Our Trust is about rural people helping rural people during difficult times - no matter what or when.

Our facilitators are skilled in assisting rural people through adverse events such as flooding, drought, snowstorms; as well as financial, animal welfare, and personal crises. Our Trust is well-connected to rural networks, rural professionals, Civil Defence, and local and central government agencies, so we are well-placed to get things done that might be difficult for individuals.

More specifically we:

Offer support during personal, environmental, and/or financial difficulties

Our facilitators are trained to help find options to manage these types of rural challenges. Sometimes all that's needed is someone to have a chat with. Or, we may facilitate a referral to the right professional help: financial and farm management, mentoring or counselling.

Help during and following an adverse weather event

We are directly linked into local Civil Defence, can provide you with information, and can assist you in getting emergency or on-going help. This may include movement of stock, financial and/or family support, labour or other needs during or following an adverse event.

Facilitate

Our coordinators can help facilitate your conversations with financial organisations, government agencies, and farm management consultancies.

News & Alerts

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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