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: John Roberts
    Mobile: (027) 2000 851
    Email: JohnP.roberts19@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.

John RobertsJohn Roberts

Wairarapa Regional Coordinator

John lives in Masterton and has had several different careers including shepherding, farm training with the unemployed, crime prevention, working in the community, managing a freight company with 30 staff, and a funeral director for ten years. He was then a business manager of eight farms including dairy, sheep & beef, piggery and dry stock farms with 28 staff.

John is a great community man and understands the pressure people, especially the farming and rural community, are under. He is passionate about helping people ensuring they get the right support and help in times of stress. He will work hard for people to have access to the right information and resources to be able to make informed decisions about their situations, to ensure good outcomes are achieved.

John likes hunting, horse riding, gardening, and travel, but most of all enjoys being a husband, father and a grandad and having family time.

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

Support Teams Ready To Help - Hawke's Bay

https://farmersweekly.co.nz/section/agribusiness/view/support-teams-ready-to-help

Monday, April 6, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Dedicated teams have been set up to provide support for Hawke’s Bay farmers and rural communities affected by drought and constrained by the national lockdown.

Hawke’s Bay Rural Advisory Group co-chairmen Wade Nilsson and Lochie MacGillivray say the eight teams cover water, feed, logistics, finance, welfare, animal health, Maori liaison and Wairoa.

“These teams are operational and can provide specialist support in their particular area,” MacGillivray says.

“We are conducting surveys with people in the worst drought-affected areas as well as further afield and are working hard to find ways to support people.

“Our initial survey results show the main issues are around feed and water shortages, soil and moisture deficits, TB movement control and delays in getting animals to the works. We are helping these people in partnership with other agencies.”

The rural community, particularly in Central Hawke’s Bay, faces unprecedented drought conditions. They need help urgently. Some communities are also affected by bovine TB stock control.

“For those we aren’t in contact with, you can still contact our 0800 RURAL HELP number.”

Nilsson says the situation has been changing daily and he urges farmers to check on their neighbours as often as possible to see how they are and offer support if needed.

“The rural community is in the middle of a severe drought along with other significant pressures such as covid-19. The rural community knows how to rally together and support each other. We urge people to do just this and look after each other.”

Nilsson says anyone needing support should contact the East Coast Rural Support Trust on 0800 RURAL HELP for free and confidential advice or visit rural-support.org.nz.

Those wanting to buy or sell feed should check AgriHQ’s feed noticeboard at agrihq.co.nz/feed-noticeboard.

Farmers can find out if they qualify for financial help from the Farm Business Advice Support Fund, an initiative funded by banks and the Government that offers support for farmers struggling with farm debt.

For more information on the fund visit nzba.org.nz/2020/02/25/new-fund-to-get-advice-for-struggling-farmers-is-now-open/.

For more information on dealing with dry conditions visit www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/adverse-events/dealing-with-drought-conditions/.

The group, made up of representatives from rural and primary sector agencies, is working closely with Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group.

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Feed planning service

NZ-wide: for drought-affected farmers, and those affected by floods eariier.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Feed planning service flyer

MPI and partner agencies DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb NZ, AgFirst and Federated Farmers are providing remote feed planning support to farmers.

How it works

This service is based on level of need and operates on three levels:

1. In the first instance, we’ll work out how much feed you need. A call to an industry or levy body will get you a free stock take assessment of your feed planning needs.

2. In the second instance, where it’s required, we can offer more advice and practical support. An advisor will help you understand what needs to be done and how you can go about it.

3. Finally, we can also refer you to someone who can offer more in-depth support. We can refer you to a farm systems consultant, who can provide help over the phone or visit if it is a serious animal welfare issue. Please note this level 3 support is not free.

Please call one of these toll-free numbers:

Dry stock sector – Beef + Lamb 0800 BEEFLAMB (0800 233 352)
Dairy sector – DairyNZ 0800 4 DAIRYNZ (0800 4 324 7969)
AgFirst 0508 AGFIRST (0508 243 477)

 

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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

0800 RURAL HELP

www.rural-support.org.nz

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Cyclone Season

What to do in case of severe rain/storm

Monday, December 24, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

Before severe rain

· Keep an eye on weather reports and enact your plans for moving stock and supplementary feed to higher ground if needed.

· Clear gutters and drains where possible

· Have to hand a smartphone, a charger for the car, a torch, and a battery-powered radio

· Check your insurance cover details

 

During a flood or storm

· Keep an eye on https://www.civildefence.govt.nz/ and your regional council websites/facebook or radio station

· The safety of you, your family, and workers comes first.

· Move stock to safety, shelter and water and make sure they can't wander. Are the electric fences working?

· Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities as it can help prevent damage to your home or community. Unplug small appliances to avoid damage from power surges.

· Do not attempt to drive or walk through floodwaters unless essential.

· Check power and phones. Report outages.

· Check dogs, poultry and pets.

· Check on neighbours - do they need help or can they help you?

· Check buildings at risk, feed stacks. · Use generators if necessary to keep pumps, refrigeration, electric fences and household appliances running. Flood pumps may need attention. 

 

Further information:

https://www.dairynz.co.nz/business/adverse-events/flood/

https://beeflambnz.com/news-views/topics/flooding

MPI Animal welfare 

 

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