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

Gisborne flooding a medium scale event

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

Flooding damage around the Tolaga Bay area of Gisborne meets the criteria for a medium scale event, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor and Associate Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri announced today.

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When farmland is flooded by seawater

Storm surges and king tides

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

What happens to farmland which has been flooded by seawater?

  • The impact will depend on how long the crop or pasture is covered by seawater. If it’s only for a short time – up to 48 hours – and gets good rainfall, grasses should bounce back. 
  • Rain is needed to wash the salt away. It’s likely the saltwater was diluted by the rains during the storm which measured up to 70mm.
  • The last similar event in the areas was 15 July 1995. This was during winter, there was plenty of rain to wash out, and pasture recovered well over a three month period.

 

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One of these things is not like the other

It’s easy to see if there’s a flood or an earthquake, but drought’s an odd one to call. When does a dry spell become a drought?

Friday, December 08, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

It’s easy to see if there’s a flood or an earthquake, but drought’s an odd one to call. When does a dry spell become a drought?

Dry spells and droughts are part of life for many farmers across New Zealand. Farmers monitor their local conditions, plan for dry weather, and make tough decisions early.

MPI doesn’t declare droughts, but help to identify if the impacts of a drought on the primary sector should be classified as a medium- or large-scale adverse event, under the criteria in the Primary Sector Recovery Policy.  

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Dry summer support

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Author: Marcia

The NIWA drought index measures dry conditions across the country. Their hotspot watch helps identify areas that are getting dry each week.

Like all adverse events, a drought is classified as either localised, medium-scale or large-scale.

What farmers need to do now

Don’t hold out for rain as a reason to delay any decisions you need to make. Make plans and decisions in light of current conditions and warm temperatures driving high evapotranspiration. It will take significant rainfall to slow down or reverse the dry conditions. 

That it is so dry so early in the season may further limit your options, or create uncertainty, such as decisions on which animals to sell or cull.

In many locations stock feed in the form of hay and silage is lower than normal due to the wet winter and spring. You need to understand your local situation and factor these delays in your planning.

Tips from farmers who have managed their way through past dry spells:

  •  Review the technical information from your industry bodies on managing in dry weather.
  • Do a feed budget.
  • Make a plan and set trigger points to make decisions or take action: Dates, stock condition, feed availability; Once a day milking, drying off, culling early.  Ensure relevant contract partners agree with the plan. When those points or times hit, enact your plan.
  • Keep an eye on climate predictions and soil moisture levels, especially on your own farm as it can vary from your neighbours’. (NIWA is useful).
  • Use water efficiently and plan for water restrictions. Check irrigation consents for any triggers that will require you to make changes to usage.
  • Ensure bores are well maintained and make contingency plans in case supply fails.
  • Look after your animals and regularly check their condition.
  • Make decisions for slaughter well in advance and book space in time (since killing space may be in high demand in your area)
  • Be vigilant on very hot days. Animals cannot be left for much time with no shade or access to water.
  • Be aware of increased risk of fire and take precautions
  • Talk to your bank, accountants and other advisors, seek their advice, and ask for help if you need it.        
  • Your Rural Support Trust is here to help. If you need to get pointed in the right direction for advice or information, are concerned about a friend, a neighbour, a worker…. or just need a private chat, their services are free & confidential. Call 0800 RURAL HELP (0800 787 254) or visit www.rural-support.org.nz.

This document will give you some tips and tricks for mitigating the dry hot summer conditions.

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