (PQF) Project?

Taking the problems the 2016 earthquakes caused farmers and turning it into  opportunity: Creating diversified future-ready farm businesses.


Where is it?

An area of about 100 farms towards the East Coast of the South Island. From South Marlborough through to the Spotswood Basin, and  to the inland Boundary of Kaikoura District and Hurunui District as far inland as Mount Paul Range/Amuri Basin. 

What's it for?

The PQF fund was set up to support local affected farmers turn adversity into opportunity. It is funded through the MPI Earthquake Recovery Fund with support from Beef and Lamb New Zealand and Environment Canterbury.

The 2016 earthquakes left their mark on much of the farming area around North Canterbury and Southern Marlborough. Some farms lost up to 40% of their useable land. Around 30 farms were severely damaged, and infrastructure damage created problems for farmers whose primary income relied on moving stock around.

What's it look like?

Building a prosperous, ethical, and enduring regional economy around multiple land-based enterprises across the area.

  • Diversifying land use to gain revenue from different sources
  • Mapping land and identifying which opportunities exist in different parts, unique to that farm
  • Joining resources and creating opportunities as a community
  • Optimal returns from land resources in the immediate term
  • Develop new enterprises to optimise use of land resources in the long term
  • Effectively link the story of our land and our people to our markets
  • Look after our people so they can have a prosperous future


Find out about our eventsPrevious events

Latest newsletter March 2019

Horticulture workshop April 1, 2

Here's the presentation which Plant and Food gave in Kaikoura and Spotswood a couple of weeks ago.

The next step will be to undertake a high level assessment over all land less than 10 degrees in slope across the project area, with Virtual Climate Station data analysed at strategic locations.

Once this is complete we will do a debrief workshop to discuss next steps.

Forestry and farming integration field day 3.

Flyer on PQF - two sided, print and tri-fold

Latest newsletter 28 June

Sheep performance 4WD tour 20th-21st May

Forestry Field Day April 12

Media release on Forestry Field Day April 12th

Biodiversity on farm 4WD tour 30th April

Integrated farm and forestry 

News & Alerts

Managing through drought

Advice for rural people

Friday, February 14, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

For all drought information refer to Northland Regional Council: 0800 002 004                 




We all know that droughts can be long and relentless. Look after yourself, family, employees, and keep an eye on your neighbours.

Talk to trusted advisors and those who have survived this before, and make use of the help or support.



  • Have a robust and realistic plan and trigger points to take actions. Decisions should be made for animal welfare and farm profitability.
  • Do a feed budget and stick to it, while feeding stock as well as possible.
  • Destocking? Book in as early as possible; in some areas there can be delays of several weeks.

Concerns about your animals? 


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Southern flooding

updates for rural

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

For information about general help check this flyer:

Useful contacts

General information and assistance:

  • Government helpline on 0800 779 997 from 9am-5pm daily, including the weekend.

Animal welfare concerns

Industry body recovery information

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Categories: National, Otago, Southland


Rural Support Trusts - how we can help in the M. bovis programme

We are more than just an ear to listen

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Your regional Rural Support Trust (RST) is on-hand to support farmers being affected by M. bovis.

Our services are free and confidential.

As well as someone to talk to about your concerns, we can help you navigate through the process. We have training in and experience with the M. bovis programme, and know how it works.

Whatever your experience looks like, we can help in many ways including:

  • Trained facilitators who know how the programme works, and the process involved to help you navigate though.
  • Listening to your concerns and issues.
  • Confidentiality.
  • Phone calls, texts, emails – at a time that suits you.
  • Visiting and attending meetings with you.
  • One on one support and wrap around support – for you, your family, and your farming team.
  • Connecting – if we don’t know the answer we will help connect you to people who do.
  • Peer support – connecting with other farmers that have been through the process.
  • Helping you and your family access counselling services.

Depending on the individual farming operation it can be a lengthy process, involving a number of M. bovis Programme teams and RSTs offer support throughout the process and the ability to help shift things along if they get stuck.

We are rural people, helping rural people – we are farming people who understand the challenges of rural life.

Just call 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP). There are Rural Support Trust branches all over the country. Ringing 0800 787 254 will connect you to help in your area.

Supporting Our Rural Community



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Waikato Hauraki Coromandel Annual Fundraiser

Charity Auction & Quiz Night

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Author: WandaLeadbeater

A fun filled night with Sam Cane, Te Radar and the Waikato Hauraki Coromandel Rural Support Team.

For more information please contact 021 180 2995
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Tips from farmers for winter storms

June 2019

Monday, June 17, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Before snow hits

  • Keep an eye on climate predictions and talk to your neighbours.
  • Plan how you will deal with no power (no electric fences, pumps, milking, refrigeration, hot water, cook or heating). If necessary, source a generator.
  • Stockpile what you might need for home and farm to minimise travel:
    • Surplus feed
    • Generators
    • Food and alternative means of cooking and heating for your home
    • Emergency kit.
  • Have a battery-powered radio.
  • Have a smartphone, and know how to use it and how to charge it up in the car
  • If you need to travel any distance, make sure you are well-equipped for the cold and let someone know where you are and when to expect you back.
  • Have a flexible feed plan underway for stock.
  • If you know it’s coming, move stock to sheltered paddocks, especially young stock, to reduce exposure.
  • Make sure stock can access food and water, and you can access them.


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West Coast weather updates

as at 27 May

Monday, May 27, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

To keep update to date with the latest information please use the link below to our public information and emergency situation map.


And follow CDEM's local Facebook page or Website for further information:




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Categories: National, West Coast