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

Will to Live Tour

Dates in the South Island

Monday, July 29, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Don't miss out on joining a Will to Live event.  


Here's the famous minute's silence and barkup in
Ashburton last Friday.




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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


Lance Burdett article in Farmers' Weekly

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Perhaps the biggest hinderance to farmers' wellbeing is their lack of social life, says former police crisis negotiator Lance Burdett, who has begun his tour of the South Island to encourage wellness.


Make sure you book in!


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West Coast Wet classified as medium-scale adverse event.

3 May 2019

Monday, May 06, 2019