Our People

The early intervention of a Rural Coordinator can really help find solutions to minimise losses and disruptions, restore confidence and dignity, and facilitate rehabilitation or restructuring. Our Trust is independent, strictly confidential, free and available when you need us.

If you need help or know of a rural family needing help, please contact our Freephone 0800 787 254, or your local trust representative below:

  • East Coast/Gisborne/Wairoa: David Scott JP
    Phone: (06) 868 4840
    Mobile: (0272) 119 941
    Email: treescapefarm@xtra.co.nz
  • Hawkes Bay: Lon Anderson
    Phone: (06) 858 8234
    Mobile: (027) 249 5713
    Email: lonanderson32@gmail.com
  • Tararua: Jane Tylee
    Phone: (06) 376 3825
    Mobile: (027) 3673672
    Email: tylee.jane@gmail.com
  • Wairarapa: Carla Didsbury
    Phone: (06) 304 7215
    Mobile: (021) 171 1442
    Email: cdidsbury@gmail.com

Or you could complete our contact form.

Our Coordinators

David ScottDavid Scott JP

Coast/Gisborne/Wairoa Regional Coordinator

David was active as an Agricultural Recovery Facilitator (ARF) MAF in 2007-08-09 droughts and a coodinator for the East Coast Trust since 2003. His extended involvement with Civil Defence Emergency Management is complemented by in excess of 20 years in local authority with 12 years as Deputy Mayor, Gisborne District Council and a variety of ministerial appointments in Health, Justice and Social Development. David is currently farming a small block in addition to lease-hold fat-lamb horticulture.

Lon AndersonLon Anderson

Hawkes Bay Regional Coodinator

I started work in Otago in the Stock and Station industry . Completed 21 years as a livestock agent. Moved to Waipukurau in 1986 involved in farm finance. Initially with Wrightson Finance, then Trust Bank Eastern and Central, Westpac briefly and then 17 years as Branch Manager of Rabobank managing Waipukurau and latterly Hastings Branches. I finished full time work on 31st March 2016 and have taken the Coordinators role for the East Coast Rural Support Trust, in addition to having my own consultancy company. In my time working with farmers and their families I have experienced everything that can happen in the rural sector. Rural adversity of all types, happens on a regular basis but most farmers can cope and continue to progress, but sadly some need help. My previous role as a rural banker has given me plenty of experience in dealing with a variety of difficult situations and coupled with the yet unknown challenges of the RST role, that experience I trust will be of great assistance.

Jane TyleeJane Tylee

Tararua Regional Coordinator

Jane, who is originally from Scotland and was brought up on the family dairy farm in Dumfries and Galloway, now lives with her husband and two children on their sheep and beef farm at Makuri, East of Pahiatua.  They also farm properties in Central Hawke's Bay.  Farming in two such different climates for 20 years, she is well aware of the stresses related to farming in high rainfall areas and drought prone areas.  Jane has supported the rural community and been an active member of many school, social and sporting clubs committees over the last few years.

Carla DidsburyCarla Didsbury

Wairarapa Regional Coordinator

Carla lives with her husband on their sheep and beef farm in South Wairarapa. She grew up on a dairy farm and continues to hold a strong interest in this industry. Carla has a Bachelor of Social Work from Massey University and has worked in a number of community health roles with ACC and the District Health Board. She has also worked in a local accountancy firm prior to having children. Carla understands the rewards and challenges that farming life can bring and is passionate about people feeling supported in times of stress and having access to the correct resources and information so informed decisions can be made about their situation and positive outcomes achieved. Carla has a keen interest in sport, community life and spending time with her young family.

Our Trustees

  • Neil McLaren
    Chairperson
    Wairarapa

  • Mike Barham
    Trustee
    Hawkes Bay

  • Tony Rhodes
    Trustee
    Tararua

  • Mike McIldowie
    Trustee
    Gisborne

  • Kevin Mitchell
    Trustee
    Hawkes Bay

News & Alerts

Information and help for farmers and growers affected by ex-Cyclone storms and flooding

As at 2pm, Monday 24 April

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Outreach visits to farms and orchards started Monday 17th April and will continue through this week. Contact your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP) with information on the impacts on your farm, or requests for personal help.

  • Call Federated Farmers' helpline on 0800 327 646 option 3 for feed offers or requests, or option 4 for other on-farm help, including stock movements, generators etc.
  • Kiwifruit growers contact NZKGI on 0800 232 505
  • Other growers can contact HortNZ on 0508 467 869
  • Dairy farmers can contact DairyNZ on 0800 4 324 7969
  • Fonterra suppliers call 0800 656 568
  • Open Country suppliers call 021 860 515

If you’re worried about lost pets due to storms and flooding in the Whakatane region contact the Whakatane Emergency Operations Centre on 0800 306 0500

Boil water notices have been lifted.

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Want to work on an earthquake affected farm?

The skilled worker and volunteer programme

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Do you have on-farm experience, especially fencing, and want to work or volunteer on an earthquake-affected farm in Marlborough, Kaikoura or the Hurunui? 

Call now on 0800 327 646 (0800 FARMING) to lodge requests for help on the farm, or to offer your help as a volunteer or worker.

What is the skilled worker programme?

Government has provided $600k for the next four months to fund skilled on-farm workers and volunteers to assist with recovery from the Earthquake.

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/farm-earthquake-recovery-initiative-launches

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Velvetleaf Biosecurity Alert

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Author: SuperUser Account

Velvetleaf should be easy to spot among this season's fodder beet plantings. It usually stands well above the growing beet and looks distinctive.

However, in Southland it can be shorter and more difficult to spot amongst the crop.

If you have planted fodder beet, and in particular Kyros or Bangor varieties, check your fields.

If you find velvetleaf:

  • Take a photo of the plant or plants, if possible
  • Mark the location, so it's easy to find again
  • Do NOT remove it. This can only be done by a warranted officer
  • Contact MPI immediately on our pest and disease hotline – 0800 80 99 66.
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