Manawatu Rural Support Family Trust

Manawatu-Rangitikei Rural Family Support Trust

The Manawatu-Rangitikei Rural Family Support Trust was established to support farming families when times on the farm or within the family are tough.

This can include personal mental well-being, family relationships, farming difficulties, employment relationships, animal welfare concerns, financial difficulties and adverse climatic events and biosecurity incursions.

The Trust is there to help farming families and their community to recover from these challenges and build personal resilience.

The Trust is well connected to rural networks, rural professionals, health providers, Emergency Management ( Civil Defence) and local and Central Government agencies, the Trust provides a free confidential service and works with you to achieve positive outcomes for you, your family and your farming business.

For free and confidential help, contact us today on 0800 787 254 or complete the contact form on this page.

Email Us


Call the Manawatu-Rangitikei Rural Family Support Trust 

now on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP)

If calling from a landline you will be automatically connected to the duty coordinator, 

if calling from a mobile please  select option 2, then option 3 for Manawatu-Rangitikei


Donations can be made directly to the Manawatu-Rangitikei Rural Family Support Trust, 

Bank account number: 02 0727 0479518 02 

Please include your name as a reference and email if you would like a receipt

Our People


  • Ellen Bartlett - Trustee
  • Margaret Millard - Trustee
  • Murray Holdaway - Trustee (Trust Chairperson)
  • Robert Ervine - Trustee
  • Bryan Rendle - Trustee
  • Jeremy Neild - Trust Administrator
Support package for growers, farmers and businesses affected by North Island weather events

Support package for growers, farmers and businesses affected by North Island weather events

The package will be available to businesses in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Tairฤwhiti, Hawke's Bay, Tararua, and Wairarapa. 

July 4, 2023 0 Comments
Cyclone Gabrielle - Farmer and Grower Recovery Grants 2023

Cyclone Gabrielle - Farmer and Grower Recovery Grants 2023

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has $51 million to help farmers and growers, including whenua Mฤori owners, to recover from Cyclone Gabrielle. This funding is intended to assist farmers and growers in getting back to productivity as quickly as possible.

March 18, 2023 0 Comments

Upcoming Local Events

Help and resources available to you...


0800 4 324 7969

Beef + Lamb NZ
0800 733 466

0508 467 869

NZ Young Farmers
0800 699 346

Federated Farmers
0800 327 646

Dairy Women's Network
0800 396 748

0800 482 463


0800 543 354 or 09 522 2999 or Free text 4357 (HELP)

0800 376 633

0800 726 666

Alcohol Drug Helpline
0800 787 797

Gambling Helpline
0800 654 655

Rural Women New Zealand
0800 256 467

Rural Employee Scheme
0800 694 121

Rural Support Trust NZ


We are a voluntary Charitable Trust and would welcome your donation to help us continue
supporting our Rural Families.

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With thanks to our Principal Sponsors
Thanks to our Time Out Tour partners