The Rural Support Trust has set up a bank account - 06 0489 0160308 04 -
specifically for donations to help rural flood victims cover some costs associated with the flood damage.

Can we help with a visit or a call?

Our assistance is free and confidential.

The Bay of Plenty Rural Support Trust was set up for rural people and their families as you respond to and recover from any adverse event. This can be a weather event like a drought or flood, or economic or environmental challenges which affect your livelihoods.

Where just a chat isn’t enough, we are connected to networks and services who can work with you to get back on your feet.

Our specially trained Trust facilitators are all local people who know first-hand the challenges rural life brings. Call us and we will come to you for a private and free one-on-one chat.

The Bay of Plenty Rural Support Trust is a charitable trust that covers Western Bay of Plenty, Tauranga City, Whakatane, Opotiki, Kawerau and Rotorua.

News & Alerts

Weather warning - during and after snowstorms

As at 21 July 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

After snow and ice 

It's all hands on deck!

  • Call your local Rural Support Trust for free confidential conversations on 0800 787 254
  • Look after yourself, your family, workers and neighbours. Ask for help and accept it when offered.
  • Ensure stock and domestic animals have water, food, shelter, and are secure.
  • Ensure that all stock injuries are promptly attended too, after human needs are met
  • Look for and report broken utility lines to appropriate authorities. Treat all lines as live.

Keeping on after a snowstorm

MPI has animal welfare recommendations here (pdf)

Beef+Lamb and Dairy NZ provide some good advice on their websites.

www.dairynz.co.nz/feed/seasonal-management/spring-management/magnesium-calcium-and-energy/

www.beeflambnz.com/Documents/Farm/Metabolic%20disease%20in%20ewes.pdf

Some handy tips from farmers who have been there, done that...

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Update: Bay of Plenty Primary Sector Recovery Grant closed

As at 10 July 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

The Bay of Plenty Primary Sector Flood Recovery Grant applications have now closed and all grants – of either $2000, $5000 or $10,000 - have been distributed.

Fully completed applications that met the eligibility criteria were assessed by a Technical Panel. The technical panel made recommendations to the final Assessment Panel, who made the final grant decisions.

All assistance for flood-affected people and businesses is listed on Whakatāne District Council’s website: www.whakatane.govt.nz/residents/whakatane-district-recovery-project/recovery-support-and-funding-assistance.

To talk about your options including from Work and Income and Inland Revenue, as well as other forms of support, please talk to your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 787254 (0800 RURAL HELP). 

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Updates for farmers affected by flooding and storms in April

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

What's happening in the rural sector?

Discussions are continuing with local stakeholders and Government to identify other ways to help flood-affected Bay of Plenty farmers recover from the April storms.

While farmers in the region are no stranger to floods, the combined effects of the April storms was beyond normal planning for heavy rain and flooding in many areas.

This is why the Minister for Primary Industries classified it as a medium-scale event. This classification means that additional recovery assistance measures were made available directly following the storms, including:

  • Enhanced Task Force Green teams to help with cleanup
  • Funding for the Rural Support Trust to coordinate recovery activities and events
  • Rural Assistance Payments for extreme hardship
  • Tax flexibility.

Financial support available to all New Zealanders is also available, and farmers whose incomes have changed are urged to talk to Work and Income about their options.

This flyer has information about other support available.

Contact your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP) for a free and confidential chat about your needs or someone you are concerned about.

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Ex-Cyclone Donna brings heavy rain warnings

Update as at 2pm, 12 May 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Ex-Cyclone Donna is bringing heavy rain. Keep an eye on the forecast and, if you are prone to flooding, enact your plans.  Whakatane, Rangitaiki, and Tarawera Rivers have reached level 1 and farmers are encouraged to move stock to higher ground.

MPI is working with local stakeholders to monitor the impacts of Ex-Cyclone Donna as the storm hits New Zealand. Farmers and smallholding owners are encouraged to follow their procedures in case of possible flooding on aready saturated ground.

If a flood is likely:

The safety of you, your family, and workers comes first. If your property is at risk from flooding, enact your plans:

  • Moving stock and feed to higher ground
  • Making sure your stock has shelter and water, and can't wander
  • Safely storing or tying down anything that might blow away.
  • Your battery-powered radio at the ready and listening for updates
  • Your smartphone charged up
  • Checking power and phones. Reporting outages. Treating all lines as live.
  • Checking dogs, poultry and pets.
  • Checking on neighbours - do they need help or can they help you?
  • Using generators if necessary to keep pumps, refrigeration, electric fences and household appliances running. Flood pumps may need attention.

General information on managing through flooding is here: http://www.getthru.govt.nz/disasters/flood

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